Actor Randy Quaid echoed the question on many people’s minds as he watched House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff essentially contradict himself.
Quaid, known for his iconic role as Cousin Eddie in “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation,” tweeted video from Wednesday’s public House impeachment inquiry, highlighting an exchange between Schiff and Rep. Jim Jordan on the identity of the whistleblower.
Schiff accused Jordan of making a “false statement” and denied knowing the identity of the whistleblower whose complaint filed about President Trump’s July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky sparked the impeachment inquiry.
Jordan, who was recently reassigned to the committee in anticipation of the public hearings beginning Wednesday, asked the California Democrat when the other 400-plus members of Congress would have the same opportunity he had to question the whistleblower directly.
“Do you anticipate when we might vote on the ability to have the whistleblower in front of us… [Out of] the 435 members of Congress, you are the only member who knows who that individual is,” the Ohio Republican asked the chairman.
“And your staff is the only staff of any member of Congress who’s had a chance to talk with that individual. We would like that opportunity,” Jordan added. “When might that happen in this proceeding today?”
“First, as the gentleman knows, that’s a false statement,” Schiff replied, despite reports that the whistleblower met with his staff in secret.
“I do not know the identity of the whistleblower and I’m determined to make sure that identity is protected,” he added, reportedly drawing laughs from GOP members in attendance.
Republican members of Congress in the audience laughed & sneered to each other when Schiff said this https://t.co/a0aRpspXtm
— Alayna Treene (@alaynatreene) November 13, 2019
“But as I said… you’ll have an opportunity after the witnesses testify to make a motion to subpoena any witness and compel a vote,” he told Jordan.
Schiff’s statement conflicted with earlier comments he had made and his admission that the whistleblower had reached out to his office before filing the complaint against Trump in August.
Adam Schiff just claimed he doesn’t know the whistleblower’s identity.
— House Republicans (@HouseGOP) November 13, 2019
Quaid, who has called Schiff a “Crazy-eyes traitor” in the past, questioned the Democrat’s apparent contradiction.
Shifty just contradicted himself when he said he doesn’t know the identity of the whistleblower, but he’s going to protect his identity. How does he know who to protect if he doesn’t know who he’s protecting? ????? pic.twitter.com/PV0GMO3eso
— Randy Quaid (@RandyRRQuaid) November 13, 2019
The 69-year-old Golden Globe-winner has been a vocal supporter of Trump, tweeting regularly in support of the president and condemning Democrats for “plotting” to undermine him.
“Clinton, Schiff, Pelosi plotting with lawyers to undermine the power of the president to negotiate on behalf of USA. They’re putting all Americans in danger. Arrest these traitors, lawyers & all, for America’s security. Let them spend Trump’s second term in jail,” he tweeted in September.
Quaid was also thinking about running against Schiff in his California district.
Actor Randy Quaid ponders running against Schiff for Congress, says it’s time to empty the ‘sh***er’ https://t.co/wXZ03BaX9O
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) September 27, 2019
“That swamp needs cleaning up big time,” he said.
Quaid was not alone with his hot take on Schiff’s whistleblower claim as many others on Twitter agreed.
Schiff says he doesn’t know the identity of the whistleblower, entire front row of republicans laugh.
— Alex Miller (@AlexMillerNews) November 13, 2019
It’s been 93 days since Adam Schiff learned the identity of the “whistleblower”
He colluded with him to write his complaint
Adam Schiff is lying…again.
How many lies will he get away with?
RT if Adam Schiff should be the one testifying under oath! pic.twitter.com/t5WKH3a2VB
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) November 13, 2019
In response to @Jim_Jordan, Adam Schiff claims he doesn’t know the identity of the whistleblower. If he doesn’t know their identity, how will he prevent them from being named?
— Rep. Paul Gosar, DDS (@RepGosar) November 13, 2019
Schiff says he doesn’t know the identity of the whistleblower, despite his staff being in contact with the whistleblower.
Ok, but if he doesn’t know the identity, how can he as the Intel Chairman stop the whistleblower being named?
And how is the name being redacted in docs?
— Raheem Kassam (@RaheemKassam) November 13, 2019
Adam Schiff claims not to know the identity of the Whistleblower.
Does anyone actually believe him?pic.twitter.com/pOZZj3imGu
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) November 13, 2019
— Rep. Jim Jordan (@Jim_Jordan) November 13, 2019