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

Rep. Mark MeadowsMark Randall MeadowsSunday shows preview: Lawmakers prepare for week two of impeachment trial Meadows says Trump told him he didn't threaten senators on impeachment vote Impeachment trial to enter new phase with Trump defense MORE (R-N.C.) slammed former George W. Bush campaign aide Matthew Dowd after he made a comment criticizing Rep. Elise StefanikElise Marie StefanikJeffries, Nadler showcase different NY styles in Trump trial The Hill's Morning Report - Trump trial begins with clash over rules White House appoints GOP House members to advise Trump's impeachment team 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 SchiffSunday shows preview: Lawmakers prepare for week two of impeachment trial Trump defense team signals focus on Schiff Schiff pushes back: Defense team knows Trump is guilty MORE (D-Calif.) over the identity of the whistleblower whose complaint sparked the impeachment inquiry into President TrumpDonald John TrumpKaine: Obama called Trump a 'fascist' during 2016 campaign Kaine: GOP senators should 'at least' treat Trump trial with seriousness of traffic court Louise Linton, wife of Mnuchin, deletes Instagram post in support of Greta Thunberg 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.