Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz tried to crash a congressional hearing considering impeachment against President Trump — but got the boot because he’s not a member of any of the committees doing the investigation.
Gaetz, a Republican and Trump loyalist, complained that he was kicked out of this morning’s hearing with Fiona Hill, a former national security official who was expected to offer testimony critical of Trump’s lawyer, Rudy Giuliani.
An official working on the inquiry told CNN that Gaetz was booted because he broke House rules.
“Pursuant to the House Rules and the House Deposition Regulations, only Members and designated staff from the three committees undertaking the joint investigation — the Intelligence, Oversight, and Foreign Affairs Committees — are permitted to attend and participate in a deposition,” the official said.
Gaetz “attempted to crash today’s deposition despite being ineligible and refused to leave, causing an unnecessary delay in the deposition,” the official added.
U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz A congressional aide carries a box of documents following Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) on Capitol Hill on Oct. 14, 2019. Fiona Hill Ad Up Next Close
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