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Nunes complains Democrats adding extra time for questioning witnesses

House Intelligence Committee ranking member Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesTrump pushing to declassify document disputing intel findings on Russia: report Sunday shows preview: Coronavirus cases surge in the Midwest; Trump hits campaign trail after COVID-19 Democrat Arballo gains on Nunes: internal poll MORE (R-Calif.) complained on Tuesday that committee Democrats were giving themselves extra time to question witnesses during the fourth open impeachment inquiry hearing.

Nunes also criticized committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffGreenwald slams Schiff over Biden emails on Fox Hillicon Valley: DOJ accuses Russian hackers of targeting 2018 Olympics, French elections | Federal commission issues recommendations for securing critical tech against Chinese threats | House Democrats slam FCC over 'blatant attempt to help' Trump Federal commission issues recommendations for securing critical tech against Chinese threats MORE (D-Calif.) — again — for not allowing the anonymous whistleblower that originally raised concerns about a July phone call between President TrumpDonald John TrumpIvanka Trump, Jared Kusher's lawyer threatens to sue Lincoln Project over Times Square billboards Facebook, Twitter CEOs to testify before Senate Judiciary Committee on Nov. 17 Sanders hits back at Trump's attack on 'socialized medicine' MORE and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to testify.

Following a 15-minute period of questioning by Schiff and Democratic counsel Daniel Goldman, Schiff turned questioning over to Nunes, at which point Nunes inquired whether committee Republicans should “expect anymore of these magical 15 minute motions.”

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Schiff pointed to House Resolution 660 to justify the longer time spent questioning the witnesses, a rule that according to Schiff allows for “successive rounds of up to 45 minutes, so this is part of the prescribed procedure under the House resolution.”

Nunes noted that the use of the rule by the Democrats illustrated “how out of control this process has become,” saying that the committee Democrats should have had “the decency to tell us that you are going to have 15 minutes more.”

Nunes strongly condemned the overall impeachment inquiry, calling it “a drug deal” that Democrats are “trying to sell.”

“You can go four hours, we can go five hours, we’ll give you all you want, you can keep digging if you want, the deeper the hole you dig, I think the more viewers will turn off, because people just aren’t buying the drug deal that you guys are trying to sell,” Nunes told Schiff.

Schiff and Nunes, who sat directly next to each other in the committee room, did not look at each other during their back-and-forth.

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Nunes also used this time to call on Schiff to allow the whistleblower to testify, something Nunes has repeatedly asked for throughout the impeachment inquiry hearings. 

“These are two witnesses, your witnesses, that you called into depose, we still asked for witnesses that you did not call into depose, including the whistleblower, who you and others claim not to know,” Nunes said. “We still need to get to the bottom of that, because he is the most important material fact witness to how this whole mess began in the first place.”

Schiff last week announced that the whistleblower would not testify, saying this would not be necessary due to further evidence gathered from other sources.

Read more live updates from the hearing here.