Last week, House Intel chair Adam Schiff claimed to not know the whistleblower. This claim was met with considerable skepticism.
Democrat Chairman Adam Schiff: "I do not know the identity of the whistleblower"
Schiff has repeatedly falsely claimed that his team has not spoken to the whistleblower
The Washington Post debunked Schiff's false claim, giving him "4 Pinocchios" for his lie pic.twitter.com/QWmxblWSxd
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After Alexander Vindman admitted he spoke to someone in the intelligence community about President Trump’s phone call with Ukraine, Adam Schiff shuts down Nunes’ line of questioining and told Vindman to not answer out of fear he’d out the whistleblower.
If I could interject here. We don’t want to use the proceedings….But we need to protect the whistle-blower. Please stop. I want to make sure that there is no effort to out the whistle-blower through these proceedings. If the witness has a good faith belief that this may reveal the identity of the whistle-blower, that is not the purpose that we’re here for. I want to advise the witness accordingly.
Per The Federalist Vindman testified under oath in a private deposition last month that he was unaware of who the whistleblower was. On Tuesday, Nunes pressed Vindman on how it is possible that he might out the whistleblower if he does not know the identity of the whistleblower.
Per Fox News, Donald Trump Jr. weighed in on Tuesday’s House impeachment inquiry hearings, blasting House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., and accusing him and one witness of knowing the Ukraine phone call whistleblower’s identity.
“[Schiff] told the American people, and so did [Lt. Col. Alexander] Vindman that they have no idea who the whistleblower is. That’s not what I saw today,” the president’s eldest son said on “Hannity” Tuesday. “It seems like they know damn well.”
Vindman, a National Security Council aide, testified Tuesday and caused a dustup by acknowledging communications with an unnamed intelligence official during an occasionally tense exchange with Republicans.
Schiff, D-Calif., interjected to express concern that Republicans were trying to out the whistleblower through the questioning. After consulting his attorney, Vindman said, “Per the advice of my counsel, I’ve been advised not to answer the specific questions about members of the intelligence community.”
Trump Jr. called Tuesday night for Republicans “to push for justice,” implied that Schiff and Vindman lied to Congress and noted he would like them to be treated in the same manner as he would.
“You know what? I’d like them to be treated like I would be if I lied to Congress or I lied to the American people because it’s time that the Republicans push for some justice the other way, Sean,” Trump said. “They’re getting away with it and they will keep doing that and steamrolling the Republicans until we push back accordingly.”
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