House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) told Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) to “absent yourself” after Gaetz crashed a closed-door impeachment hearing in mid-October, a newly released transcript showed.
Schiff has been leading the impeachment despite the process traditionally being overseen by the House Judiciary Committee. The House Foreign Affairs Committee and the House Oversight Committee have also been involved with the inquiry.
Gaetz entered the room during the deposition of Fiona Hill, a former National Security Council, on Oct. 14, prompting Schiff to interject and say: “Excuse me, could we suspend?”
“Do we have any members here that are not members of the three committees authorized to be present? Mr. Gaetz, youre not permitted to be in the room,” Schiff claimed.
“I am on the Judiciary Committee,” Gaetz said. Schiff responded: “Judiciary Committee is not a part of this hearing.”
“I thought the Judiciary Committee had jurisdiction over impeachment,” Gaetz asserted.
Schiff then ordered Gaetz to leave. “Mr. Gaetz, youre not permitted to be in the room. Please leave,” he said.
Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio)—a member of the House Oversight Committee, who was moved onto the House Intelligence Committee on Nov. 8—then chimed in, saying: “Mr. Chairman, really?”
“Yes, really,” Schiff said.
“Youre going to include Members of Congress on committees that have roles of impeachment—” Gaetz said, before Schiff interrupted him, saying: “Mr. Gaetz, take your statement to the press. They do you no good here. So, please, absent yourself.”
“Youre going to have someone remove me from the hearing?” Gaetz wondered.
“Youre going to remove yourself, Mr. Gaetz,” Schiff said.
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