November 15, 2019

We've been praising the performance of New York Rep. Elise Stefanik during Schiff's "inquiry" hearings, and Schiff himself must have taken note of her skills and is appropriately wary.  In fact, he used his own rules to shut her down AGAIN.

It happened close to the start of ranking member Devin Nunes' allotted 45-minute questioning time.  In just a few questions, he quickly showed that Marie Yovanovich had not been involved in any way in the issue of the Bidens and the military aid to Ukraine, that her time of service had preceded all that and that her removal from duty there was more a problem for Human Resources than this impeachment hearing.  After nailing the point that Yovanovich was not a material fact witness, he yielded his time to Rep. Stefanik.  Here's how that played...

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

Stefanik:  Thank you, Mr. Nunes.  Ambassador Yovanovitch, thank you for being here today---

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

Stefanik:  What is the interruption for this time?  It is our time.

Schiff:  The gentlewoman will suspend.  You are not recognized.  Mr. Nunes, you are---

Nunes:  I just recognized---

Schiff:  Under the House Resolution 660 you are not allowed to yield time except to minority counsel---

Stefanik:  The ranking member yielded time to another member of Congress---

Schiff:  No, nope.  (pounds gavel)  That is not accurate.

Stefanik:  That IS accurate---

Nunes:  You're gagging the (inaudible) from New York?

Stefanik:  Ambassador Yovanovich, I want to thank you for---

Schiff:  The gentlewoman will suspend (pounds gavel).  You are not recognized.

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

Schiff:  You are not recognized (pounds gavel).  The gentlewoman will suspend.

Nunes:  Mr. Chairman, we control the time; as is customary in this committee whoever controls the time can yield to whoever they wish.  If we have members of Congress that have a few questions, it seems appropriate that we be able to let Ms. Stefanik ask her questions.

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

At that point, Nunes recognized the minority counsel for questioning Yovanovich, and the hearing continued.  Maybe there's some other "rule" that prevented Nunes from doing this, but I wish he'd have instead asked Stefanik for her notes, she'd have passed them to him, and he'd have continued questioning Yovanovich himself, from her notes.  That would have been great to see.

The rule Schiff referenced must have been part of the special rules for the "inquiry" committee approved by partisan vote; normally, Nunes WOULD be allowed to yield time to Stefanik or to whomever he chose.  This exchange highlights not only Schiff's hesitation to allow Stefanik to question this witness but also the stunningly tight control Schiff is exerting on these hearings.  Normal rules are out the window.

It truly is a kangaroo court.

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  • Jan Wilken

    11/16/2019 11:05 AM

    Shifty is beyond belief. What’s going on in DC when one side can ramrod all their side to get their way and the other side is being prosecuted and sent to prison. Like Oliver Stone now. How is that possible and where is the Attorney General and His special council who are supposed to be done with their investigative work on some of this corruption!

  • Rita Brewer

    11/16/2019 10:14 AM

    There has to be a way to shut this down and remove Schiff from this whole charade! We the people are NOT HAPPY!

  • Joyce Sulfridge

    11/16/2019 08:24 AM

    What rules us he going by? None of what I have ever witnessed in any hearing??

  • Phyllis Reinard

    11/16/2019 08:22 AM

    Isn't there anything can be done to put Schiff in his place. He is a liar and has no business running this Kangaroo court. This is America. How did he get to be boss????

  • George J Murrey

    11/16/2019 08:21 AM

    Simply put, shifty schiff was way out of line. Shame on him for not following the rules.

  • John C. Chlanda

    11/16/2019 02:03 AM

    As retired military these hearings are a disgrace. Unlike some members of Congress we believe in the Constitution and it's principles. Enough to loose their lives for.
    New York Rep. Elise Stefanik is a rock star. Reminds of someone you know dearly. God bless you and yours.

  • Dottee Martin

    11/15/2019 10:11 PM

    This ENTIRE fiasco is humiliating to our country...when in God's name will this end!!

  • Kevin White

    11/15/2019 09:45 PM

    Definitely a kangaroo court, makes me wonder what shiff is trying to hide?

  • Shelley Crews

    11/15/2019 09:24 PM

    Talk about a control freak........

  • Larry Cyr

    11/15/2019 09:23 PM


  • lucille sicurella-curry

    11/15/2019 09:23 PM

    i think all the money wasted should be refunded by the democrat party after all they are wasting all this money and time and put that Mr Schiff go on trail for his stupidity and arrogance they should impeach him

  • Donald rose

    11/15/2019 09:15 PM

    Kick old bug eyes out the door

  • Tammy Moore

    11/15/2019 09:00 PM

    Quit wasting our money and help President Trump run this country imagine what it could be if you bunch of power grabbing democrats would get off your high horse and do something

  • Marina Zroka

    11/15/2019 08:56 PM

    Adam Schiff is so infuriating on his handling this one sided impeachment investigation! Every time a GOP officials asked any questions that he thinks it will destroy their narrative he wanted to stop it. He thinks he is superior to all others.

  • Glenda Lockwood

    11/15/2019 08:44 PM

    Why doesn’t someone stop this circus?!