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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) GaetzGiuliani has discussed possible pardon with Trump: report Hannity urges Trump to pardon himself Gaetz: Trump 'should pardon everyone' including himself to quash liberal 'bloodlust' MORE (R-Fla.), one of President TrumpDonald John TrumpFederal watchdog accuses VOA parent company of wrongdoing under Trump appointee Lawsuit alleges 200K Georgia voters were wrongly purged from registration list Ivanka Trump gives deposition in lawsuit alleging misuse of inauguration funds MORE’s strongest allies on Capitol Hill, blasted House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffBarr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Trump pardons Flynn | Lawmakers lash out at decision | Pentagon nixes Thanksgiving dining hall meals due to COVID-19 Democratic impeachment leaders blast Trump's pardon of Flynn 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 VolkerGOP senators request details on Hunter Biden's travel for probe Yovanovitch retires from State Department: reports Live coverage: Senators enter second day of questions in impeachment trial 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 JordanCheney, top GOP lawmakers ask Trump campaign for proof of election fraud New RSC chairman sees 'Trumpism' as future Sunday shows preview: Biden team gears up for transition, Trump legal battles continue and pandemic rages on 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.