Trump impeachment hearing: Pro-Trump Infowars host who called for Obama to be lynched thrown out of inquiry

A host on the far-right US conspiracy and disinformation website InfoWars has been removed from the latest impeachment hearing by police, after interrupting House Judiciary Committee chairman Jerry Nadler with pro-Donald Trump messages.

The interruption came from a host on the fringe conservative website who led a racist call earlier this year for the lynching of Barack Obama, America’s first African American president.

The host was seen being led out by Capitol Police after the interruption on Monday, shortly after the start of the hearings in which politicians are to question the counsels hired by the House Intelligence Committee to spearhead questioning during earlier impeachment hearings.

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“Americans are sick of your impeachment scam! Trump is innocent!” said the protester, Owen Shroyer.

Mr Shroyer had attracted attention to himself earlier this year with a racist call to lynch Mr Obama, whom he called “treasonous” during an interview with the far-right website Breitbart. He cited a conspiracy theory that has been pushed with no evidence by far-right actors as proof of the former president’s alleged misdeeds.

“Folks, Obama was emailing Hillary Clinton on her illegal server under a secret name, that came out in emails. And he claimed he didn’t know she had it. Barack Obama is a treasonous … he belongs in jail. He belongs in Guantanamo Bay. I mean look, I’m not saying this should happen but Barack Obama, you know, find the tallest tree and a rope.”

Mr Shroyer’s disruption was live streamed by the conspiracy theorist on Twitter, and posted onto his own handle.

Previously, he has pushed conspiracy theories like Pizzagate, a debunked theory that went viral during the 2016 election season claiming that falsely claimed that top Democratic officials were running a child sex ring in the basement of Comet Ping Pong, a pizza parlour in Washington.

The building does not have a basement, but the conspiracy theory resulted in one individual driving to the restaurant with a gun, planning to liberate the victims that did not exist.

But, Mr Shroyer has also peddled further conspiracy theories, some of them even more bizarre than a concentrated effort by America’s top Democrats to hide a child sex trafficking ring in a pizza shop.

Among those other conspiracy theories include the 2012 claim that a hurricane headed towards Hawaii had been split in two by an energy beam from Antarctica, which he suggested may have been ordered by then-secretary of State John Kerry.

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