Rep. Scalise: Schiff ‘Got up and Left with the Witness’ When They Entered ‘Backroom’

Rep. Scalise: Schiff ‘Got up and Left with the Witness’ When They Entered ‘Backroom’

Yesterday was quite the show when “about two dozen Republican lawmakers” reportedly pushed into the secure rooms of the House Intelligence Committee chanting “Let us in! Let us in!” Eventually Laura K. Cooper, the deputy assistant secretary of defense for Russia, Ukraine and Eurasia, answered questions for roughly four hours after a reported five hour delay.

Ohio Republican Rep. Jim Jordan said “the members have just had it, and they want to be able to see and represent their constituents.” House Intelligence chairman Adam Schiff claims Republicans compromised security at Wednesday’s closed-door deposition.

The interviews are “being held in wha tis called a Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility, or SCIF, which is a secure room where members can hear classified information” reported the Associated Press.

Schiff accused “The president’s allies in Congress” of “trying to make it even more difficult for these witnesses to cooperate.” He also says “closed-door hearings are necessary to prevent witnesses from concealing the truth and has promised to release the transcripts when it will not affect the investigation.”

On twitter, Representative Scalise posted a short video saying Schiff left the room with the witness when they entered:

If people scatter out of a room when you walk in & turn on the light, it begs the question: what are they hiding in there? That’s exactly what happened when my colleagues & I entered the backroom Schiff is trying to impeach @realDonaldTrump from to get the truth. Unacceptable!

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