A 7-foot-tall drag queen is making waves after appearing at Wednesday’s President Donald Trump public impeachment hearing before the House Intelligence Committee.
The impeachment hearing attendee has been identified as New York-based performer Pissi Myles, Insider reported.
(Also update: I have lost all of my power to be productive today as I am only interested in Pissi Myles sightings)
— Annie Andersen (@Annie_Andersen) November 13, 2019
Myles broadcasted live from the hearing, according to CBC reporter Sylvia Thomson.
“This is very important to the LGBTQ community,” Myles said in reference to the hearings.
“It’s a crazy day in Washington! I’m flipping my wig over the high-energy proceedings today,” Myles told NBC News. “Tensions are high, and the bar for who’s allowed in the Longworth House is very, very low.”
Myles’ caused a stir among Washington, D.C. journalists covering impeachment proceedings.
Just arrived for #ImpeachmentHearings
Someone did ask me last night if there’s anything in DC that surprises me anymore.
— Heidi Przybyla (@HeidiNBC) November 13, 2019
Conservative commentator Andrew Wilkow suggested Myles’ appearance evidenced how impeachment inquiry had devolved into a “circus.”
Senior Democratic and Republican lawmakers presented dueling narratives on Wednesday as a congressional impeachment inquiry that threatens Trump’s presidency entered a crucial new phase with the first televised public hearing.
The drama unfolded in a hearing of the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee in which two career U.S. diplomats – William Taylor and George Kent – voiced alarm over the Republican president and those around him pressuring Ukraine to conduct investigations that would benefit Trump politically.
The public hearings are scheduled for Wednesday and Friday.
With a potential television audience of tens of millions looking on, Schiff opened the historic session – the first impeachment drama in two decades – in an ornate hearing room packed with journalists, lawmakers and members of the public.
Schiff’s accusations that Trump abused his power was met by a staunch denial by the panel’s senior Republican, Devin Nunes, of the Republican president’s complicity in a saga that revolves around whether Trump and his aides improperly pressured Ukraine to dig up dirt on a political rival for his political benefit.
(Reuters contributed to this report.)