Congressman Matt Gaetz was handed a disappointment on Monday when he was tossed out of a meeting in the House of Representatives.
The House Committees on Oversight, Intelligence, and Foreign Affairs committees were holding a closed hearing with Fiona Hill — President Trump’s former adviser on Russia. Despite the fact that he does not sit on any of the committees, Gaetz tried to work his way into the hearing by claiming that he sits on the House Judiciary Committee.
Once removed from the Fiona Hill testimony, the Florida lawmaker quickly found a few cameras and set off to complain about the situation. He told reporters, “appeared just to participate, just to observe as a member of Congress, as a member of the Judiciary Committee. Traditionally, the Judiciary Committee has jurisdiction over impeachment.”
He went on to complain about House Intel Committee Chairman Adam Schiff and said “I guess the question is: ‘why is Adam Schiff trying to run a kangaroo court? Why is he continuing to limit access to evidence?'”
Rep. @mattgaetz: "I appeared just to participate, just to observe as a member of Congress, as a member of the Judiciary Committee… Why is Adam Schiff trying to run a kangaroo court? Why is he continuing to limit access to evidence, limit access even from members of Congress?" pic.twitter.com/J67OYnk9L7
— The Hill (@thehill) October 14, 2019
Reportedly, when Schiff asked to get Gaetz out of the room, they ended up consulting the House parliamentarian, who also ruled that Gaetz had to leave.
Matt Gaetz emerges from closed-door interview with Fiona Hill saying he was kicked out by House Democrats bc he’s not a member of the three committees conducting the interview. He said he consulted with the House parliamentarian, who ruled that he could not be there.
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) October 14, 2019
Gaetz is known mostly for his role as a loyal follower of Donald Trump. Earlier this summer, the House Ethics Committee announced that it was looking into Gaetz after he threatened a congressional witness in a tweet.
House Democrats have been fearful that closed-door testimonies will lead to Trump’s loyalists in Congress running to the White House to tell Trump everything that happened. They even floated ideas that included having witnesses disguised, according to the Washington Post.