Former White House aide Charles Kupperman’s decision not to testify is coming to the frustration of House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff.
One of America’s Emily Finn explains the continuous push-back from GOP lawmakers on what they consider to be an illegitimate investigation. [RELATED: REPORT: Quid Pro Joe Denied Holy Communion At Mass Due To Stance On Abortion]
This comes after GOP members STORMED the basement meeting House Democrats were holding in secret las week.
Led by House Judiciary Committee member Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), the Republican lawmakers attempted to enter the room where Schiff has been bringing in current and former State Department officials to testify on whether President Trump withheld military aid from Ukraine in exchange for alleged help with the 2020 election.
A senior Pentagon official working on Ukraine, Laura Cooper, was scheduled to testify, but due restrictions set by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Schiff, members of the Armed Services Committee — which has oversight over the Pentagon — were not allowed to attend. [RELATED: MIC DROP! President Trump Calls Adam Schiff ‘The Biggest Leaker’ In Washington]
House Armed Services Committee member and Green Beret Rep. Mike Waltz (R-FL) told reporters outside the room that he has served in third world countries more transparent than the way Schiff was handling the impeachment inquiry.
House Foreign Affairs Committee member Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY), who has attended every hearing, said by mid-day Wednesday, some Republican lawmakers were still inside the secret room, known as a Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility, or SCIF.
“The members are still there,” Zeldin said. “We want to hear from this witness. But we want our colleagues to hear from this witness, too. Especially those members who are on the House Armed Services Committee. The person coming to testify is from the Department of Defense.” [RELATED: Former National Security Adviser Refuses to Testify Before Congress In Impeachment Farce]
“This is more the jurisdiction of the House Armed Services Committee than it is than any of the other three committees [involved in the impeachment inquiry],” he said. “But we want the deposition to take place, but we don’t want it to be happening so much in secret that even most of Congress can’t even know what’s going on.”