Adam Schiff

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.

Read Adam Schiff's opening statement in the Yovanovitch impeachment hearing

House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) set the stage with his opening statement in the House impeachment inquiry's public hearing featuring former Ukraine Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch.

The big picture: Schiff used his time to set the stage regarding Yovanovitch's ouster as ambassador, which he characterized as "a stunning turn of events for this highly regarded career diplomat."