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‘He can’t help himself’: House Republicans slam Schiff for repeatedly misleading the public during trial

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Rep. Adam Schiff once again claimed he does not know the identity of the whistleblower who sparked the impeachment process against President Donald Trump.

The lead House impeachment manager in the Senate trial made the claim before lawmakers on Wednesday, prompting a rebuke from House Republicans and others for intentionally misleading the public.


(Source: MSNBC)

In a question-and-answer portion of the Senate impeachment trial on Wednesday, Schiff asserted that he didn’t know who the whistleblower is and that this person was not coached in any way by a member of the House Intelligence Committee.

“Let me be clear about several things about the whistleblower. First of all, I don’t know who the whistleblower is,” the California Democrat began in response to a question from Sens. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., and Jerry Moran, R-Kan., about the political bias of the whistleblower as well as any relationship with former Vice President Joe Biden.

“I haven’t met them or communicated with them in any way. The committee staff did not write the complaint or coach the whistleblower what to put in the complaint. The committee staff did not see the complaint before it was submitted to the inspector general,” he claimed.

“The committee, including its staff, did not receive the complaint until the night before,” Schiff continued. “We had an open hearing with the active [intelligence] director on September 26, more than three weeks after the legal deadline by which the committee should have received the complaint.”

Schiff also referred to the allegations of his involvement behind the scenes as a “conspiracy theory.”

“In short, the conspiracy theory, which I think was outlined earlier that the whistleblower colluded with the Intel Committee staff to hatch an impeachment inquiry is a complete and total fiction,” he said.

House Republicans called Schiff out and shared a video compilation of the Democrat’s record of dishonesty.

White House deputy counsel Patrick Philbin noted that interactions between the Schiff’s team and the whistleblower are still “shrouded in secrecy.”

“It is something, to an unknown extent, may have been addressed in the testimony of the inspector general of the intelligence community before Chairman Schiff’s committees, but that testimony, contacts with the whistleblower, contacts with Manager Schiff’s staff and the whistleblower, are shrouded in secrecy to this day,” Philbin responded to a question.

“We don’t know what the testimony of the IC IG was. It remains secret. It has not been forwarded,” he said. “We don’t know what Manager Schiff’s staff contact with the whistleblower have been and what connections there are there. It’s something that would seem to be relevant since the whistleblower started this entire inquiry.”

“It’s obviously something that, to get to the bottom of motivations, bias, how this inquiry was created, could potentially be relevant,” Philbin added.

New York Republican Rep. Lee Zeldin and Rep. Mark Meadows of North Carolina also called Schiff out for “twisting the truth” and providing another “parody” account of events, once again misquoting the Ukraine call transcript, saying, “Do me a favor.”

While Schiff continued to declare that the whistleblower was found “credible” by the intelligence community’s inspector general, he has refused to release his committee’s transcript of its IG interview.

Republican lawmakers and others slammed Schiff over his lack of credibility.

How is it that EVERY SINGLE reporter and political operative in Washington, DC knows who the “whistleblower” is, yet Adam Schiff claims he doesn’t?

Frieda Powers

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