New impeachment transcript reveals moment Matt Gaetz barged into a high-security hearing

New impeachment transcript reveals moment Matt Gaetz barged into a high-security hearingThis publicity stunt is worth watching from both sides of the aisle.When Fiona Hill, a former top National Security Council adviser on Russia and Europe, testified for impeachment investigators last month, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) barged into the high-security hearing even though he wasn’t on any of the committees allowed in. The result was a deadpan, amusing back-and-forth between the very insistent Gaetz and very unamused House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), who tried to force Gaetz out with his words.In a transcript of Hill’s testimony released Friday, Schiff starts by explaining Hill’s credentials. And then he seems to notice the literal elephant in the room, calling out Gaetz as “not permitted to be in the room.” Gaetz tried to insist he’s “on the Judiciary Committee,” which isn’t relevant in this case, and Schiff tells him to “please leave.” The conversation devolves into a “Really?” and “Yes, really” exchange between Oversight Committee Ranking Member Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) and Schiff, and then Schiff repeatedly tells Gaetz to “absent yourself” and “remove yourself.”> Remember when Matt Gaetz first tried to enter the SCIF? It was during Fiona Hill’s testimony and it is colorful. pic.twitter.com/dZsJxHNMI1> > — Nicholas Fandos (@npfandos) November 8, 2019A week later, Gaetz brought a whole squad of Republicans on his misguided mission, including some of the 48 members of his party who were welcome inside that hearing. Find all of Schiff and Gaetz’s banter here — it’s right at the beginning of the transcript.More stories from theweek.com Nike to launch investigation after runner Mary Cain describes ’emotionally and physically abusive system’ Facebook says it’s taking down any mention of the alleged whistleblower’s name Kentucky GOP to Gov. Bevin: Show proof of voter fraud or ‘let it go’ and concede