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Matt Gaetz attempts to derail impeachment hearing and gets shut down by Chairman Nadler for yelling

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Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) was rebuked on Monday after he attempted to derail a House Judiciary Committee hearing on impeachment.

As Monday’s hearing was getting underway, Gaetz joined Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA), the ranking Republicans member, in trying to undermine the proceedings.

“Mr. Chairman!” Republicans clamored as Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) introduced the witness.

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“I have a parliamentary inquiry,” Gaetz said.

“I will not recognize a parliamentary enquiry at this time,” Nadler told Gaetz.

Undaunted, Gaetz continued: “Is this when we just hear staff ask questions of other staff?”

The Florida Republican droned on as Nadler gaveled for him to cease.

“The members get dealt out of this whole hearing for the next four hours!” he shouted. “You’re going to try to overturn the result of an election with unelected people.”

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“The gentleman will suspend,” Nadler said, raising his voice. “The gentleman will not yell out and will not attempt to disrupt the proceedings.”

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Legal analyst rips senators for ‘getting the vapers’ and using Schiff ‘being mean’ as an excuse to vote against witnesses

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Senators are already trying to come up with an excuse not to support calling witnesses for the impeachment trial and CNN legal analyst Jeff Toobin thinks they found it.

According to CNN's Manu Raju, Sens. Susan Collins (R-ME), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), John Barrasso (R-WY), Tom Cotton (R-AR) and Jim Risch (R-ID) freaked out about a CBS News report cited by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) that a Trump confidant said if the Republicans vote against Trump their "head will be in a pike."

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Susan Collins denies CBS report that a Trump friend threatened Republicans’ heads ‘will be on a pike’

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CBS News reported this week that a friend of the president's threatened U.S. senators if they were thinking of voting in support of witnesses.

“Vote against the president and your head will be on a pike," the Trump confidant said.

https://twitter.com/CBSEveningNews/status/1220491412854185984

According to Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), however, it was a lie and no one ever said it.

CNN's Manu Raju revealed after the Senate adjourned that Collins audibly disputed Schiff's quote of the story during the trial.

"She shook her head and said, 'No they didn't. No, that's not true,'" Raju reported.

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Here’s why Trump and McConnell can’t hold up impeachment witnesses during the Senate trial: Ex-special counsel

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has been threatening senators that if they voted for witnesses to appear and be questioned, then it would turn the impeachment into an overwhelmingly long and drawn-out process. It's an argument that President Donald Trump's legal team has also argued. The problem is that it is legally incorrect, according to a former special counsel to the Defense Department.

In a panel discussion with CNN, Ryan Goodman said that there's no legal basis for this claim.

"In fact, the Senate can decide the matter and it wouldn't be litigated," Goodman explained. "If the Senate decided to issue the subpoenas and the Chief Justice, in fact, sent those subpoenas, it would be the final word. There's a Supreme Court case about this, Nixon v. United States, Judge Nixon, which said the Senate sets the rules and the courts review it. So, it's not like it will be litigated in a way. They are the final word."

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