GOP lawmaker: Democrats cherry-picking what to leak in impeachment inquiry

GOP lawmaker: Democrats cherry-picking what to leak in impeachment inquiry
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Rep. Lee ZeldinLee ZeldinHouse lawmakers urge adoption of UN report's recommendations on battling anti-Semitism Schiff pushes back: Defense team knows Trump is guilty Jeffries, Nadler showcase different NY styles in Trump trial MORE (R-N.Y.) slammed Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffRepublicans show little enthusiasm for impeachment witness swap Meadows: Republicans who break with Trump could face political repercussions Schiff: Senate cannot have 'meaningful trial' without Bolton MORE (D-Calif.) for his handling of the impeachment inquiry, saying the process is filled with "cherry-picked leaks, withholding of key facts and ... lying."

Zeldin told John Castimatidis on his Sunday radio show that the impeachment process "kind of a flying by the seat of your pants type process" for Schiff, who is leading the impeachment process.

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"Something that I find outrageous is the cherry-picked leaks, the withholding of key facts and the lying about other claims that's misleading the American public," Zeldin said.

Zeldin said he has sat in on a total of almost 20 hours of testimony between former special envoy 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's and former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovich's testimonies as a member of the House Foreign Affairs Oversight Investigations Subcommittee. Four more testimonies are scheduled for the upcoming week.

The New York representative said the depositions should be held "live in front of the American public for everyone to hear."

"Why are sitting inside of Adam Schiff's bunker turning in our cell phones before we come in and being told that nothing here can be told to the American public?"

Zeldin said he thinks the minority party in the House should also have subpoena power in the impeachment process.

He added that he has "outstanding questions" about how Schiff has handled the whistleblower process. 

"The only thing the whistleblower has to add that's new is information that frankly Adam Schiff and his staff don't want us talking about," he said.

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiHouse passes bill aimed at bolstering Holocaust education Hillicon Valley — Presented by Philip Morris International — NFL social media accounts hacked | Dem questions border chief over controversial Facebook group | Clinton says Zuckerberg has 'authoritarian' views Meadows: Republicans who break with Trump could face political repercussions MORE (D-Calif.) launched an impeachment inquiry into President TrumpDonald John TrumpWarren: Dershowitz presentation 'nonsensical,' 'could not follow it' Bolton told Barr he was concerned Trump did favors for autocrats: report Dershowitz: Bolton allegations would not constitute impeachable offense MORE after a whistleblower report came to light saying Trump asked the Ukrainian president to look into former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenWarren: Dershowitz presentation 'nonsensical,' 'could not follow it' Bolton told Barr he was concerned Trump did favors for autocrats: report Dershowitz: Bolton allegations would not constitute impeachable offense MORE and his son. The House has not had an official vote to open an impeachment inquiry.