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A dozen Republican congressmen just came together to storm a secure facility in which impeachment investigators have been deposing witnesse...

Republicans Storm Democrats’ Closed Impeachment Proceedings – Cause Major Delay

A dozen Republican congressmen just came together to storm a secure facility in which impeachment investigators have been deposing witnesses in closed proceedings against President Donald Trump, causing a massive delay.

Politico reported that as of mid-morning, both sides were trying to work through the standoff, as Republicans who do not normally sit in on such proceedings refused to leave the Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF), which is located in the basement of the Capitol. Democrats fired back by saying that they had no right to be there in the first place. The storming of the facility was reportedly led by House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.).

Sources have claimed that the Republican lawmakers brought their cellphones to the secure area, which is a clear violation of House rules. Democrats have acknowledged that Republicans have caused a delay in their depositions by storming the facility.

“It’s completely inappropriate. When the facts are against you, the law is against you, the president clearly committed a crime, you’re left with arguing the process,” said Rep. Harley Rouda (D-Calif.), who witnessed what went down behind closed doors.

This comes after President Trump called on Republicans to “get tough and fight” for his presidency as Democrats continue to try and get him impeached over a July phone call he had with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. They allege that in the call, Trump tried to pressure Zelensky to interfere in the 2020 election by investigation the business dealings of former Vice President Joe Biden in Ukraine. Trump and his defenders have denied that he crossed the line in any way during the call.

One person who was in the secure room when Republicans stormed it said that Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-Ala.) was “getting in the faces of and shouting at Democrats.”

“It was tense,” recounted Rep. Tim Burchett (R-Tenn.), who sits on the Foreign Affairs Committee.

“They basically ran over a member of the staff” to get in the room, added Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.). “They just came into the room and started shouting about the president. Literally some of them were just screaming … saying that the process is wrong.”

Republicans, however, have argued that the impeachment proceedings should be done publicly so Americans can know what’s going on.

“I represent nearly a million Floridians who are asking me my thoughts on this process, and yet I can’t relay to them anything except what’s being leaked to the media,” said Rep. Michael Waltz (R-Fla.), a member of the Armed Services panel. “It is really a travesty.”