The Miami-Dade Democratic Party on Thursday filed a bar complaint with the Florida State Bar against Republican Congressman Matt Gaetz, alleging he violated House rules when he stormed a highly classified information facility during President Donald Trump‘s impeachment inquiry.
The complaint cites two instances where Gaetz attempted to enter restricted interview hearings.
In one attempt, two dozen Republicans tried to enter a secure hearing room to interrupt the deposition of Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Laura Cooper. In a separate instance, Gaetz was kicked out of a closed-door interview with Fiona Hill, who served as a White House advisor on Russia.
“[We have] taken action to hold one of President Trump’s top defenders accountable for violating legal ethics by risking America’s national security to ‘grandstand’ in Congress which entailed breaking into a secure, compartmented information facility, then ordering pizza,” stated the Miami-Dade Democratic Party in a press release.
“Both intrusions are improper, unprofessional and unethical and were meant only to feed Gaetz’s unjustifiably large ego and penchant for grandstanding,” the Bar complaint reads.
“These instances were in direct violation of operative rules contained in the 116th Congress Regulations for Use of Deposition Authority.”
The @MiamiDadeDems have filed a bar complaint against Florida lawyer @mattgaetz.@RepMattGaetz’s grave misconduct violated the rules of the @TheFlaBar by obstructing the House's impeachment inquiry which the bar previously determined to be subject to its disciplinary process. pic.twitter.com/ytIQKP8Inb
— Steve Simeonidis (@stevesimeonidis) February 6, 2020