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The Gaetz Stunt and Committee Membership

As you probably already know, Matt Gaetz lead about a dozen Republicans into the SCIF at the Capitol where the Impeachment Imquiry committees were about to interview their next witness.

Some of these Republicans brought their electronic devices, which are not allowed in the room. The room is set up for house members with high level security clearance.

Gaetz and his droogs are complaining that they have no idea what’s going on because they aren’t invited. They are making it look like the Republicans are not getting any information on these super secret evil smelling hearings.

For those of you out there who are inclined to sympathize with these guys, let me disabuse you of the notion that no Republicans are invited and so there is no way for Republicans to assess the fairness of these hearings.

Here is the membership of the House Intelligence Committee:

Majority Minority

Here’s the House Foreign Affairs Committee:

Majority Minority

And here is the membership of the House Juduciary committee:

Majority Minority

I don’t know if all of committees meet in the SCIF for these hearings at once. (probably not since Gaetz is on judiciary. Someone should explain to Gaetz how this membership thing works. He seems to have not gotten the memo) As the reader can plainly see, there are plenty of Republicans on both the Intelligence and Foreign Affairs committees. Not only that, there are plenty of Democrats who are NOT on these committees. We aren’t seeing them battering the doors down to get in because they feel left out.

No, it’s only Republicans making a scene and acting like life is so unfair to them. I’ve read that Trump knew what they were planning to do and approved of it. Likely, he thought that people who aren’t paying close attention to committee memberships would be enraged that their side was being left out.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

They’re just being assholes who have no respect for the process and want to disrupt it instead of getting to the truth.

Just sayin’.

Update: Philippe Reines gives us the correct committee membership for who is in the SCIF. I assume they took a representative sample:

If I get the names, I’ll post them.

In the meantime, Dan Rather sums up what Gaetz et al is up to with a familiar quote from Carl Sandberg:


Update from the Shale Insight 2019 Conference in Pittsburgh by Josh Dawsey of WaPo:

Ha! Called it!

I could write these “speeches”.