How the 2019 impeachment proceedings defy our democracy

Under Schiff’s rules, not only are most members of Congress not serving on one of these three committees barred from attending impeachment-related depositions, they are not allowed to even read the transcripts.

Furthermore, Republican members on a committee of jurisdiction cannot even view the transcript unless they set up an appointment and are supervised by a member of Schiff’s staff. Schiff has eliminated transparency in these depositions by placing a gag-rule on members who have access to the depositions, such as myself, from speaking publicly about the closed-door sessions. The only information that has been released to the public regarding these proceedings are the leaks the Democrats cherry-pick for the press.

He has denied the very branch of government that is being called into question from participating in the depositions. There is no due process in a Star Chamber.

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