Rep. Matt Gaetz upbraided House Democrats for the “dystopian reality” that unfolded at a one-sided impeachment hearing.
The Florida Republican followed up on Monday’s hearing before the House Judiciary Committee in an interview with Fox News host Tucker Carlson, slamming his colleagues for essentially holding a hearing where Democratic donors asked each other questions.
(Video: Fox News)
Gaetz spoke on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” about the heated exchange during the hearing when he was reprimanded by Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler for speaking out of turn.
Gaetz interjected Monday during questioning of Daniel Goldman, the House Intelligence Committee’s Democratic counsel, to tell him “the person that wrote the report is the person who should come and present it, and you weren’t elected by anybody, and you’re the one giving this testimony in place of the chairman,” referring to House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff.
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Nadler let the Florida lawmaker know he was not allowed to “simply yell out and disrupt the committee.”
“Not allowed to make rational points on The Hill,” Carlson quipped as he welcomed Gaetz to the show after playing a video clip of the exchange.
“I may not be on Jerry Nadler’s Christmas card list anymore,” the lawmaker joked.
“You know, where I’m from, you stand behind your work,” Gaetz said. “If Adam Schiff really believes the president should be impeached as a result of his conduct, he ought to show up and take our questions based on his bias, his contact with the whistle-blower, and anything he was doing outside the bounds of the law.”
“Instead, it was take your donor to work today in the House Judiciary Committee, where some of the left’s big donors were able to come in and literally ask each other questions,” Gaetz added.
“It was this dystopian reality where I’m watching one Democrat donor ask questions of another Democrat donor about issues that we could all read about but they just want to give their hot takes,” he said.
Despite Republicans demands, Schiff was a no-show at Monday’s hearings. The California Democrat has been under fire for his report on the House Intelligence Committee’s impeachment inquiry hearings and for, as part of the report, releasing phone records in the report which included logs from President Trump’s attorney Giuliani and his now-indicted associate Lev Parnas. Conversations with Rep. Devin Nunes and journalists were also in the logs.
During his questioning time in the hearing on Monday, Gaetz asked Goldman if he was there as “a partisan advocate for the Democrat position” and then challenged with a more direct question.
“Do you think if you had given more money to Democrats you might have been able to ask questions and answer them like Mr. Berke did?” he asked, referring to Democratic counsel Barry Berke, who set off Republican lawmakers when he began questioning the Republican counsel for the Intelligence Committee, Steve Castor, after having just served as a witness himself.
Gaetz told Carlson that the likelihood of ever finding out the identity of the whistleblower who sparked the impeachment hearing by filing a complaint about President Trump’s call with the Ukraine president “just depends on the day.”
“Originally it was Adam Schiff who said the only way to resolve this dispute was to hear from the whistleblower and then later…nobody wanted to hear from the whistleblower,” he said.
“Who knows what tomorrow will bring,” Gaetz said, adding, “I don’t know who the whistleblower is. The only member of Congress who knows who the whistleblower is Adam Schiff.”
Nadler told CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday that Schiff is “not a relevant witness. He didn’t witness anything.”
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