Republican congressmen blocked Wednesday for hours the investigation of a political trial against President Donald Trump, with the occupation of the room in which investigators interrogate witnesses.
At the shout of “Let us in,” some 25 congressmen forced their way into a room of the House Intelligence Committee to which only the legislators of the three committees conducting the investigation have access.
There are about a hundred authorized congressmen -of the 435 that make up the plenum-, about half of them Republicans.
The congressmen who took part in the protest pushed the Congressional police into the room, according to the local media that were witnesses, and they did so with their mobile devices, which are prohibited in that part of the precinct for security reasons.
As the occupation dragged on, the congressmen, who demanded access to all the investigative hearings, asked for pizzas at home for the journalists who covered the action and who do not have access to the room either.
With their protest, the Republican congressmen were able to delay for hours the appearance of the head of the Pentagon for Russia, Ukraine and Eurasia, Laura Cooper.
The occupation was attended by the number two Republican in the Lower House, Steve Scalise, and the action received criticism from some Republican senators, such as Lindsey Graham, a great ally of Trump, and John Thune, number two in the Upper House.
This protest came just one day after the appearance of the acting ambassador to Ukraine, William Taylor, considered to be the most damaging to Trump’s interests to date as part of the impeachment investigation.
Taylor confirmed behind closed doors something that the White House has repeatedly denied: that Trump made the delivery of military aid to Ukraine conditional on the search for information detrimental to the Democrats.
“It’s the most incriminating testimony I’ve ever heard,” Democratic Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz told The Washington Post.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat, ordered her committees a month ago to open an impeachment investigation against Trump for “betraying” national security and the Constitution.
That was after a leak from inside the White House alerted the opposition to the contacts Trump was making with the Ukrainian government and its new president, Vladimir Zelensky.
The leak uncovered a call in late July in which Trump asked Zelensky to investigate former vice president and Democratic pre-candidate Joe Biden and his son Hunter for alleged corruption in Ukraine.