The House parliamentarian confirmed that Gaetz was not allowed into a closed-door deposition with a former Trump aide.
Florida GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz, who has made defending Donald Trump his mission in Congress, was kicked out of a closed-door deposition on Monday with a former Trump aide, Politico's Kyle Cheney reported.
Gaetz attempted to attend a deposition with Fiona Hill, Trump's former adviser on Russia and Europe who resigned from her position this summer. Hill has said the Trump administration's removal of Ukrainian Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch was an abuse of power, according to the New York Times, and she is appearing before House investigators even though the White House said it was going to block anyone from cooperating with the impeachment inquiry.
But Gaetz is not a member of any of the three committees involved in the deposition, and thus was not allowed in the room — something Gaetz told reporters the House parliamentarian confirmed.
"Mr. Schiff told me I had to leave," Gaetz said, according to Cheney.
Gaetz was caught on cameras on Capitol Hill leaving the deposition.
This is not the first time Gaetz has fallen on his face in his attempt to protect Trump.
Over the summer, Gaetz pretended to be on the border to show that Trump was making good on his promise to build a border wall between the U.S. and Mexico. However, Gaetz wasn't at the border and the "wall" he was standing by was merely a prototype.
Gaetz also tried to introduce a childish bill in the spring to taunt Schiff, titled the bill the PENCIL Act, an homage to Trump's juvenile "little pencil neck" nickname for the House Intelligence Committee chair.
Now, however, it's Schiff getting the last laugh as Gaetz sulked away from the deposition.
Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.