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Republican Lawmakers Storm the Gates…Or Something Like That

Filed under: General — Dana @ 5:32 pm

[guest post by Dana]

So this was a thing yesterday:

Fox News is told that the members led by Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., actually entered not just the non-secure anteroom and hallways of the Sensitive Compartmentalized Information Facility (SCIF), but the secure room where Cooper was to be deposed.

That’s where members are not supposed to have electronic devices. Members are asked to agree to an oath that they will not do so. The facility was swept for electronic devices after member gave up their devices.

It appeared one member didn’t surrender their device, prompting a deeper scrub that took around two hours.

The standoff occurred after lawmakers held a news conference accusing Democrats of lacking transparency and specifically calling out Schiff, who is leading the impeachment investigation into President Trump.

From there, the House Republicans stormed in the room where Cooper, who has overseen Ukraine policy at the Pentagon, was set to testify.


The members who violated the rules of the SCIF could be referred to the House Ethics Committee, one source told Fox News.

“We made our point,” said one Republican who asked not to be identified.

After filling their tummies on Dominoe’s pizza, the invaders allegedly sought martyrdom for their cause:

There was never any threat of arrest, but a source said some members asked to be arrested, citing the optics of being marched out of the SCIF in handcuffs in front of throngs of reporters and news cameras. That would have surely supported a running GOP narrative that Democrats have run amok with the impeachment process.

Be proud and walk tall, GOP.

Today, 44 Republicans signed onto Lindsay Graham’s resolution condemning the impeachment inquiry.

Also, President Trump sent his thanks to Republican lawmakers for their heroic efforts…well, some of them anyway… not the human scum ones:

(Cross-posted at The Jury Talks Back.)


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