Congressmen Matt Gaetz & Steve Scalise Storm SCIF to Demand Transparency in Impeachment Proceedings with Over 50 Republican Colleagues

October 23, 2019
Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Today, Congressman Matt Gaetz (FL-01) and House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (LA-01) hosted a press conference in the Capitol, demanding more transparency and fairness in Democrats’ impeachment proceedings with more than 50 of their Republican colleagues. Immediately following the press conference, Reps. Gaetz and Scalise led their colleagues into the Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF), where they attempted to observe the deposition. Upon entering the room, Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (CA-28) left the room with the witness, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Russia, Ukraine and Eurasia, Laura Cooper.

 

Rep. Gaetz, a member of the House Judiciary Committee, has long been a vocal critic of the Democrats’ secretive, closed-door impeachment inquiry. Last week, Rep. Gaetz attempted to attend a deposition, but Intelligence Committee Chairman Schiff ordered him to be removed from the room. 


The video and rough transcript of his opening remarks at the press conference can be found below.

 

 

TRANSCRIPT

 

“I'm gathered here with dozens of my Congressional colleagues, underground in the basement of the Capitol, and behind those doors they intend to overturn the results of an American presidential election. We want to know what is going on. 

 

It's only reasonable we would have questions, but so far Adam Schiff's impeachment inquiry has been marked by secret interviews, selective links, and weird theatrical performances of transcripts that never happened, and lies about contact with the whistleblower.

 

We are going to try and go in there, and we’re going to try to figure out what is going on behalf of the millions of Americans that we represent, who want to see Congress working for them, and not obsessed with attacking a president who we believe has not done anything to deserve impeachment.”

 

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