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

GOP lawmaker: 'Chairman Schiff is acting like a malicious Captain Kangaroo'
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Rep. Matt GaetzMatthew (Matt) GaetzBipartisan senators to hold hearing on 'toxic conservatorships' amid Britney Spears controversy Eric Trump lawyer in New York attorney general's fraud case quits Republicans keep distance from 'Justice for J6' rally MORE (R-Fla.), one of President TrumpDonald TrumpGraham says he hopes that Trump runs again Trump says Stacey Abrams 'might be better than existing governor' Kemp Executive privilege fight poses hurdles for Trump MORE’s strongest allies on Capitol Hill, blasted House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffJan. 6 panel subpoenas four ex-Trump aides Bannon, Meadows Schiff: Criminal contempt charges possible for noncooperation in Jan. 6 probe The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Alibaba - Biden jumps into frenzied Dem spending talks MORE’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 VolkerKurt VolkerThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by National Industries for the Blind - Schumer: Dem unity will happen eventually; Newsom prevails CNN obtains audio of 2019 Giuliani call linked to Ukraine meddling allegations GOP senators request details on Hunter Biden's travel for probe MORE, arguing the document will show Schiff has misrepresented the facts.

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“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 JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanAllies see rising prospect of Trump 2024 White House bid Republican leaders misjudged Jan. 6 committee Watchdog group seeks ethics probe over McCarthy's Jan. 6 comments MORE (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.