Rep. Matt Gaetz Thrown Out of Impeachment Inquiry Hearing


from The Epoch Times:

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) was thrown out of a closed-door impeachment inquiry hearing on Oct. 14.

Gaetz is a member of the House Judiciary Committee, which historically has handled impeachment inquiries.

But that committee has not been directly involved in the inquiry against President Donald Trump, which is being handled by the House Intelligence, Foreign Affairs, and Oversight committees.

“Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler claimed to have begun the impeachment inquiry weeks ago,” Gaetz said in a statement after leaving the room where the hearing was taking place on Monday.

“Now, his own Judiciary members aren’t even allowed to participate in it. And yes – my constituents want me actively involved in stopping the #KangarooCourtCoup run by Shifty Schiff,” he added, referring to House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.).

“Chairman Schiff and the radical democrats are now active participants in the coup. To exclude Members of Congress from hearings confirms the American people’s suspicions: this is not a legitimate ‘impeachment inquiry’ — it is a charade,” he added in another statement.

“Chairman Schiff and Speaker Pelosi are equally complicit in hiding and obfuscating the truth. Blocking Members of Congress from attending ‘impeachment’ hearings is not only unfair, it runs counter to our Democracy.”

Gaetz said that “the perpetrators of this impeachment hoax must be held accountable—both by the Congress, and by the American people.”

Trump and a number of Republicans have been critical of the inquiry, noting the House never voted to start the probe.

House Democrats haven’t responded publicly to Gaetz.

According to CNN reporter Manu Raju, Gaetz exited the hearing, saying he was kicked out by House Democrats because he’s not a member of the three committees involved in the hearing. The House parliamentarian informed Gaetz he could not be there.

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