House Republicans Hold Press Conference, Attempt to Enter Closed-Door House Committee Deposition

October 23, 2019 Updated: October 23, 2019

Republican lawmakers on Wednesday morning held a press conference before they attempted to enter a House Intelligence Committee meeting, demanding transparency during the impeachment inquiry.

Approximately two-dozen House Republicans appeared at the press conference before they went inside the closed-door impeachment proceedings.

In the press conference, Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) described the inquiry as being Soviet-like. “Maybe in the Soviet Union this kind of thing is commonplace,” he said, adding that it’s behind “closed doors.”

Scalise blasted the inquiry as an attempt to influence the upcoming 2020 election, saying Reps. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) shouldn’t have that kind of power.

“They call the witnesses … they don’t even let the president’s legal counsel call the witnesses,” he said.

“Through those hidden closed doors over there Adam Schiff is trying to impeach a president of the United States, behind closed doors, literally trying to overturn the results of the 2016 election a year before Americans get to go to the polls to decide who’s going to be the president. And frankly it should be the people of this country who decide who’s going to be the president, not Nancy Pelosi, not Adam Schiff behind closed doors,” he added

Rep. Mark Walker (R-N.C.) came up next, saying that the president “is not above justice, but neither is he below it. Facing your accusers, the ability to call witnesses, cross-examination, the right to object to evidence, an ability to attend hearings, depositions, and interviews” are basic rights.

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) speaks to the media after a meeting at Trump Tower on December 12, 2016 in New York City. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) speaks to the media after a meeting at Trump Tower in New York City on Dec. 12, 2016. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Adam Schiff
House intelligence chairman Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) at a press conference about the impeachment inquiry of President Trump, at the Capitol in Washington on Oct. 2, 2019.

Last week, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) attempted to enter the House Intelligence Committee’s deposition and was not able to attend, as he doesn’t sit on any of the committees conducting the inquiry into impeachment.

Gaetz, on Twitter, said he is leading the delegation of GOP House members into the deposition.

The lawmakers are almost certain to be ejected as they are not members of the committees involved in the depositions.