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Meghan McCain calls GOP impeachment protest 'publicity stunt politics'

Meghan McCain calls GOP impeachment protest 'publicity stunt politics'
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“The View” co-host Meghan McCainMeghan Marguerite McCainMeghan McCain, Whoopi Goldberg spar over Biden's outburst at CNN reporter Meghan McCain: Harris 'sounded like a moron' discussing immigration CNN insults #MeToo movement, provides happy ending for Jeffrey Toobin MORE on Thursday ripped Rep. Matt GaetzMatthew (Matt) GaetzKinzinger: Conspiracy theory FBI planned Jan. 6 example of 'legacy of Trump and Trumpism' 21 Republicans vote against awarding medals to police who defended Capitol Florida congressional candidate says opponents conspiring to kill her MORE (R-Fla.) after a group of GOP lawmakers stormed a closed-door impeachment proceeding on Capitol Hill.

“By the way, Matt Gaetz, when did you want to become a TV star?” McCain said. “You want to do that? Get the hell out of Congress. Get a TV job.”

McCain’s comments come a day after Gaetz, a vocal supporter of President TrumpDonald TrumpChinese apps could face subpoenas, bans under Biden executive order: report Kim says North Korea needs to be 'prepared' for 'confrontation' with US Ex-Colorado GOP chair accused of stealing more than 0K from pro-Trump PAC MORE, and other Republicans — including some members of the party’s leadership — barged into a secure hearing room in the Capitol basement on Wednesday to protest what they've argued is an unfair impeachment inquiry into the president.

Hours after the demonstration, Gaetz lashed out at congressional Democrats as an “angry pack of rabid hyenas."

“I think Democrats shouldn’t be doing it. I think Republicans shouldn’t be doing it. I think we elect you to get your freaking job done one way or the other,” McCain said Thursday, adding that “when you’re doing what Republicans did yesterday, it’s the reason why Congress has a 13 percent approval rating.”

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The protest delayed a House deposition with Laura Cooper, the deputy assistant secretary of Defense for Russia, Ukraine and Eurasia, by about five hours and caused a stir in the Capitol.

Many Democrats took issue with the fact that Republicans violated congressional rules by bringing cellphones into a secure facility.

Multiple House committees have conducted closed-door depositions with several current and former Trump administration officials as part of the inquiry, spurring outrage from Trump and Republicans over what they view as a lack of transparency into the process.