On the second day of impeachment hearings against President Donald Trump, led by House Intelligence Committee chairman and Trump opponent Adam Schiff, Republican senators demanded to be heard.
Shortly after the session began, Ranking Member Rep. David Nunes (R-Calif.), who is also a member of the House Intelligence Committee, said the funds for the government, which are due to expire next week, have not been approved yet, according to Business & Politics.
Nunes added in his opening statement, “Instead, the Democrats have convened us once again to advance their operation to topple a duly elected president. I’ll note that five—five—Democrats on this committee had already voted to impeach this president before the Trump-Zelenskiy phone call occurred.”
The Nunes also noted that Democrats have been committed to ousting the president since the day he was elected and that for the same reason Americans might suspect that the phone call between President Trump and the Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy was an excuse to carry out their mission.
Nunes also accused them of having held six other sessions at the Capitol secretly as a kind of “cult,” but noted that after the opening of the hearing on Nov. 13, Americans were able to see the farce for themselves.
During the meeting, Nunes also read the record of the transcript of the first call, the one before the impeachment inquiry call against President Trump has been triggered, taking advantage of the fact that the White House made the material public before starting the second hearing.
After Nunes’s intervention and before Schiff began his speech, Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) interrupted by making a point of order and then said, “Will the chairman continue to prohibit witnesses from answering Republican questions, as you’ve done in closed hearings and did this week when you interrupted our questions?”
Schiff, visibly annoyed, stated that it was not a suitable point of order, willing to discuss the first of the transcripts of the call between Trump and Zelenskiy, but at that time Rep. Jim Jordan(R-Ohio) intervened by suggesting that the interposed point of order be continued.
However, Schiff refused to grant Jordan’s request by ratifying his decision with his gavel and proceeded to accuse President Trump of not releasing other documents but only moments later he was interrupted again by Jordan, who ask him to release transcripts of the statements of four witnesses.
After again denying Jordan’s request, Schiff accused the president of obstructing his investigation in the impeachment inquiry.
At one point Stefanik again tried to get Schiff to listen to her while Jordan kept complaining, the chairman of the House Institutional Committee then banged his gavel and continued to accuse President Trump.
The first minutes of the session left a moment of tension and later Schiff introduced the witness of the day, Marie Yovanovitch, a former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, who in her testimony admitted that the State Department of the Obama administration trained her to answer questions about Hunter, son of former Vice President Joe Biden.
Regarding Hunter Biden’s role on the board of the Ukrainian company Burisma Holdings, Yovanovich revealed that his position was a problem for the Obama administration.