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Matt Gaetz Leads Freedom Caucus Members To Storm SCIF Where Impeachment Inquiry Is Being Held


UPDATE: Roughly three hours after the standoff began, reports began to circulate on Twitter that the remaining Republicans had ordered pizza. "They’re a bunch of brave freedom fighters having pizza in a secure conference room," complained Rep. Tom Malinowski to The Daily Beast.


Rep. Matt Gaetz and Freedom Caucus members held a press conference demanding transparency in the Democrats' impeachment inquiry Wednesday in the basement of the Capitol building before storming the classified Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF) where hearings are being held.

Gaetz mocked Democrats for being "obsessed" with attacking the president with "secret interviews and selective leaks" before announcing that the group of Republicans was "going to go and see if we can get inside.”

Gaetz and House Minority Whip Steve Scalise led more than two dozen Republican members of Congress into the classified hearing room where House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff was about to preside over testimony from Laura Cooper, a Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense who works on Ukraine issues.

“A whole bunch of Republican Congress members who were duly elected just tried to get in to find out what is going on in their closed hearings, because we were elected to Congress and we don’t even know what is going on,” Republican member of the Judiciary Committee Debbie Lesko of Arizona told reporters.

The Democratic Party responded on Twitter, saying the hearings were not political and involved Republicans on the Intelligence Committee:

About three hours later, Rep. Andy Biggs tweeted from the supposed-to-be-classified room that there were about 15 Republicans remaining in "Adam Schiff’s secret chamber."

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