Nov 15, 2019

House Intel Republicans attempt to defy Adam Schiff despite impeachment inquiry rules

House Intelligence Committee Republicans attempted to defy the rules set out by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), the committee's chairman, at the start of their questioning period for former Ukraine Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch during Friday's impeachment hearing.

What happened: The GOP's ranking member, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), attempted to yield time to Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) for questions, but Schiff shut the move down despite Republicans' protestations because it was a breach of the inquiry's agreed upon-rules.

What the rules say for the public portion of the inquiry:

  • "Pursuant to H. Res. 660, the Chair and Ranking Member may conduct at the outset of each open hearing extended rounds of questioning for periods of up to 90 minutes, as determined by the Chair and split evenly between the two sides."
  • "As specified in H. Res. 660, the Chair and Ranking Member may not yield time to other Members during these extended question periods, though either may yield time to Majority and Minority Committee Counsels, respectively."

Between the lines: Both Nunes and Stefanik were well aware of the rules — but most Americans watching aren't — so they hope that the move makes it look like Schiff is controlling the impeachment proceedings with an iron fist.

Go deeper: Live updates on Yovanovitch's impeachment hearing

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Trump impeachment hearing: Highlights from Marie Yovanovitch's testimony

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Marie Yovanovitch, the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, testified Friday in the House's second public impeachment hearing.

Driving the news: Trump took to Twitter as Yovanovitch testified to attack her diplomatic career, saying that everywhere she served "went bad." House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) read the tweets directly to Yovanovitch about 20 minutes after Trump posted them.

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Top Judiciary Republican says Democrats are "making up impeachment" as they go

Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.), the ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, accused House Democrats of "making up impeachment as [they] go" during his opening statement in Monday's hearing.

What he's saying: Collins criticized Democrats' impeachment procedure so far, bemoaning that Judiciary had only heard from law school professors and committee staff — as Republicans on the committee argue that they'd like to hear from House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.).

Go deeper: Live updates from today's evidentiary impeachment hearing

The Trumpification of Elise Stefanik

Rep. Elise Stefanik. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

New York Rep. Elise Stefanik has opposed President Trump on Vladimir Putin, women, tariffs, the travel ban and the border wall — and then impeachment made her a star Trump defender and unlikely fundraising juggernaut.

Why it matters: Stefanik has become the youngest, most moderate example of voter-driven Trumpification of the GOP.

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