Republicans just voted against the impeachment rules they have demanded for weeks

"The same people who have been yelling that closed hearing were illegitimate now . . . oppose open hearings"

By Sarah K. Burris
Published October 31, 2019 5:53PM (UTC)
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Flanked by about two dozen House Republicans, U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) speaks during a press conference at the U.S. Capitol October 23, 2019 in Washington, DC. Rep. Gaetz held the press conference to call for transparency in the impeachment inquiry. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

This article originally appeared on Raw Story

Lawfare editor Susan Hennessey couldn’t help but notice that for weeks Republicans have attacked the “process” Democrats have been using for impeachment depositions.

Republicans have labeled the impeachment as a Soviet-style process. But when given the option to pass a bill that increased transparency, opened all hearings and adhered to the demands Republicans made, they voted it down.


“House Republicans, who have been harping about unfair process and procedures, just unanimously voted against additional process and procedures. The same people who have been yelling that closed hearing were illegitimate, now are saying they oppose open hearings,” Hennessey tweeted.

Republicans gathered for a press conference after the vote Wednesday to denounce the bill that they worked in with other Judiciary Committee members. According to a helpful chart from MSNBC, the rules outlined in the articles are closer to the Nixon rules, giving considerably more power to President Donald Trump than former President Bill Clinton was granted.

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