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 ZeldinThe Hill's Coronavirus Report: Surgeon General stresses need to invest much more in public health infrastructure, during and after COVID-19; Fauci hopeful vaccine could be deployed in December The Hill's Coronavirus Report: Mnuchin sees 'strong likelihood' of another relief package; Warner says some businesses 'may not come back' at The Hill's Advancing America's Economy summit The Hill's Coronavirus Report: Mastercard CEO Ajay Banga says supporting small business single most important thing we should do now; Teva's Brendan O'Grady says U.S. should stockpile strategic reserve in drugs like Strategic Oil Reserve MORE (R-N.Y.) slammed Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffMcCarthy urges Democrats to pull surveillance bill Key Senate Democrat withdraws support from House measure on web browsing data Trump urges GOP to vote against bill reauthorizing surveillance powers 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 PelosiMcCarthy urges Democrats to pull surveillance bill The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Major space launch today; Trump feuds with Twitter How lawmaker ties helped shape Fed chairman's COVID-19 response MORE (D-Calif.) launched an impeachment inquiry into President TrumpDonald John TrumpJustice says it will recommend Trump veto FISA bill Fauci: Nominating conventions may be able to go on as planned Poll: Biden leads Trump by 11 points nationally MORE after a whistleblower report came to light saying Trump asked the Ukrainian president to look into former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenProsecutor investigating whether Tara Reade gave false testimony as expert witness Poll: Biden leads Trump by 11 points nationally George Floyd's sister says Minneapolis officers should be charged with murder MORE and his son. The House has not had an official vote to open an impeachment inquiry.