More than two dozen House Republicans, led by Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz, delayed a deposition hearing in the ongoing impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump’s conduct regarding Ukraine.
Gaetz, a loyal supporter of President Trump, led more than 30 Republican lawmakers to “crash” the closed-door impeachment inquiry hearings being conducted by the House Intelligence, Foreign Affairs, and Oversight and Reform committees.
WATCH: here's the video of when 2 dozen GOP members, led by @mattgaetz entered the secure hearing room (SCIF) to interrupt witness testimony in the #ImpeachmentInquiry as they demand access, despite not being committee members. They're complaining it's a "Soviet-style process". pic.twitter.com/8KddYz3r9D
— Scott Thuman (@ScottThuman) October 23, 2019
The Florida congressman and the group marched into the secure facility at the Capitol building known as a Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF) where House Democrats were scheduled to interview Pentagon official Laura Cooper, a witness in the probe.
After “crashing” the hearing, Gaetz told TMZ: “We were like the 300s, standing in the breach to try to stop the radical left from storming over our democracy.”
Asked if Trump told him to crash the hearings, Gaetz replied, “No, I haven’t chatted with the president about it, though I suspect he might have a view he might want to share after today.”
“I love the president so much I may never love another president,” he added.
Late Night host Seth Meyers blasted Gaetz’s political stunt.
“I haven’t seen a group of white guys so angry since they found out their tickets to Don Henley are obstructed view,” Meyers said. “Looks like a protest outside a pharmacy that ran out of Viagra. They shouldn’t be at the Capital; they should be standing at a counter at McDonald’s demanding to see the manager.”