Judiciary Democrat fearful Republicans will treat impeachment hearing like 'game'

Judiciary Democrat fearful Republicans will treat impeachment hearing like 'game'
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Rep. Pramila JayapalPramila JayapalDHS opens probe into allegations at Georgia ICE facility Progressive Caucus co-chair: Whistleblower complaint raises questions about 'entire detention system' Buttigieg, former officials added to Biden's transition team MORE (D-Wash.), a member of the House Judiciary Committee, said early Wednesday that she is fearful Republican members of the panel will treat its first impeachment hearing like a “game.”

Jayapal told CNN's "New Day" that she is worried about some of the Republican members of the committee that are “hellbent on defending the president at any cost.”

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She also said she thinks some GOP lawmakers “are going to try and make chaos” at the hearing.

“We are in a serious moment,” she said. “I hope the Republicans don't treat this as a game, but I'm afraid that they might."

She said the tone of Wednesday's hearing will be different from House Intelligence Committee hearings, as the Judiciary Committee attempts to determine what the founders envisioned by including impeachment in the Constitution. 

“I just hope that the American people who are watching understand the graveness of what is before us,” she said. 

The Judiciary hearings will feature four constitutional lawyers.

House Democrats launched an impeachment inquiry into the president after a whistleblower report revealed he asked the Ukrainian president to look into former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenCast of 'Parks and Rec' reunite for virtual town hall to address Wisconsin voters Biden says Trump should step down over coronavirus response Biden tells CNN town hall that he has benefited from white privilege MORE after withholding military aid from the country.