After Republican SCIF Stunt, Cooper Ultimately Testified For Over Three Hours

Top Pentagon official Laura Cooper (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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October 24, 2019 8:02 a.m.

After her testimony was delayed for five hours as non-committee member Republicans stormed the secure hearing room, top Pentagon official Laura Cooper finally spoke for over three hours on Wednesday.

According to Politico, Democrats who sat in on the hearing didn’t share details about it, while Trump ally Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) was quick to say that some aspects of her testimony contradicted that of Ukraine diplomat Bill Taylor. Taylor’s testimony is widely considered damning for the President, as it clearly lays out the quid pro quo he and his allies pushed on Ukraine.

Cooper was the first employee of the Defense Department who testified despite orders to ignore the committees’ subpoena.

The Republican stunt was likely an attempt to change the narrative on the impeachment inquiry, as evidence against Trump stacks up.

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