Numerous Republicans on Capitol Hill stormed a closed-door meeting on Wednesday to protest Democrats’ secretive impeachment proceedings, with one representative calling the process “the biggest farce of my life.”
The politicians barged into the meeting where Laura Cooper, deputy assistant secretary of Defense for Russia, Ukraine, and Eurasia, was preparing to be deposed by Democrats.
House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) made comments outside the hearing room:
“The fact that Adam Schiff won’t even let the press in — you can’t even go in and see what’s going on in that room. Voting members of Congress are being denied access from being able to see what’s happening behind these closed doors, where they’re trying to impeach the president of the United States with a one-sided set of rules, they call the witnesses.”
Following the interruption, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, one of the most prominent advocates of impeaching the president, left the room. Cooper departed with him.
Rep. Roger Marshall (R-Kan.) also commented:
“He doesn’t have the guts to come talk to us,” he said of Schiff. “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. It’s the biggest facade, biggest farce of my life.”