The New York Times - Republicans Grind Impeachment Inquiry to Halt as Picture Darkens for Trump
Oct. 23, 2019
WASHINGTON - House Republicans ground the impeachment inquiry to a halt on Wednesday, staging an attention-grabbing protest at the Capitol that sowed chaos and derailed a crucial deposition as they sought to insulate President Trump against mounting evidence of misconduct.
The day after the most damning testimony yet about Mr. Trump’s pressure campaign to enlist Ukraine to smear his political rivals, House Republicans stormed into the secure office suite where impeachment investigators have been conducting private interviews that have painted a damaging picture of the president’s behavior - and refused to leave.
Chanting “Let us in! Let us in!” about two dozen Republican lawmakers - most of whom are not on the committees conducting the inquiry and are therefore not entitled to attend their hearings - pushed past Capitol Police officers to enter the secure rooms of the House Intelligence Committee, which is leading the investigation.
Republicans who are on the committees have been in on the hearings from the start and have heard all the witnesses. ...
Democrats said the timing was no coincidence, and characterized the Republican disruption ... as a desperate attempt to deflect attention from the damaging testimony. ...
And today's new word is ... "desperate" 😐