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The House Judiciary Committee’s second impeachment hearing got testy Monday when Democrats allowed a lawyer who had already served as a witness to return to the bench and cross-examine other witnesses.

Lawyer Barry Berke, who was selected to be the Judiciary Democrats’ counsel, started the hearing by presenting his opinion as a witness as to why President Donald Trump should be impeached. After serving as a witness, Berke was then assigned to question and cross-examine other witnesses at the hearing.

As Berke started questioning the Republican counsel, Steve Castor, Republican Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert interrupted to clarify if a witness could also serve as a questioner under House rules. Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler refused to acknowledge Gohmert’s point of order.

“There is no rule or precedent for anybody being a witness and then getting to come up and question, so — the point of order is he’s inappropriate to be up here asking questions,” Gohmert asked.

“How much money do you have to give to get to do that?” Gohmert added, presumably referencing the fact that Berke has donated over $100,000 to Democrats.

Nadler responded by urging Gohmert not to “cast aspersions” on members of the committee.


Several journalists questioned the arrangement on Twitter, indicating that allowing someone to serve as both a witness and a questioner was unprecedented.

  • Barry says:

    These so called impeachment hearings led by lying fat-neck nadler is so absurd that I for once am speechless. I can’t believe these democRATS communist piles of stinky dog excrement were even voted into office, what the hell is wrong with the American electorate?

  • Evangeline says:

    This is such a travesty of justice I can’t watch any more! Nadler and Schiff just make up their own rules, disreguard the rules of the house, don’t give Trump due process, have secret interviews in the basement, don’t turn over all evidence and then turn 1,000 pages over to Republicans the night before the hearing so they have no time to look it over or prepare anything! This is anything but a true or fair hearing/trial. I’m so done with this lynching. That’s all it is. They want him out, they keep changing the crime and they want Pence gone, too so they can make Pelosi president!!! This is treason!!!

  • Evangeline says:

    Just another example of House Dems violating our laws and changing them to suit their agenda.

  • CF