Meadows slams ex-Bush aide's 'reprehensible' remark about GOP congresswoman

Rep. Mark MeadowsMark Randall MeadowsThe Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by UANI — Sparks fly as House Judiciary debates impeachment articles Democrats object to Meadows passing note to Jordan from dais Meadows says he's advocating for Trump to add Alan Dershowitz to impeachment defense team MORE (R-N.C.) slammed former George W. Bush campaign aide Matthew Dowd after he made a comment criticizing Rep. Elise StefanikElise Marie StefanikKoch campaign touts bipartisan group behind ag labor immigration bill Lawmakers introduce bipartisan bill to allow new parents to advance tax credits CNN's Bianna Golodryga: 'Rumblings' from Democrats on censuring Trump instead of impeachment MORE (R-N.Y.). The congressman deemed the comment "reprehensible." 

"Elise Stefanik is a perfect example of why just electing someone because they are a woman or a millennial doesn’t necessarily get you the leaders we need," wrote Dowd, now an ABC News political analyst. 

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Meadows shot back, defending his colleague. 

"Elise did a great job laying out the facts. And, not least of all, this comment is reprehensible," Meadows replied. 

Stefanik also weighed in, saying, "It’s a good thing I wasn’t raised to measure my self-worth or professional work based on tweets from self-important @MSNBC commentators like Dowd (who is he again?)."

Dowd has since deleted the tweet. 

Stefanik entered into a heated exchange with House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffSupreme Court takes up fight over Trump financial records Democrats approve two articles of impeachment against Trump in Judiciary vote McConnell, White House lawyer huddle on impeachment strategy MORE (D-Calif.) over the identity of the whistleblower whose complaint sparked the impeachment inquiry into President TrumpDonald John TrumpDemocrats ask if they have reason to worry about UK result Trump scramble to rack up accomplishments gives conservatives heartburn Seven years after Sandy Hook, the politics of guns has changed MORE

"Will you be prohibiting witnesses from members' questions as you have during the closed-door depositions?" she asked. 

Schiff responded that the only time he did so is "when it was apparent that members were seeking to out the whistleblower."

"I'm disturbed to hear members of the committee who have in the past voiced strong support for whistleblower protections seek to undermine those protections by outing the whistleblower," he added. 

The first set of public impeachment hearings took place on Wednesday as part of House Democrats' inquiry into Trump's dealings with Ukraine. 

Updated 5:03 p.m.