Fox News Analyst: Republicans Are Protesting Their Own Impeachment Inquiry Rules
Fox News judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano said on Thursday that congressional Republicans, many of whom stormed a classified room this week, are protesting against impeachment inquiry rules implemented by their own party.
According to The Hill, Naplitano told Fox & Friends that Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) is merely following rules put in place in 2015 by the Republican majority.
“I read the House rules, and as frustrating as it may be to have these hearings going on behind closed doors, the hearings for which Congressman Schiff is presiding, they are consistent with the rules,” Napolitano said.
The “initial level of inquiry,” he said, can be “done in secret”, as was the case during former Presidents Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton’s impeachment proceedings.
“I get it,” Napolitano said. “The Republicans are frustrated and they wanted to make a point and they made their point, but this is just not the most effective way to show respect for what your colleagues are doing.”
The judge noted that Democrats are not currently conducting impeachment hearings, which will have to take place in public view and at which point the president’s lawyers will be able to cross-examine witnesses.
Republicans have repeatedly claimed that Democrats are conducting their impeachment inquiry in secret, generally saying it is because Trump has committed no impeachable offenses and Democrats know it.
On Wednesday, a group of House Republicans led by Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) broke into a classified area where a diplomat with knowledge of Trump’s dealings with Ukraine was about to testify under oath.
Prior to their stunt, the GOP congressmen held a press briefing outside the room complaining about the impeachment inquiry process.