House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., prohibited Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., from asking questions to former Ukraine Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch when Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., attempted to yield time to the New York congresswoman.
Stefanik attempted to question the witness testifying before the committee multiple times as Schiff repeatedly shut her down.
“The gentlewoman is not recognized,” Schiff asserted again and again.
The House Intelligence Committee chairman’s conduct exposes a flagrant double-standard. If Stefanik were a Democrat, the liberals and media would be screaming with allegations of sexism.
On the Republican's time, Adam Schiff silences a female member of Congress who tries to question a female witness. So, when you hear the narrative that Republican men bullied a female witness, don't buy it.
— Katie Pavlich (@KatiePavlich) November 15, 2019
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) November 15, 2019
Schiff’s denial of Republican members’ rights to ask questions during impeachment hearings has been a recurring pattern throughout the process, from the closed-door testimonies to the public proceedings.
Schiff’s witnesses have also been dismissive of Republican members. Last week, Alexander Vindman’s attorney made a sexist remark toward Stefanik and declined he knew who she was in an attempt to avoid answering the congresswoman’s questions.
“First off, I don’t know who you are, if you could identify yourself for the record,” Michael Volkov, Vindman’s attorney, said during closed-door testimony. Steve Castor, the Republican attorney leading questions for the minority, reminded Volkov who Stefanik is.
The Albany Times Union’s managing editor touted that moment, provoking a response from Stefanik.
“Sad when the editor of the @timesunion spouts off about what everyone who was in the room knows was a sexist remark just because I was the only young woman at the table and it was wrongly assumed I was staff,” Stefanik wrote on Twitter, adding that multiple members of both parties approached her about how it was “disgusting to witness.”
Sad when the editor of the @timesunion spouts off about what everyone who was in the room knows was a sexist remark just because I was the only young woman at the table and it was wrongly assumed I was staff 👇 Multiple R and D Members told me how this was disgusting to witness. https://t.co/2LaH0W3lQn
— Elise Stefanik (@EliseStefanik) November 8, 2019
The partisan impeachment proceedings spearheaded by Schiff have been biased against Republicans from the start. The rules of impeachment, which Democrats claim are the fairest ever passed by the House, prohibit Republican lawmakers from subpoenaing witnesses or evidence without Democratic approval. These rights were granted to the minority party in both the Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton impeachment proceedings.