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

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

Rep. Lee ZeldinLee ZeldinMajority of New York voters say Cuomo should not be reelected: poll GOP lawmaker 'actively exploring' run for New York governor Sunday shows preview: Lawmakers weigh in on Trump impeachment trial; Biden administration eyes timeline for mass vaccinations MORE (R-N.Y.) slammed Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffHouse Democrats want to silence opposing views, not 'fake news' White House defends not sanctioning Saudi crown prince over Khashoggi What good are the intelligence committees? 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 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'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 PelosiTrump White House associate tied to Proud Boys before riot via cell phone data Greene sounds off on GOP after Hill story 'Bloody Sunday' to be commemorated for first time without John Lewis MORE (D-Calif.) launched an impeachment inquiry into President TrumpDonald TrumpUS, South Korea reach agreement on cost-sharing for troops Graham: Trump can make GOP bigger, stronger, or he 'could destroy it' Biden nominates female generals whose promotions were reportedly delayed under Trump MORE after a whistleblower report came to light saying Trump asked the Ukrainian president to look into former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenLawmakers, activists remember civil rights icons to mark 'Bloody Sunday' Fauci predicts high schoolers will receive coronavirus vaccinations this fall Biden nominates female generals whose promotions were reportedly delayed under Trump MORE and his son. The House has not had an official vote to open an impeachment inquiry.