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RELEASE: CAP Action Fund Analysis Highlights Misleading Claims About Republican Attendance at Impeachment Depositions
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RELEASE: CAP Action Fund Analysis Highlights Misleading Claims About Republican Attendance at Impeachment Depositions

Washington, D.C. — Every House Republican assigned to investigate the Trump impeachment inquiry was invited to attend witness depositions, yet many simply chose not to, according to a review of public documents by the Center for American Progress Action Fund.

The Action Fund column rebuts false and misleading claims by White House counsel Pat Cipollone, who suggested that Republicans were barred from the 17 closed-door depositions conducted by the House Intelligence Committee.

According to the Action Fund’s analysis:

  • 48 House Republicans were assigned to investigate the impeachment inquiry and invited to attend the 17 depositions.
  • 85 percent attended less than half.
  • 67 percent attended three or fewer.
  • No Republicans attended all the depositions.
  • 12 failed to attend any depositions.

While the Republican lawmakers had ample opportunity to attend and ask questions of key witnesses, records show that overall attendance was poor. Any suggestion that Republicans were shut out of these depositions is false.

Read the column: “48 House Republicans Were Invited to Participate in All 17 House Impeachment Inquiry Depositions—Many Chose Not To” by Will Ragland

For more information or to speak to an expert, please contact Sam Hananel at shananel@americanprogress.org or 202-478-6327.