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) GaetzLawmakers from both sides of the aisle mourn Cummings The Hill's Morning Report - Tempers boil over at the White House Schiff says committees will eventually make impeachment inquiry transcripts public MORE (R-Fla.), one of President TrumpDonald John TrumpZuckerberg launches public defense of Facebook as attacks mount Trump leaning toward keeping a couple hundred troops in eastern Syria: report Warren says making Israel aid conditional on settlement building is 'on the table' MORE’s strongest allies on Capitol Hill, blasted House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffTrump lashes out at Pelosi as she visits Jordan to discuss Syria Trump's insult-comic act enters danger zone  White House staggers after tumultuous 48 hours 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 VolkerDiplomats describe all-time low in morale at State under Trump Here's what to watch this week on impeachment Perry won't comply with subpoena in impeachment inquiry 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 JordanTrump embarks on Twitter spree amid impeachment inquiry, Syria outrage Testimony from GOP diplomat complicates Trump defense The Hill's Morning Report - Tempers boil over at the White House 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.