Rep. Zeldin: Impeachment Inquiry Is ‘A Clown Show’

Eric Scheiner | October 8, 2019
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On Tuesday, House Republicans continued to claim Democrats are withholding information contrary to their impeachment narrative from the public calling impeachment proceedings "a clown show."

Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY) joined Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) and others in defending the State Department decision to stop U.S. Ambassador to the EU, Gordon Sondland, from testifying before congress until the GOP has subpoena power and the president can legal council at the impeachment proceedings, which they are calling a “kangaroo court.”

Zeldin says Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Democrats are making an effort to withhold the truth from the American people, noting the failure to release transcripts of the earlier testimony from the former U.S. Envoy to Ukraine, Kurt Volker.

“Now, going back to Ambassador Volker's transcribed interview and a process, we were here ready to do our part. If anyone is going to testify behind those closed doors, we're going to make sure that we're there to ensure that the other 99 percent of this story is being told,” Zeldin said.

“Because guess what? If we weren't there last Thursday, you would have no idea of everything that Ambassador Volker said to obliterate Adam Schiff’s fairy-tale quid pro quo charge," Zeldin told reporters gathered at the Capitol.

"You'd have no idea. So we're here. Now as far as the administration goes, if they don't want to send Ambassador Sondland here, because this is a kangaroo court, because there has not been a vote to launch an impeachment inquiry, because the minority does not have any rights for subpoenas, because the president doesn't have the right to have council present to ask questions for subpoena power, to present evidence. This entire thing is a political charade, is a clown show.”

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