(Tea Party PAC) – Epic.
On Friday, Rep. Devin Nunes (D-CA) formally called on House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff to testify about his or his aides’ contact with the anti-Trump “whistleblower” as part of what Nunes is calling an impeachment “show trial” against President Donald Trump.
It’s about time someone did this.
“Prior to the start of your public show trial next week, at least one additional closed-door deposition must take place,” Nunes wrote to Schiff on Friday.
“Specifically, I request that you sit for a closed-door deposition before the House Intelligence, Foreign Affairs, and Oversight Committees,” he continued, naming the three House committees that are involved in the impeachment inquiry.
Nunes also noted that Schiff supported calling two members of Congress to testify as part of the previous House Intel Committee’s Russia investigation, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz and then-Rep. Dana Rohrabacher.
Republicans want Schiff to testify on what he knew about the “whistleblower’s” complaint before the individual went to the Intelligence Community inspector general.
The complaint, which has kicked off the sham impeachment inquiry, was filed on August 12th with the IC, was filed by an officially unidentified CIA analyst who had heard second-hand information about the July 25 phone call between Trump and Zelensky.
In September, Schiff was adamant that the complaint should be out in the open, declaring in multiple media appearances that he didn’t know what it said or who the whistleblower said.
However, as the New York Times reported in early October, the “whistleblower” contacted a Schiff aide before filing the complaint.
The aide reportedly told Schiff that some of the details of the allegations made by this Deep State mole and referred him to the IG.
Schiff denies having had direct contact with the whistleblower and maintains that nothing improper occurred, saying only that he should have been more clear about having “not” had contact with the whistleblower beforehand.
Nunes and his fellow House Republicans have been rightly dissatisfied with Schiff’s answer, and continue to insist he ought to testify.
“Although you publicly claim nothing inappropriate was discussed, the three committees deserve to hear directly from you the substance and circumstances surrounding any discussions conducted with the whistleblower, and any instructions you issued regarding those discussions,” Nunes wrote. “Given that you have reneged on your public commitment to let the committees interview the whistleblower directly, you are the only individual who can provide clarity as to these conversations.”
Schiff has backed off calls for the whistleblower to testify about his complaint after it was revealed that his office had had prior contact with the individual.
Schiff and other Democrats now say that the identity of the whistleblower is irrelevant as many of the allegations made in the complaint have been corroborated elsewhere by other witnesses who have testified before Congress.
Three witnesses are scheduled to testify during the first public hearings next week.