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GOP lawmaker: ‘Chairman Schiff is acting like a malicious Captain Kangaroo’

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), one of President Trump’s strongest allies on Capitol Hill, blasted House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff’s handling of the impeachment inquiry, arguing the California Democrat is acting like a “malicious Captain Kangaroo” in “a kangaroo court.”

Conservatives in the House have been highly critical of Schiff since Democrats launched their impeachment inquiry two weeks ago. GOP lawmakers have been pushing for Democrats to release the full transcript of recent testimony from former U.S. Envoy to Ukraine Kurt Volker, arguing the document will show Schiff has misrepresented the facts.

“We would sure like to see the Volker testimony released before we continue the depositions and transcribed interviews. And what we see in this impeachment is a kangaroo court, and Chairman Schiff is acting like a malicious Captain Kangaroo,” Gaetz told reporters Tuesday morning after the State Department blocked scheduled testimony from U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland, a key figure in the Ukraine controversy.

Gaetz’s comments came shortly after Trump defended his administration’s decision to block Sondland from meeting with House lawmakers, claiming he would have been testifying before a “kangaroo court.”

Schiff argued the administration’s move to block witnesses from testifying is an “obstruction of the constitutional functions of Congress.”

Rep. Jim Jordan (Ohio), the top Republican on the House Oversight and Reform Committee, one of the panels leading the impeachment inquiry, argued Democrats have not conducted a fair process.

“We understand the reason why the State Department decided not to have Ambassador Sondland here today. It’s based on the unfair and partisan process that Mr. Schiff has been running,” he told reporters.

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