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Watch: Adam Schiff Repeatedly Refuses To Let GOP Congresswoman Talk During Hearing



House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) faced intense criticism on Friday for repeatedly interrupting and refusing to let Republican congresswoman Elise Stefanik speak during the Democrats’ impeachment inquiry hearing of former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch.

During the hearing, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) yielded his time to Stefanik who started to question Yovanovitch before being cut off by Schiff.

Here is the following exchange between Schiff, Nunes, and Stefanik:

Nunes: I know Ms. Stefanik you had a few quick questions for the ambassador.  I yield to you Ms. Stefanik.

Stefanik: Thank you, Mr. Nunes. Ambassador Yovanovitch–

Schiff: The gentlewoman will suspend. The gentlewoman will suspend.

Stefanik: What is the interruption for this time?

Schiff: The gentlewoman will suspend, you’re not recognized. Mr. Nunes–

Nunes: I just recognized Ms. Stefanik.

Schiff: Under the House Res. 660 you are not allowed to yield time except to counsel.

Stefanik: The ranking member to another member of Congress.

Schiff: Nope, nope. That is not accurate.

Nunes: You’re gagging the gentlewoman from New York?

Stefank: That is accurate. Ambassador Yovanovitch I want to thank you for being here today–

Schiff: The gentlewoman will suspend, you’re not recognized.

Stefanik: This is the fifth time that you have elected members of Congress, duly-elected members of Congress–

Schiff: The gentlewoman will suspend.

Nunes: Mr. Chair, we control the time and customary to this committee, who ever controls the time can yield to whoever they wish. If we have members of Congress who have a few questions, it seems appropriate that we would let Ms. Stefanik ask her question.

Schiff: Mr. Nunes, you or minority counsel are recognized.

Stefanik tweeted out a video clip of the incident, writing: “Once again, Adam Schiff flat out REFUSES to let duly elected Members of Congress ask questions to the witness, simply because we are Republicans. His behavior is unacceptable and he continues to abuse his Chairmanship.”


Earlier in the hearing, Stefanik tweeted out another instance in which Schiff again interrupted her, writing: “How many times can Adam Schiff say “the Gentlewoman is NOT recognized”? He clearly has NO interest in letting Republicans have any say in the impeachment hearings. Watch him interrupt us multiple times and refuse to yield for our parliamentary questions”


The Washington Times reported, “According to the rules governing the impeachment inquiry, only the chairman and ranking member — or their respective counsel — are allowed to ask questions during the first 45-minute questioning blocks.”

Reactions to the exchange were mixed online.

Those on the political Left were quick to point out that Stefanik broke the rules while those in the center and on the political Right took issue with Schiff’s tone and the way that he handled the situation.

Daily Mail Editor David Martosko tweeted: “Schiff shushing Stefanik wasn’t a good look for him. If a Republican chairman did that to a female Democrat, there would be hell to pay.”

Far-left activist Charlotte Clymer tweeted: “Rep. Stefanik deserves an Oscar for that playacting just now. Gotta love that fabricated outrage for the cameras over settled committee rules.”

A version of this story appears on the Daily Wire website.

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  • Geoffrey L Rogg says:

    Schiff is a cad, no more, no less. His style is reminiscent of the prosecutor’s in the Nazi show trials. God help the United States and rid it of this terrible individual devoid of respect and whose behavior is that of a rabid coyote.

  • Lost River says:

    Charlotte Clymer…… Talk about a B-Movie. You moron Democrats are bleeding voters every day due to this comedy. Thinking members of the public can see this fiasco for what it is. Shitff should be removed from any position of power. He’s lies when the truth would sound better. Embarrassing and pathetic. You included.

  • hedy says:

    Son of a Bitch Schiff just cut every one off at the knees and will not let them talk. The Bastard.

  • Laura says:

    Democrats will change every rule to make them look smart, but I have to say Schiff lost my support and after watching him speak to women, I vote no impeachment. This man has tried to get Trump since the day he won and we the American people see right through his shit

  • George says:

    The American people can see this ridiculous nonsense as they watch the Schiff circus. I hope there are enough intelligent people in his district in Californication to vote this fool out of office. He and Swamp Queen Pelosi need to go. There are many other Democrats in Congress who also need to be voted out. May the sane people of California get out to vote for Republicans to replace these foolish corrupt Democrats.

  • Sher says:

    Schitty Schiff is a rude SOB. He just showed us that this a SHAM. He is so afraid that we will find out what a hateful Liar he is, but we aready know it. This needs to stop and he needs to go to prison for Treason. He is SICK and needs help.

  • Howlingmad says:

    Its pretty clear, this “Fool” Schiff, needs to be REMOVED . . . not allowing other Congress Members to ask “Their” questions, DEFEATS his reason for being there.

  • Michael says:

    Shit Schiff , beady eyed bastard . I have never liked him . Douche bag liberal . How do these scumbags get into office . Unbelievable

  • Anne Hosack says:

    FB isn’t letting me post because some people found these articles offensive. Well, I find censoring me offensive. Some of these were televised but not many want to watch the outlandish & boring impeachment, so I wanted to inform some of them. It’s not fair to you either. Only the socialists views are being heard & it’s sickening

  • george peters says:

    damn, at least hitler let people speak, before he had them shot. old shifty eyes schiff is worse the hitler, saddam and all the other despots thru history.

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