Republican lawmakers led by Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida on Wednesday refused to leave a secure conference room -- known as a SCIF -- so that Democratic lawmakers could move forward with an impeachment inquiry.
On Wednesday morning, GOP lawmakers stormed into the secure conference room to protest against the impeachment of President Donald Trump.
Several hours later, the lawmakers were still entrenched in the conference room eating pizza. Democrats said that impeachment hearings were stalled because of it.
Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-NJ) called the demonstration a "pathetic stunt."
Read some of the reports below from CNN's Manu Raju.
More than two dozen House conservatives rail on Schiff and the process outside the closed impeachment proceedings,… https://t.co/lxY4VHD3bz— Manu Raju (@Manu Raju)1571839671.0
New drama: Roughly two dozen House conservatives stormed the secure hearing room - known as the SCIF - to rail on t… https://t.co/Z3TZEej2qz— Manu Raju (@Manu Raju)1571842041.0
The conservatives walked into hearing room with their electronics, Connolly said, which is prohibited in the room.… https://t.co/LwhfuXCIMn— Manu Raju (@Manu Raju)1571842065.0
Cooper left the room while the Republicans refused to vacate the space. The source says the Capitol Police and serg… https://t.co/5WQoBW869W— Manu Raju (@Manu Raju)1571847439.0
Dems say Cooper hearing is still stalled: Tom Malinowski just called this a “pathetic stunt” It’s unclear when th… https://t.co/o79f65d811— Manu Raju (@Manu Raju)1571850872.0