U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz leads protest over “secrecy” in impeachment inquiry; critics condemn the behavior

Matt Gaetz and Donald Trump

U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, a Florida Republican, was a leader in a demonstration Wednesday that delayed impeachment testimony from a Pentagon official, according to a Washington Post story.

The newspaper wrote that conservative members of Congress staged a “demonstration against the (Trump impeachment) probe and barged into a secure facility on Capitol Hill.”

Gaetz is included in the story, according to the Post:

“About two dozen conservative Republican members led by Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) gathered near the deposition room to protest what they described as Democrats’ secretive approach to the inquiry. Several in the group accused Democratic leaders of trying to undo the 2016 election result, rallying behind a talking point promoted by House GOP leaders.”

“If behind those doors, they intend to overturn the result of an American presidential election, we want to know what’s going on,” Gaetz said, according to the Post.

Gaetz also accused Democrats of being “obsessed with attacking a president who we believe has not done anything to deserve impeachment.”

In addition “The group walked into the restricted area en masse, and chants of ‘let us in’ were heard from outside,” the Post reported.

The full story is here:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/pentagon-official-to-testify-about-ukraine-aid-in-house-impeachment-probe/2019/10/22/59c2c872-f518-11e9-8cf0-4cc99f74d127_story.html

The Florida Democratic Party bashed Gaetz over what happened, saying:

“On October 23, Rep. Matt Gaetz, along with fellow Florida Rep. Ross Spano and with the blessing of the House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, barged into a secure room designed to allow members of Congress to be briefed on classified and sensitive information. Storming the room was widely condemned and has alarmed national security experts. One scholar from the right-leaning American Enterprise Institute has even called for Gaetz expulsion from the House.”

 

Diane Rado
Diane Rado has covered state and local government and public schools in six states over some 30 years, focusing on policy and investigative stories as well as legislative and political reporting. She spent most of her career at the St. Petersburg (Tampa Bay) Times and the Chicago Tribune. She has a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and did a fellowship in education reform at the University of Michigan in 1999-2000. She is married to a journalist and has three adult children.