GOP lawmaker urges members to halt 'endless loop' of talking points

GOP lawmaker urges members to halt 'endless loop' of talking points
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Rep. Tom McClintockThomas (Tom) Milller McClintockHispanic Caucus campaign arm unveils non-Hispanic endorsements Overnight Energy: Panel gives chairman power to subpoena Interior | House passes bill to protect wilderness | House Republicans propose carbon capture bill | Ocasio-Cortez introduces bill to ban fracking House Natural Resources gives Grijalva power to subpoena Interior MORE (R-Calif.), more than 11 hours into Thursday's marathon impeachment hearing, implored his fellow committee members to resist the urge to keep speaking up to make the same points they've shared over the course of the nearly 12-hour hearing.

"This hearing’s been enough of an institutional embarrassment without putting it on an endless loop, so if I could just offer a modest suggestion — if no one has anything new to add, they resist the temptation to inflict what we’ve already heard over and over again," McClintock said.

The congressman bemoaned that he had not heard a new talking point from either side "in the last three hours."

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"Repeating a fact over and over doesn’t make it true and denying a fact over and over doesn’t make it false," he said.

Upon the conclusion of McClintock's remarks, Rep. Martha RobyMartha Dubina RobyThe 14 other key races to watch on Super Tuesday Collins Senate bid sets off game of musical chairs for GOP Global health is the last bastion of bipartisan foreign policy MORE (R-Ala.) sought recognition.

She yielded to other Republican lawmakers who went on to defend the president.

Both Democrats and Republicans on the Judiciary Committee have treaded over many of the same arguments and talking points during the all day hearing.

The panel is considering amendments to the two articles of impeachment offered by Democrats. All of the amendments have been defeated on party-line votes.