One committee member said, "It was the closest thing I've seen around here to mass civil unrest as a member of Congress. " The conservatives barged into the hearing room with prohibited electronics devices. House Homeland Security Committee chairman Bennie Thompson of Mississippi wrote to the House sergeant-at-arms about Gaetz and others, requesting that he take action regarding their "unprecedented breach of security". South Carolina's senior U. S. senator, Republican Lindsey Graham, admonished his House colleagues for their tactic, calling them "nuts" for having made a "run on the SCIF. " Republican Representative Jim Jordan of Ohio said, "The members have just had it, and they want to be able to see and represent their constituents and find out what's going on. " A day later, Jordan appeared on Fox News to justify the intrusion, saying in reference to the chair of the committee: "Adam Schiff is doing this unfair, partisan process in secret and our members finally said, 'Enough'. " "We're so frustrated. They reached a boiling point and these guys marched in and said we want to know what's going on. " In the 116th Congress, the chair, Schiff, and 12 Democratic members of the House Intelligence Committee were appointed by the speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, who is a committee member ex officio.  The House minority leader, Kevin McCarthy, also an ex officio member, appointed the ranking member, Devin Nunes, and eight other Republicans to the committee.  Each side gets equal time to question witnesses appearing before the committee.  The disruption delayed Deputy Assistant Defense Secretary Laura Cooper's testimony by many hours.