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The House Judiciary Committee is expected to vote in favor of articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump on Friday, teeing up a full House vote for next week.

The move comes after weeks of hearings with Republicans shouting in defense of the President and against the efforts to hold him accountable for soliciting foreign assistance in an election.

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House Republicans stormed a Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF) on Wednesday morning, ignoring House rules protecting national security, to protest the closed door impeachment hearings against President Donald Trump.

At this stage of the inquiry, only lawmakers on the House Oversight, Foreign Affairs, and Intelligence Committees are privy to the testimony regarding impeachment. Republicans have routinely decried the use of closed door hearings in the initial stages of the inquiry, accusing House Democrats of hiding information, despite the fact that 47 Republicans are overseeing the inquiry with Democrats.

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You may recall that Congressman Matt Gaetz (R-FL) recently tried to infiltrate the closed-door testimony of White House Deputy Assistant Fiona Hill as she answered questions regarding President Donald Trump as part of the impeachment inquiry against him.

Gaetz is not on the House Foreign Affairs, Intelligence, or Oversight Committees, which are overseeing the inquiry, but he nevertheless believed he was entitled to be there. The House Parliamentarian disagreed, and Gaetz was ejected.

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Florida Republican Congressman and devout supporter of President Donald Trump, Rep. Matt Gaetz, attempted to crash the closed-door testimony of former Trump deputy assistant and advisor on Russia, Fiona Hill, which Democrats convened as part of the impeachment inquiry against the President.

Gaetz doesn't sit on the House Foreign Affairs, Intelligence, or Oversight Committees, which are overseeing the inquiry, but implied that his seat on the House Judiciary Committee entitled him to be present for the testimony. The House Parliamentarian disagreed, confirming that Gaetz was not allowed to attend.

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U.S. President Donald Trump waves during a meeting of the National Space Council at the East Room of the White House June 18, 2018 in Washington, DC. President Trump signed an executive order to establish the Space Force, an independent and co-equal military branch, as the sixth branch of the U.S. armed forces. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump tweets an average of 12 times per day. His often stream-of-consciousness use of the social media platform has become one of the defining aspects of his presidency. He announces resignations and firings. He attacks lawmakers, journalists, and communities. He perpetuates conspiracy theories and false talking points.

But what he doesn't do often is "like" other people's tweets. He's only liked four tweets using his personal account, one of which is his own.

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A recently resurfaced video shows an unexpected voice joining what, since 2016, has been a mounting chorus calling for President Donald Trump's tax returns.

This call came from Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz, a vocal Trump ally in the House of Representatives who recently made headlines for threatening Trump's former attorney Michael Cohen ahead of Cohen's explosive testimony before the House Oversight Committee.

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi repudiated Representative Matt Gaetz (R-FL) after he tweeted what many perceived to be a threat against President Donald Trump's former attorney Michael Cohen ahead of Cohen's testimony before the House Oversight Committee.

"I encourage all members to be mindful that comments made on social media or in the press can adversely affect the ability of House Committees to obtain the truthful and complete information necessary to fulfill their duties," Pelosi said in a statement, noting that "The Committee on Ethics should vigilantly monitor these types of statements, which may not be protected by the speech or debate clause."

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