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Politics 'Absent yourself': Transcripts reveal what Schiff told Gaetz when he crashed secure hearing

21:15  08 november  2019
21:15  08 november  2019 Source:   nbcnews.com

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He told Schiff that Gaetz is "going to stay and listen to the testimony," according to the transcript . Let our news meet your inbox. Gaetz insisted that he had a "right" to be there, asking Schiff if there was a "rule" the California lawmaker could cite that would bar Gaetz from entry to the SCIF.

When Gaetz asserts that he should be allowed in the room because “I am on the Judiciary “You’re going to have someone remove me from the hearing ?” Gaetz responds, to which Schiff Schiff points out that the depositions are closed sessions, spurring Jordan again to rally to Gaetz ’s defense.

The House committees leading the impeachment inquiry released transcripts on Friday detailing the moment Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., stormed the secure room where a deposition was taking place and interrupted the proceedings.

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Gaetz and other Republican lawmakers apparently burst into the room, known as a SCIF, during testimony by Fiona Hill, President Donald Trump's former adviser on Russia. In what a House Intelligence Committee official has described as a "major security breach," some Republicans brought their cellphones into the room.

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Gaetz denied that he was engaging in a “dilatory" tactic, but he ultimately left the hearing , according to the transcript . Tags Donald Trump Adam Schiff Jim Jordan Matt Gaetz impeachment inquiry deposition transcripts Deposition Impeachment.

"Please absent yourself ," House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff told the Florida Republican But Gaetz was seated inside the secure room in the basement of the Capitol where witness depositions Gaetz is a member of the Judiciary Committee. Although the panel drafts and advances articles of

In the transcript, Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., is quoted as saying: "Mr. Gaetz, you're not permitted to be in the room. Please leave." At another point, Schiff tells Gaetz to "absent yourself" from the SCIF.

Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, ranking member on the House Oversight Committee and one of Trump's key allies in Congress, came to Gaetz's defense. He told Schiff that Gaetz is "going to stay and listen to the testimony," according to the transcript.

Gaetz insisted that he had a "right" to be there, asking Schiff if there was a "rule" the California lawmaker could cite that would bar Gaetz from entry to the SCIF.

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At another point, Schiff tell Gaetz to " absent yourself " from the SCIF. The transcript confirmed NBC News’ reporting that Hill told Congress that Rudy Giuliani, Trump's personal attorney, and Hill also revealed new details about how Giuliani's work undercut and derailed the diplomats charged with

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In response, Schiff said: "You're not a member of this committee. This is conducted in closed session." He later added that he was "citing the House rules and the deposition rules. You are not permitted to be here."

Gaetz pressed Schiff to specify which rule was being cited, at which point Schiff said: "Mr. Gaetz, why don't you take your spectacle outside? This is not how we conduct ourselves in this committee."

"I've seen how you've conducted yourself in this committee," Gaetz replied. "I'd like to be here to observe."

Schiff then said: "We'll wait until Mr. Gaetz leaves before we begin."

It appears the proceedings resumed as planned sometime shortly after that exchange.

House rules only allow members to participate in depositions if they serve on the committees holding the depositions, which in the case of the impeachment inquiry are the House Intelligence, Foreign Affairs and Oversight committees.

Gaetz serves on the House Judiciary Committee.

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