Schiff silences female GOP lawmaker mob-boss style

When Democrats roll out a crying female who has been hurt by a bad man like President Donald Trump or Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, watch out. They are executing yet another hoax based on fake news or fake facts, à la Christine Blasey Ford. 

By now most people should be familiar with their playbook, yet it works every time.  These public dramatizations are becoming like reruns of Smile You’re on Candid Camera. The fragile female who’s feelings they are obsessed with protecting is never Republican.

Friday’s televised impeachment hearing, run by House intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, had already been pre-rehearsed in the Capitol basement. Democrats had everything riding on a tearful performance from the latest fake female martyr, former ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch who Trump fired months ago.

While Democrats and the media were obsessing over her pain, Schiff was callously silencing and dismissing ‘unrecognized’ Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY). It is OK to terrorize Republican women, but don’t dare ruffle the delicate feathers of any Democratic Florence Nightingale.

House Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Rep. Devin Nunes R-CA) was attempting to yield some of his time to Stefanik when she was immediately gaveled off by Schiff.

Under Draconian rules which passed on a party-line vote last month, Nunes could only use his 45-minute period for his own questioning or to yield to his staff counsel.

“The gentlewoman will suspend,” Schiff said repeatedly, cutting her off mid-sentence.

“What is the interruption for this time? It is our time.” Stefanik demanded, flagrantly challenging the procedures of Schiff’s outrageous show trial.

“The gentlewoman will suspend,” Schiff said. “You are not recognized.”

“I just recognized her,” Nunes said. Schiff was explaining the new procedures to Nunes when Stefanik interjected again.

“The gentlewoman will suspend,” Schiff said. “You are not recognized.”

“You are gagging the young lady from New York?” Nunes asked in disbelief.

A gavel-pounding cacophony ensued during which Schiff and Nunes argued over the procedures, which significantly differed from historical precedent.

Stefanik said: “This is the fifth time you have interrupted members of Congress, duly elected members of Congress,” before turning off her mic and shaking her head.

The exchange highlights the mob-boss style rules which Democrats approved for the conduct of the impeachment inquiry.

They butchered the powers of Republican elected representatives while granting unprecedented authority to unelected staffers.

The committee’s staff aides have been authorized to question witnesses directly during public hearings. Elected Republican House members must be chaperoned by unelected Democratic staff members if they want to look at the evidence.

Only Schiff, ranking member Devin Nunes (R-CA) and a staffer, if either yields — are allowed to ask questions for up to 45 minutes on each side. It would then revert to the typical format of congressional hearings, allowing members of each party to alternate with five minutes of questioning. Nunes is the only Republican empowered to call witnesses, but only after asking mob boss Schiff.

“To allow for full evaluation of minority witness requests, the ranking minority member may submit to the chair, in writing, any requests for witness testimony relevant to the investigation,” the resolution says.

The radical departure of Democrats from more equitable House procedures will backfire in the end. The public is beginning to grow tired of their “Resistance.” The televised hearings are only shining a light on the gangster-style form of governance they are lurching toward and they are headed for a showdown in 2020 like they never imagined.