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Schiff warns of consequences if GOP talks about ‘whistleblower’ during impeachment hearings

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Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., chairman of the House Intelligence Committee and lead Democrat in the effort to take out President Trump, has ordered Republicans to not talk about the whistleblower who prompted the partisan impeachment inquisition.

With the Democratic Party taking their secret impeachment inquisition from behind closed doors in the basement of the U.S. Capitol and going before cameras this week, Schiff released a statement essentially threatening those who fail to comply with an ethics investigation.

Byron York, the chief political correspondent for the Washington Examiner and a Fox News contributor, shared the statement online.

“Whistleblower started Trump-Ukraine matter, framed issue in way House Dems have adopted for impeachment,” York tweeted. “Now Chairman Schiff orders GOP: Do not talk about whistleblower in impeachment hearings. If you do, you’ll hear from Ethics Committee.”

A timely directive in the face of a Fox News exclusive report of a complaint being filed with the Intelligence Community Inspector General alleging the Ukraine-Trump whistleblower may have violated federal law by indirectly soliciting over a quarter-million dollars from mostly anonymous sources via GoFundMe.

The complaint only adds to a list of concerns about the whistleblower, beginning with the fact that he contacted Schiff’s staff on the House Intel Committee before filing his complaint — a decision that could subject this individual to felony false statement charges for not disclosing that he had contacted Schiff.

The whistleblower also has ties to Biden, who is at the center of the controversy, and there are “swirling” rumors pushed by Paul Sperry, the former D.C. bureau chief for Investor’s Business Daily, that the man is one of former CIA director John Brennan’s “old CIA humps detailed over to — planted inside — the White House to spy on Trump.”

It’s clear that Schiff will maintain tight-fisted control over this week’s dog and pony show, doing all he can to prevent any focus on the legitimate concerns raised about a source that began a process to unseat a duly elected president.

He has already decided the whistleblower will not testify, going so far as to reject a request by House Republicans to let the person testify publicly in the impeachment inquiry.

There were some spirited online reactions to the story, suggesting that the American people are growing weary of the Democrats’ divisive efforts to take out Trump.

Here’s a sampling of responses from Twitter:

Tom Tillison


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