Republicans Storm SCIF to Disrupt ‘Secret’ Impeachment Inquiry, May Have Broken the Law

Republicans Storm SCIF to Disrupt ‘Secret’ Impeachment Inquiry, May Have Broken the Law

House Republicans disrupted the testimony of Pentagon official Laura Cooper on Wednesday by storming into a Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF) and insisting that the ongoing impeachment proceedings take place in public.

Reports on Republicans’ unprecedented actions are somewhat incomplete at the moment, but it’s likely they have violated House rules and perhaps federal law.

Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz may have been tweeting from inside SCIF, which could be an offense. Electronic devices are banned in the SCIF.

One congressional reporter called Gaetz’ actions a ‘significant breach’, while others said it was a crime.

The highly unusual and bizarre nature of Republicans storming into a private hearing was not lost on journalists covering the Hill, with many expressing shock and incredulity.

Darragh Roche

Darragh Roche is Senior Editor and Political News Writer.