On Wednesday morning, a gaggle of House Republicans led by head jester Matt Gaetz (R-FL) invaded a Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility in which the assistant deputy Secretary of Defense Laura Cooper was set to be deposed as part of the impeachment inquiry into President Trump.
Decrying the impeachment proceedings as a “sham,” the rambunctious herd of around 30 Freedom Caucus churls barged their way into the hearing in order to physically obstruct justice from being carried out. They began hooting and baying to announce their displeasure, trampling all protocol and their own dignity under their hooves while breaching security left and right, with some even having the gall to take pictures and tweet from the restricted area.
“Literally, some of them were just screaming about the president and what we’re doing to him,” recounted a stunned Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-FL).
We now know that this appalling behavior and veritable attack on the integrity of the oversight process was sanctioned by the President himself.
Bloomberg is reporting that the President had “advance knowledge and supported” the disgraceful display of hooliganism that was enacted on his behalf this morning. Last night, Trump met with the Freedom Caucus to “discuss” the impeachment proceedings and to plot a counter attack. This is apparently the best thing they could come up with in order to stop the damning flow of evidence against the president from flooding into the public record.
NEW: Trump had advance knowledge and supported a protest by Republicans who told him they planned to barge into a secure hearing room on Capitol Hill where Democrats are holding impeachment testimonies, according to four people familiar with the matter.https://t.co/FD93uj4HNW
— Kevin Whitelaw (@KevinWhitelaw1) October 23, 2019
It is beyond infuriating to see the same smug jackals who decried the protestors at accused sexual assailant and shameless perjurer Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing as an “unruly mob” now adopt the thuggish strong-arm tactics of a tinpot autocracy. The implications are similarly disturbing for the future of these hearings, as today’s little stunt shows a remarkable willingness to throw every rule, norm, and protocol out the window in order to protect the Republican stranglehold on power.
This shows once again that the Republican Party and its minions immediately discard all respect for the rule of law or the integrity and dignity of the institutions they represent the instant that they cannot be used to enable their psychotic agenda. House leadership must take immediate decisive action to punish those responsible and take measures to prevent these kinds of shenanigans from happening in the future.
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Opinion columnist and former editor-in-chief of Occupy Democrats. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice and equality in America.