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) GaetzGaetz in Twitter battle with Florida House Republican Apple under pressure to unlock Pensacola shooter's phones Conservatives slam Warren's call to put transgender women in women's prisons MORE (R-Fla.), one of President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump denies telling Bolton Ukraine aid was tied to investigations Former senior Senate GOP aide says Republicans should call witnesses Title, release date revealed for Bolton memoir MORE’s strongest allies on Capitol Hill, blasted House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffWhite House spokesperson: Media's 'obsession' with impeachment 'won't let up' Trump rips Chuck Todd for 'softball' Schiff interview Democrats, Republicans tussle over witnesses as vote approaches 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 VolkerSekulow vows Bidens, Ukraine will be part of Trump impeachment defense GOP-Biden feud looms over impeachment trial GOP rejects effort to compel documents on delayed Ukraine aid 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 JordanJordan says he thinks trial will be over by next week Cheney's decision not to run for Senate sparks Speaker chatter The Hill's Morning Report - Trump trial begins with clash over rules 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.