GOP Lawmakers Complaining About Impeachment Process Aren't Staying For Testimony
Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) said this week that many Republican members of the House participating in impeachment inquiry hearings are attending only at the beginning of testimony and failing to remain for the entire proceeding.
Swalwell said during an appearance on MSNBC that “dozens” of Republican members were present at the beginning of acting ambassador to Ukraine William Taylor began testifying on Tuesday.
But “at the end of the day, after all the complaints about the process, after all the attacks on the chairman,” Swalwell said, “it was about a 10 to 1 ratio of Democrats to Republicans.”
He noted that Republicans get “equal time, equal amount of staff, equal amount of members,” and that GOP representatives are able to ask questions just as Democrats.
Swalwell also noted that hearings are conducted behind closed doors “to protect the information” being shared, saying, “because we know that if witnesses know what other witnesses will say, they will taylor their testimony and cook up alibis.”
He added that Democrats suspect such activities are already occurring.
Republicans have repeatedly claimed that Democrats are being secretive with the impeachment proceedings because they cannot justify their inquiry.