Lindsey Graham: If ‘whistleblower’ doesn’t testify, impeachment is ‘dead on arrival in Senate’

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Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., may not be much when it comes to holding Senate hearings to uncover the scurrilous actions of Democrats looking to take out President Trump, but the lawmaker is still good for a scathing soundbite.

In an interview on Sunday Morning Futures with Maria Bartiromo, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee spoke about the “deep state” connections of the Ukraine whistleblower, who is reportedly a CIA official.

“When you find out who is the whistleblower is you will find out it’s somebody from the deep state and had interactions with the [Rep.] Schiff,” Graham said. “And this thing’s going to stink to high Heaven.”

Source: Fox News

Schiff, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, is leading the Democratic Party’s impeachment inquisition, which has been carried out in secret up to this point in the basement of the U.S. Capitol and will go public this week.

The impeachment inquiry centers on the president’s call to Ukraine’s president, and the whistleblower who raised concerns about the call had contacted Schiff’s staff on the committee before filing the complaint — which could subject this individual to felony false statement charges for not disclosing that he had contacted Schiff.

The whistleblower also reportedly  has ties to 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, who is at the center of the controversy.

Even more troubling are swirling rumors that he was aligned with former CIA director John Brennan.

Paul Sperry, the former D.C. bureau chief for Investor’s Business Daily, tweeted that “the anti-Trump whistleblower was one of Brennan’s old CIA humps detailed over to — planted inside — the White House to spy on Trump.”

Graham was responding to Bartiromo saying that “for a long time Adam Schiff said he we wanted to speak to the whistleblower and then we found out that his staff actually did meet with the whistleblower, so now he doesn’t want to speak to the whistleblower in any of these hearings any longer.”

After his comment about the deep state, Graham said that the only reason we don’t know the identity of the whistleblower is because it hurts the Democrats’ cause.

“They are not trying to find the truth here,” he insisted. “This is not about Schiff finding the truth, this is about Schiff trying to destroy the Trump presidency.”

“If you think Schiff is looking for the truth, you shouldn’t be allowed to drive in America because that’s a ridiculous concept,” Graham added, after saying the extensive effort by former special counsel Robert Mueller came up empty.

Bartiromo noted that many of the same players in the failed Russian collusion hoax are involved in the Ukrainian controversy.

Graham said Republicans are trying to find the connection between the whistleblower complaint and what happened in the 2016 election, before detailing what Democrats don’t want the American public to know.

“Here is what they don’t want you to know,” he told Bartiromo. “They don’t want you to know that the whistleblower was on the Brennan team — if he was — they don’t want you to know if he’s tied to the people who falsely got out a warrant against Carter Page four times. They don’t want you to know that he’s tied to the group that set up [the] counterintelligence investigation of the Trump campaign in 2016.”

“It would blow them out of the water, if in fact the whistleblower was connected to a Democratic candidate and came from the CIA world that’s been trying to destroy the Trump presidency before he got elected,” Graham continued. “That’s why they don’t want you to know who the person is.”

As for his role as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Graham said without the whistleblower being identified, the impeachment effort is “dead on arrival in the Senate” — if, or more likely when the House Democrats vote to impeach Trump, a trial will be held in the upper chamber to determine if he’s removed.

Source: Fox News

“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.

His point being that it would be unfair if the person who brought the complaint avoids questioning.

“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,” he added. “So if they do not call the whistleblower in the House, this thing is dead on arrival in the Senate.”


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