Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, accused Adam Schiff, of not caring about the truth, and said Schiff’s impeachment efforts are “dead on arrival” to the Senate unless he calls the anonymous whistleblower to come forward and testify about their complaint against President Trump.
“I consider any impeachment in the House that doesn’t allow us to know who the whistleblower is to be invalid because without the whistleblower complaint we wouldn’t be talking about any of this,” Graham said on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures,” stating that the process would be unfair if the person who brought the complaint in the first place does not have to face questioning.
Shifty Schiff. chairman of the House Intelligence Committee who has famously run quite the one side inquiry thus far, stated that next week will hold the first public impeachment inquiry hearings, and has denied Republicans’ request to call the whistleblower that helped kick off the inquiry, saying his or her testimony was “redundant and unnecessary.”
“The committee … will not facilitate efforts by President Trump and his allies in Congress to threaten, intimidate and retaliate against the whistleblower who courageously raised the initial alarm,” Schiff said in a letter to Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Devin Nunes. “… The whistleblower has a right under laws championed by this committee to remain anonymous and to be protected from harm.”
The intelligence community whistleblower — whose name has been circulating for weeks in Washington — filed an anonymous complaint about a July 25 phone call between Trump and Ukraine president Volodymyr Zelensky. The whistleblower claimed Trump demanded a quid pro quo: either investigate the business dealings in Ukraine of Joe Biden’s son, Hunter, or give up nearly $400 million in U.S. aid.
His or her testimony would likely be crucial in any hearing, but Schiff said in his letter that there is no need to call the whistleblower, raising further speculation as to why Schiff would not allow the already shaky whistleblower to testify.
“It’s impossible to bring this case forward, in my view, fairly without us knowing who the whistleblower is and having a chance to cross-examine them about any biases they may have,” Graham continued. “So if they don’t call the whistleblower in the House, this thing is dead on arrival in the Senate.”
Democrats claim that at this point, the whistleblower is not needed, making it obvious that they’re hiding something – and it’s not just the whistleblowers identity.
“The impeachment inquiry, moreover, has gathered an ever-growing body of evidence — from witnesses and documents, including the president’s own words in his July 25 call record — that not only confirms but far exceeds the initial information in the whistleblower’s complaint…” Schiff wrote in the letter.
“In light of the president’s threats, the individual’s appearance before us would only place their personal safety at grave risk.”
Rep ranking Republican Devin Nunes said Schiff is wrong.
“Because President Trump should be afforded an opportunity to confront his accusers, the anonymous whistleblower should testify,” Nunes wrote in his letter to Schiff earlier Saturday.
“Moreover, given the multiple discrepancies between the whistleblower’s complaint and the closed-door testimony of the witnesses, it is imperative that the American people hear definitively how the whistleblower developed his or her information, and who else the whistleblower may have fed the information he or she gathered and how that treatment of classified information may have led to the false narrative being perpetrated by the Democrats during this process.”
The committee chairman has long sought control of who Republicans will be allowed to call. Earlier this month, in an appearance on “CBS Evening News,” Norah O’Donnell asked Schiff, “Republicans say they’re concerned that the Democrats will block the witnesses that they want to hear from. Can you assure them that you won’t reject those witnesses?”
“Well, we’ve asked them for proffer of which witnesses they think are relevant, and I have to say, we have concerns that they’re going to propose a bunch of witnesses that have no bearing, that they can use merely to smear the president’s opponents or for other improper purposes,” Schiff said.
Schiff is doing his best to ensure this inquiry remains an unfair, one- sided affair, skewed in favor of the Democrats.