Schiff Silences Elise Stefanik During Yovanovitch Hearing

REP. DEVIN NUNES: I know Ms. Stefanik, you had a few quick questions for the Ambassador. I yield to you, Ms. Stefanik. 

REP. ELISE STEFANIK: Thank you, Mr. Nunes. Ambassador Yovanovitch,  thank you for being here today–

REP. ADAM SCHIFF: The gentlewoman will suspend. The gentlewoman will suspend. 

REP. STEFANIK: What is the interruption for this time? It is our time.

REP. SCHIFF: The gentlewoman will suspend. You are not recognized. Mr. Nunes, you or Minority Counsel. 

REP. NUNES: I just recognized —

REP. SCHIFF: Under House Resolution 660, you are not allowed to yield the time except to Minority Counsel. 

REP. SCHIFF: The Ranking Member yielded the time to another Member of Congress.

REP. SCHIFF: No. No, that is not accurate. 

REP. NUNES: You’re gagging the gentle lady from New York?

REP. STEFANIK: That is accurate. Ambassador Yovanovitch, I want to thank you for being here today —

REP. SCHIFF: The gentlewoman will suspend. You are not recognized. 

REP. STEFANIK: This the fifth time you have interrupted Members of Congress — duly elected Members of Congress.

REP. SCHIFF: The gentlewoman is not recognized. The gentlewoman will suspend. 

REP. NUNES: Mr. Chair, we control the time, and customary to this Committee, whoever controls the time can yield to whoever they wish. We have Members of Congress who have a few questions. It seems appropriate that we would be able to let Ms. Stefanik ask her question.

REP. SCHIFF: Mr. Nunes, you or Minority Counsel are recognized. 

REP. NUNES: Alright. Mr. Castor, you’re recognized.