House Republicans storm closed hearing in order to disrupt impeachment inquiry.

By |2019-10-23T10:52:54-08:00October 23rd, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |53 Comments


Courtesy of The Daily Beast:

House Republicans took their impeachment grievances to a more confrontational level on Wednesday, barging in to a secure facility during a closed-door witness deposition and refusing to leave until Democrats held open hearings.

The gambit—cooked up by the pro-Trump brawler Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) and endorsed by House GOP leadership—derailed the closed-door deposition of Laura Cooper, a Pentagon official with jurisdiction over Ukraine policy, before it even started. And it left Democrats indignant that their colleagues had violated long standing rules about interviewing witnesses in classified settings.

Cell phones, for example, are not allowed in Sensitive Compartmented Information Facilities (also known as SCIFs). But the Republican members who barged into those facilities had taken their phones with them and appeared to be live-tweeting from inside the room. Lawmakers and aides said that, as of noon on Wednesday, the SCIF was being swept for electronic surveillance devices because the Republicans brought in their phones, delaying the start of Cooper’s deposition. Democrats were also contemplating whether to bring in the U.S. Capitol Police in order to drag out the protesting members.

The standoff began shortly after a press conference in the morning, in which GOP members denounced what they called Democrats’ “sham” impeachment process—a complaint that they’ve made central to their impeachment pushback.

In a scheme that drew parallels to the infamous Brooks Brother riots that upended the 2000 Florida recount, Gaetz led about 25 House Republican lawmakers into the secure basement SCIF, where bipartisan members of the three committees leading the impeachment inquiry—and only members of those three committees—are allowed to go during the impeachment investigation.

According to Democratic lawmakers in the room, the Republicans blew past police officers to enter the room and began shouting once they got there, loudly denouncing the process and impeachment in general.

It should be pointed out that the way this inquiry is going closely matches with the investigation leading up to Bill Clinton’s impeachment and Richard Nixon’s impeachment. 

The only thing new here is the fact that Trump’s sycophants have been ordered to do something, anything to slow down this process and they are complyng with their master’s commands. 

The entire strategy here is to obstruct and delay.

Beyond that Trump and his supporters have nothing. 

We should also note that what they did was a crime.

Should we all start chanting “Lock them up” now?

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53 Comments

  1. Anon October 23, 2019 at 1:59 pm

    Does anyone have a list of the names of the ones that pushed their way in?
    I think it should be made public.

    • Anonymous October 23, 2019 at 2:17 pm

      Agree!

  2. AK Lynne October 23, 2019 at 2:05 pm

    Along with their mug shots.

    • OK October 23, 2019 at 2:15 pm

      https://www.cnn.com/2019/10/23/politics/trump-tax-return-appeal/index.html

      “Trump couldn’t be charged for a Fifth Avenue shooting while in office, his lawyer argues”

    • Anonymous October 23, 2019 at 6:50 pm

      Yes too bad they were only showing the shoes of the toddlers having their temper tantrum.

      they should all be locked up in the naughty room (jail) for a time out, they act like children, treat them like children. Plus hit them with censure and a nice big fine, because nothing gets the attention of the republicans than $$$.

  3. anon October 23, 2019 at 2:12 pm

    https://www.politicususa.com/2019/10/23/trump-knew-about-in-advance-and-supported-illegal-gop-impeachment-tantrum.html

    The protest was both idiotic and illegal, so of course, it was an idea that Trump loved.
    It also backfired and highlighted the reality that Republicans can stage stunts, but they can’t dispute the facts are going to get Trump impeached.

    https://www.politicususa.com/2019/10/23/impeachment-hearing-recording-devices.html

    https://www.politicususa.com/2019/10/23/republicans-crash-impeachment-hearing.html

    Adam Schiff kicks out 3 dozen House Republicans who tried to crash impeachment hearing.

    • Anonymous October 23, 2019 at 6:51 pm

      I wouldn’t be surprised if it was trump’s idea, he likes infantile stunts.

  4. anonymous October 23, 2019 at 2:21 pm

    ‘Federal Crime’ to ‘Own the Libs’: Congressman’s Recording of GOP Storming Impeachment Hearing Causes Shock

    https://www.mediaite.com/online/federal-crime-to-own-the-libs-congressmans-recording-of-gop-storming-impeachment-hearing-causes-shock/

  5. anonymous October 23, 2019 at 2:28 pm
  6. ANON October 23, 2019 at 2:29 pm

    https://www.rawstory.com/2019/10/how-much-did-you-get-for-your-soul-internet-dogpiles-lindsey-graham-after-he-walks-back-criticism-of-scif-raid/

    It’s too late to put a ‘oh, it was nothing’ spin on it. THEY ALL COMMITTED A FEDERAL FELONY.

    • Anonymous October 23, 2019 at 10:43 pm

      The imbecile “Storm Troopers” should all lose whatever security clearances the might have, for this blatant violation of security rules

  7. anonymous October 23, 2019 at 2:35 pm
  8. Anonymous in Chicago October 23, 2019 at 2:55 pm

    How did that piss ant Matt Gaetz get elected?

    • Anonymous October 23, 2019 at 3:54 pm

      Same way the idiot in the WH did!

      • Anonymous in Chicago October 23, 2019 at 4:05 pm

        Let’s hope the Russians aren’t going to infiltrate the 2020 House & Senate elections, too.

    • Idiot October 24, 2019 at 11:56 am

      The roaring 20s might be a hint. /\

  9. anonymous October 23, 2019 at 2:58 pm

    Judge Orders Trump Admin to Produce Ukraine Records, Giuliani’s Communications May Be Exposed

    https://lawandcrime.com/high-profile/federal-judge-orders-state-department-to-produce-ukraine-related-records/

  10. anonymous October 23, 2019 at 3:01 pm

    Ukrainian President Reportedly Felt Pressure From Trump to Investigate Bidens Before Even Taking Office

    https://www.mediaite.com/politics/ukrainian-president-reportedly-felt-pressure-from-trump-to-investigate-bidens-before-even-taking-office/

    ‘The Best Trump Can Hope for Is Mercy’: CNN Legal Analyst Offers Damning Assessment of Impeachment Case

    https://www.mediaite.com/news/the-best-trump-can-hope-for-is-mercy-cnn-legal-analyst-offers-damning-assessment-of-impeachment-case/

  11. anonymous October 23, 2019 at 3:03 pm

    Trump Calls Republicans Who Oppose Him ‘Human Scum’: ‘More Dangerous For Our Country’ Than Democrats

    https://www.mediaite.com/trump/trump-calls-republicans-who-oppose-him-human-scum-more-dangerous-for-our-country-than-democrats/

  12. anonymous October 23, 2019 at 3:06 pm

    Far-Right TV Host Rick Wiles: If Trump is Removed His Supporters Will ‘Hunt Down’ Democrats

    ….. “If they take him out, there is going to be violence in America. There are people in this country, veterans, cowboys, mountain men, guys that know how to fight, and they’re going to make a decision that the people that did this to Donald Trump are not going to get away with it and they’re going to hunt them down,” Wiles said, before adding that he is deadly “serious.”

    “If these people in Washington think that they are going to get away with it, it’s not going to happen,” he continued. “The Trump supporters are going to hunt them down. It’s going to happen and this country is going to be plunged into darkness and they brought it upon themselves because they won’t back off.”

    Wiles, who refers to Jews and Muslims as “the Antichrist,” went on to say that Trump supporters “are fed up” with Democrats and the media and are on the verge of starting another civil war.

    “They know if they get away this, there’s no country left it’s done, it’s finished,” he added. “When people have lost everything … they just lose it, alright, they’re going to go on a rampage and you’re not going to be able to put it back in the bottle.”

    Wiles’ co-host then chimed in to say, “Once the blood starts flowing, it’s nearly impossible to stop.”

    https://www.mediaite.com/trump/far-right-tv-host-rick-wiles-if-trump-is-removed-his-supporters-will-hunt-down-democrats/

    • Anon October 23, 2019 at 6:12 pm

      Some people will do anything for attention. Other people would be happy to demonstrate how true the ” liberalism is a mental disorder” mantra is, when they blow your head offa your shoulders then make you bend over and pick it up.

  13. anonymous October 23, 2019 at 3:08 pm

    NYC Bar Association: If AG Barr Doesn’t Recuse Himself From Ukraine Matter, He Should Resign or Be Removed

    https://lawandcrime.com/high-profile/nyc-bar-association-if-ag-barr-doesnt-recuse-himself-from-ukraine-matter-he-should-resign-or-be-removed/

  14. anonymous October 23, 2019 at 3:10 pm

    Conservative congressmen storm secure impeachment hearing room in Capitol basement and stage sit-in with pizza, Chick-fil-A and forbidden cellphones while Democrats vent anger about stunt that drew POLICE to clear the room

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7605073/Pentagon-official-handling-Ukraine-Russia-appears-impeachment-inquiry.html

  15. anonymous October 23, 2019 at 3:14 pm

    Republican CEO of Dick’s Sporting Goods floats third-party presidential bid in move that could play spoiler for Donald Trump’s reelection

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7605121/Republican-CEO-Dicks-floats-party-bid-play-spoiler-Trump.html

  16. anonymous October 23, 2019 at 3:40 pm

    Document reveals how the White House cheered up Trump after his meltdown at #MAGA rally in Dallas

    https://www.rawstory.com/2019/10/document-reveals-how-the-white-house-cheered-up-trump-after-his-meltdown-at-maga-rally-in-dallas/

    ‘How much did you get for your soul?’ Internet dogpiles Lindsey Graham after he walks back criticism of SCIF raid

    https://www.rawstory.com/2019/10/how-much-did-you-get-for-your-soul-internet-dogpiles-lindsey-graham-after-he-walks-back-criticism-of-scif-raid/

    House Homeland Security chairman directs sergeant at arms to ‘take action’ against Republicans who raided SCIF

    On Wednesday, House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-MS) sent a letter to the Congressional sergeant at arms, Paul Irving, asking him to “take action” against the gang of House Republicans who invaded the classified information facility during an impeachment hearing.

    “This unprecedented breach of security raises serious concerns for Committee Chairmen, including me, responsible for maintaining SCIFs,” wrote Thompson. “As such, I am requesting you take action with respect to the Members involved in the breach. More broadly, I urge you to take House-wide action to remind all Members about the dangers of such reckless action and the potential national security risks of such behavior.”

    Read the full letter below:

    https://www.rawstory.com/2019/10/house-homeland-security-chairman-directs-sergeant-at-arms-to-take-action-against-republicans-who-raided-scif/

  17. anonymous October 23, 2019 at 3:41 pm

    ‘Hard to overstate’ how badly Taylor’s testimony damaged Trump: Ex-federal prosecutor

    https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2019/10/23/william-taylor-testimony-donald-trump-229875

  18. wrote in lisa once. never again October 23, 2019 at 4:26 pm

    When this was first reported,the picture that popped into my mind was a mob of dentally challenged zombies armed with rag torches and pitchforks. Someone could have gotten an eye poked out. Lindsay Grahams fainting couch must be taking a beating.

    • Anon October 23, 2019 at 8:19 pm

      I heard Frank was an ass-grabber. 😆😆😆

  19. anonymous October 23, 2019 at 5:55 pm

    Trump Demands 16 More Years In Office During Speech In Pittsburgh

    Trump was supposed to be giving an official presidential speech to an energy conference in Pittsburgh, PA. Instead, he ranted about impeachment, Democrats, and got the crowd to chant 16 more years.

    Trump said, “Wow. Look at the great people. Thank you very much. Four more years. Why don’t you drive them crazy and go sixteen more years? You’ll drive them crazy.”

    Video:

    Here’s Trump, during an official White House event, urging people to urge him to shred the Constitution by chanting “16 more years” pic.twitter.com/GQgP8q3zEZ

    — Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) October 23, 2019

    The White House Pool report as provided to PoliticusUSA revealed how Trump tried to turn an energy conference into a campaign event, “The blatant politicking highlighted the two separate crowds at the speech: the shale conference attendees at the front of the room who largely sat silent through the campaign-style speech, and the roughly 1,000 supporters in a general admission section at the back of the room who erupted in loud cheers for the president.”

    https://www.politicususa.com/2019/10/23/trump-16-more-years.html

    • anonymous October 23, 2019 at 5:58 pm

      Trump Brags About Building A ‘Beautiful’ Wall In Colorado Even Though It’s Not A Border State

      The very public decline of Donald Trump continued on Wednesday as the president bragged about building a wall in the western state of Colorado. The only problem with that idea, of course, is that Colorado isn’t a border state.

      Trump’s remarks, which were completely on brand, came during a speech in Pittsburgh earlier in the day.

      “We’re building a wall on the border of New Mexico and we’re building a wall in Colorado,” the president said.

      This is the same speech in which Trump declared that he deserves 16 more years – four more terms – in the Oval Office.

      Video:

      https://www.politicususa.com/2019/10/23/trump-brags-building-wall-colorado-not-a-border-state.html

      • Anonymous October 23, 2019 at 6:54 pm

        He deserves 16 years alright, at least e16 years in prison.

  20. anonymous October 23, 2019 at 6:11 pm

    John Lithgow Brutally Parodies Rudy Giuliani: ‘Your Facts Are All Wrong!… Zip it! And Ask Me a Question’

    https://www.mediaite.com/tv/watch-john-lithgow-brutally-parodies-rudy-giuliani-on-cbs-late-show-your-facts-are-all-wrong-zip-it-and-ask-me-a-question/

    😂😂😂

  21. anonymous October 23, 2019 at 6:15 pm

    White House Threatens to Veto Bill Requiring Campaigns to Report ‘Illicit Offers’ From Foreign Governments

    https://lawandcrime.com/high-profile/white-house-threatens-to-veto-bill-requiring-campaigns-to-report-illicit-offers-from-foreign-governments/

    https://youtu.be/enCqDfQnXs4

  22. anonymous October 23, 2019 at 7:08 pm

    6) Fox is told there was never any chance mbrs who barged into SCIF would be arrested by USCP wBut some mbrs members asked to be arrested. They wanted the optic of being frog marched out of the SCIF in front of TV cameras. That would help w/GOP narrative of Dem process abuse

    https://www.mediaite.com/politics/house-republicans-reportedly-asked-to-be-arrested-after-crashing-secure-impeachment-hearing/

  23. anonymous October 23, 2019 at 7:10 pm

    ‘He’s long ago left the fact-based world’: Ex-CIA operative takes down Trump’s lies about recapturing ISIS fighters

    https://www.rawstory.com/2019/10/hes-long-ago-left-the-fact-based-world-ex-cia-operative-takes-down-trumps-lies-about-recapturing-isis-fighters/

  24. anonymous October 23, 2019 at 7:25 pm

    Trump’s Legal Team Is Now Openly Acknowledging That He Is Committing Crimes

    https://www.politicususa.com/2019/10/23/trump-legal-team-acknowledging-his-crimes.html

  25. anonymous October 23, 2019 at 7:32 pm

    ISIS has begun using teenage app TikTok to post shocking clips of victims being BEHEADED – sparking a frantic battle to delete the accounts

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7606949/The-Islamic-State-used-popular-teenage-app-TikTok-share-torture-videos.html

  26. anonymous October 23, 2019 at 7:41 pm

    Attorney general Bill Barr asked Italy’s spy chiefs what FBI agents were up to in the country before the 2016 election, Italy’s prime minister reveals

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7605627/PM-Conte-testifies-Italys-intelligence-contacts-US.html

  27. anonymous October 23, 2019 at 7:57 pm

    US forces reveal they have seen evidence of war crimes during Erdogan’s offensive in Syria – as new frontline footage shows pro-Turkey fighters trampling on the corpse of a female Kurdish fighter and branding her a whore

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7606299/US-forces-reveal-seen-evidence-war-crimes-Erdogans-offensive-Syria.html

  28. anonymous October 23, 2019 at 8:18 pm

    Giuliani’s ‘proof’ that Biden was corrupt was paid for by an indicted oligarch who funded Manafort

    https://www.dailykos.com/story/2019/10/18/1893457/-Giuliani-s-proof-that-Biden-was-corrupt-was-paid-for-by-an-indicted-oligarch-who-funded-Manafort

    • anon October 24, 2019 at 8:01 am

      Dmytro Firtash
      Finally, June 2019, brought word that Firtash had raked in an astounding $1.5 billion just while sitting in place, fighting off what increasingly seemed like an nonexistent effort to bring him to justice.

      With all that cash in the bank, it shouldn’t be surprising that Firtash had some money left over for projects: Projects like weaving together conspiracy theories with the express purpose of luring in Rudy Giuliani and Donald Trump. Projects like bribing a former Ukraine prosecutor to make up lies about Joe Biden.

      When Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman were arrested at Dulles International Airport, it wasn’t surprising to find that they had one-way tickets to Vienna. They were going home to Firtash, and the recently indicted pair weren’t just funneling thousands of dollars to Trump’s campaign. As Bloomberg reports, Firtash’s bag men began working on making up Biden dirt over a year ago. To make the Giuliani-Trump connection, Firtash brought in Trump fans Joe diGenova and Victoria Toensing as his new attorneys.”

      “no one was more willing to play for both sides than Rudy Giuliani. As it turns out, the whole basis of the “case” Giuliani has been selling, the “confession” from a Ukrainian prosecutor that Giuliani took to The New York Times and which the Times in turn made into page one news, was bought and paid for by Dmytro”

  29. anonymous October 23, 2019 at 8:19 pm

    Trump administration talking tough about another government shutdown for border wall funding

    https://www.dailykos.com/story/2019/10/18/1893405/-Trump-administration-talking-tough-about-another-government-shutdown-for-border-wall-funding

    🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️

  30. anonymous October 23, 2019 at 9:01 pm

    Seth Meyers says Republicans storming classified room looked like a protest at a pharmacy that ran out of Viagra

    https://www.rawstory.com/2019/10/seth-meyers-says-republicans-storming-classified-room-looked-like-a-protest-at-a-pharmacy-that-ran-out-of-viagra/

  31. anonymous October 23, 2019 at 10:29 pm

    Twitter Users Break Out The Popcorn As Ocasio-Cortez Smokes Zuckerberg

    The freshman lawmaker had the Facebook CEO drawing blanks during a congressional hearing.

    https://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/us_5db0d79ae4b01ca2a857300f

  32. Anonymous October 24, 2019 at 3:49 am

    No doubt Putin is behind Shitgibbon’s call for “16 more years”. Putin thinks he can be president for llife by jailing his opponenets. Shitgibbon loves that idea.
    Be prepared for the shitgibbon to declare martial law and postpone the elections, keeping himself in power. Putin has plan A -Z for keeping his little puppet in place.
    BE AWARE.

  33. Anonymous October 24, 2019 at 3:57 am

    I’m assigning everyone homework. Some fo you have already done this assignment and turned it in.
    Watch the Handmaid’s Tale episode where June is in the old Boston Globe Building hiding out awaiting recue to Canada. The building is long abandoned and the journalists were massacred in the building.
    She has plant of time and so she reads ALL the articles from the past years where the entire process of the coup was laid out . Just like now, our democracy is being undermined. The headlines are there, yet we do nothing. We are letting this happen to ourselves. We need to be more vocal. We are well on ou way to Gilead.

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