Republicans Grind Impeachment Inquiry to Halt as Evidence Mounts Against Trump24. Oktober 2019
The House, meanwhile, passed its third piece of legislation — the Shield Act — aimed at preventing foreign interference in American elections. But Mr. McConnell has indicated that he will not bring it up for a vote, and Mr. Trump threatened to veto it.
The day began with House Republicans rushing to Mr. Trump’s defense as the president has publicly demanded. About 9:45 a.m., not long after Ms. Cooper arrived, a parade of House Republicans, led by Representative Matt Gaetz of Florida, marched into the bowels of the Capitol where a phalanx of reporters and television cameras were gathered outside the secure rooms.
One by one, they denounced the inquiry as a “sham,” in the words of Representative Andy Biggs of Arizona, as they demanded access to the room. Representative Earl L. “Buddy” Carter of Georgia issued a dire warning: “If a government can do this to the president of the United States, they can do it to you as well. You need to be scared. You need to be very scared.”
When they were done, they stalked off, barging through the ordinarily closed double doors into the secure space. Some brought their cellphones, which is not permitted and considered a security breach. Representative Bennie Thompson, the chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, later wrote to the sergeant-at-arms, asking him to “take action” against Republicans for what he called a “blatant breach of security.”
The standoff stretched into the afternoon as protesting Republicans ordered pizza and fast food for the throng of reporters assembled to witness their demonstration. Democrats noted that some of the protesting lawmakers were on relevant committees — and thus had the right to attend the deposition. Eventually, lawmakers were summoned to the House floor for a vote, which put an end to the sit-in.
Democrats said the timing of the protest was no coincidence, given Mr. Taylor’s testimony on Tuesday. They characterized the Republican disruption — “sit-in, stand-in, call it whatever you want,” said Representative Harley Rouda, Democrat of California — as a desperate attempt to deflect attention from the damaging testimony.