Adam Schiff from California, chairman of the Intelligence Committee fled when Republican legislators stormed a private meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 23, to demand transparency in the impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump.
The 30-strong group led by Florida’s Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz first held a meeting in front of media cameras on Wednesday, calling on Democrats to be more transparent about attempts to impeach the president.
Gaetz said, “If behind those doors they intend to overturn the results of an American presidential election, we want to know what’s going on.”
I’m gathered here with dozens of my congressional colleagues underground in the basement of the Capitol.
— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) October 23, 2019
Schiff is reported to have left as Republicans started marching in and held off until the lawmakers left the area.
“He doesn’t have the guts to come talk to us. He left. He just got up and left. He doesn’t have the guts to tell us why we can’t come in the room, why he doesn’t want this to be transparent,” Rep. Roger Marshall of Kansas said. “It’s the biggest facade, the biggest farce I’ve ever seen in my life.”
Rep. Ron Wright of Texas complained, “Instead of a conversation, Adam Schiff abruptly ended the deposition, taking the witness along with him. “
A few hours ago, we stormed into the #SCIF and demanded transparency during this impeachment inquiry. Instead of a conversation, Adam Schiff abruptly ended the deposition, taking the witness along with him.
This impeachment inquiry is an outrage. pic.twitter.com/StbNcA8fjj
— Ron Wright (@RepRonWright) October 23, 2019
Rep. Bill Johnson of Ohio also said, “Once we gained entry, instead of answering our questions about why we’ve been refused access, Adam Schiff up and left.”
I joined dozens of colleagues incl. @SteveScalise @Jim_Jordan + @RepMattGaetz to demand access to room where Dems are conducting secret impeachment proceedings. Once we gained entry, instead of answering our questions about why we’ve been refused access, Adam Schiff up and left. pic.twitter.com/JbyMlHDWjM
— Bill Johnson (@RepBillJohnson) October 23, 2019
Rep. Andy Biggs said, “When Republican members were in the SCIF, Chairman Schiff immediately left with the witness.
Reporting from Adam Schiff’s secret chamber….
When Republican members were in the SCIF, Chairman Schiff immediately left with the witness.
— Rep Andy Biggs (@RepAndyBiggsAZ) October 23, 2019
House Republicans stormed a closed-door meeting about the impeachment inquiry.
Chairman @RepAdamSchiff left the meeting with a witness they were questioning in secret.
Why is Schiff using a SCIF to hide from the American People?
— #ThePersistence (@ScottPresler) October 23, 2019
Earlier, Rep. Matt Gaetz spoke, “Whether you like Trump or dislike Trump, everyone in America should be against a system where people are trying to overturn the results of a presidential contest in the basement of the Capitol underground with secrecy and selective leaks.”
@RepMattGaetz: “Whether you like @realDonaldTrump or dislike Trump, everyone in America should be against a system where people are trying to overturn the results of a presidential contest in the basement of the Capitol underground with secrecy and selective leaks” #C2C @weartv pic.twitter.com/KXnQvFpT14
— C2C Sinclair (@SBGC2C) October 23, 2019
Meanwhile, actor Clint Eastwood expressed his support for the GOP lawmakers, saying “Great to see members of House GOP. Storming into ILLEGAL impeachment hall of Rep Adam Schiff & Jerry Nadler.”
Breaking 🚨 WOW!
— Clint Eastwood🇺🇸 (@ClintEastwoodLA) October 23, 2019