House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler’s impeachment proceedings took a chaotic turn during a tense exchange with Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert and Louisiana Rep. Mike Johnson.
As reported in The Hill, the outburst came in response to a rather unusual development amid the proceedings: Democratic counsel Barry Berke went from being a witness for the Democrats to sitting on the dais with Nadler, asking probing question of Republican Intelligence Committee lawyer Steve Castor.
Gohmert could hardly believe what was happening.
“I’ve been a judge and I know that you don’t get to be a witness and a judge in the same case,” The Texas Republican argued. “That’s my point of order. He should not be up here,” Gohmert continued.
"This is not about being fair. It's not about due process. It is about a kangaroo system; and let me tell you — those who think they have done something special here — you have set the bar so low, I'm afraid it's irreparable …" #ImpeachmentHearings pic.twitter.com/8EByVRV3CL
— Louie Gohmert (@replouiegohmert) December 9, 2019
Nadler attempted to quash the opposition by claiming Berke could indeed conduct questioning pursuant to House Resolution 660, but Reps. Johnson and Gohmert persisted.
“Mr. Chairman, what is this?” Johnson asked Nadler, appearing to be in disbelief of what he was witnessing. Chairman Nadler then proceeded to pound his gavel and deny Johnson’s “parliamentary inquiry,” which prompted Gohmert to quickly resume furious incredulity, asking Nadler: “…how many other rules are you going to disregard?”
Amid the slams of Nadler’s pounding gavel, Gohmert insisted: “This is not appropriate to have a witness be a questioner of somebody that was a witness when he was. It’s just wrong… There is no rule nor precedent for anybody being a witness and then getting to come up and question … How much money do you have to give to get to do that?”
Nadler was quick to scold Gohmert, furiously responding: “The gentleman will not cast aspersions on members or staff of the committee. Mr. Berke has the time. Mr. Berke has the time.”
After the ruckus subsided, Berke continued to question Castor after Nadler reiterated his authority under House Resolution 660.
Written by Red Blue Divide editorial staff.