CNN Compares Republicans Storming Impeachment Hearing To a 'KKK Stunt'
Former Clinton White House aide weighs in Democrat-led hearing
CNN's political commentator Keith Boykin compared Republicans to the Klu Klux Klan when describing their "ridiculous stunt" storming the Democrat-led hearing in their impeachment inquiry.
"They looked ridiculous," said S.E. Cupp, referring to the Republicans who forced their way into secure proceedings run by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.).
Boykin, who is a former Clinton White House aide, responded by comparing Republicans to the Ku Klux Klan.
"This is a disgraceful stunt," said Boykin.
"I'll go further than S.E. would go, and I'll say this looks like a Klan group that is assembled outside of a jail trying to get the sheriff to let them in so that they could deliver their own justice against somebody who's inside," he added.
"It's not a good look for our Democracy; it's not a good look for the Republican party," Boykin said.
"Forty-seven of them apparently are already, Republicans are already on these committees that are in these impeachment investigation out of 197 total House Republicans, that's a quarter of the entire Republican caucus that is already represented, and they're creating these political stunts in order to throw off the attention," Boykin continued.
"They're not focused on the issue of why Trump is being impeached, they're focused on how they could complain about the process," he concluded.
But Jake Tapper offered some criticism of Boykin's extreme remarks.
"Can I just say one thing to you, Keith," he said.
"Respectfully, I think the Klan metaphor was a little strong, and I don't want to get into the whole thing, but earlier this week, we were talking about lynching and using that word lightly."
Boykin responded, saying he purposely used the word to bring race into the issue.
On Wednesday, House Republicans stormed a secure hearing room were House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff and lawmakers were conducting secret impeachment proceedings.
But the GOP members were denied entry by the “Democratic leadership."
The GOP lawmakers sit on panels that are not officially invited to closed-door interviews of Trump administration officials.
The lawmakers were interviewing Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Laura Cooper in the closed-door proceedings.
Republican Rep. Debbie Lesko of Arizona said:
“A whole bunch of Republican Congress members who were duly elected just tried to get in to find out what is going on in their closed hearings, because we were elected to Congress and we don’t even know what is going on."