Impeachment hearings, Day 2: Nunes, Stefanik pretend to be “gagged.”

Impeachment hearings, Day 2: Nunes, Stefanik pretend to be "gagged.".

by Jim Newell · November 15, 2019

Rep. Elise Stefanik questions former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch as she testifies before the House Intelligence Committee in the Longworth House Office Building on Capitol Hill on November 15, 2019 in Washington, DC.
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When the House Intelligence committee returned from intermission during its Friday impeachment hearing with former Ukraine Amb.
Marie Yovanovitch, the committee’s ranking member, Rep. Devin Nunes, tried to yield some of his time to a more junior Republican colleague, Rep. Elise Stefanik. As she began to speak, the Intel chairman, Rep. Adam Schiff, gaveled her off.

“What is the interruption for this time?” Stefanik shot back. Schiff reiterated that she wasn’t recognized.

“I just recognized her,” Nunes said.

Schiff explained to Nunes that under the resolution that the House passed two weeks ago laying out procedures for the impeachment inquiry, the ranking member—like the chairman himself, on his own turn—could only use his 45-minute period for his own questioning or to yield to his staff counsel.

“You’re gagging the young lady from New York?” Nunes said. When Stefanik began to speak again, Schiff had to cut her off again.

“This is the fifth time you have interrupted members of Congress, duly elected members of Congress,” Stefaik said. She turned off her mic and shook her head.

The exchange was written up in conservative media with headlines like, “Adam Schiff Repeatedly Refuses To Let GOP Congresswoman Talk During Hearing,” or, as Fox News splashed across its website, “GAGGING THE GENTLEWOMAN.” Stefanik issued her own breathless tweet over the incident.

Once again, Adam Schiff flat out REFUSES to let duly elected Members of Congress ask questions to the witness, simply because we are Republicans. His behavior is unacceptable and he continues to abuse his Chairmanship. Watch

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