Adam Schiff seems to be getting nervous now that the impeachment proceedings are starting. He’s shown on multiple occasions that he’s afraid of what the GOP will say, do, or demand. If he is doing something shady behind the scenes, he’s acting like it.
House Republicans have been pushing for the anonymous whistleblower to testify publicly. After all, if this person wants to say that they have insider information that could lead to President Trump being impeached, it should be public testimony.
Schiff doesn’t like the idea of public testimony, however. He’d rather have closed-door testimonies where he can control more of it. Now, he’s warned the GOP that outing the whistleblower could end up in an ethics violation.
The House Intelligence Chairman has been warning members of his committee about outing the whistleblower and the detrimental effects it can have on congregational ethics rules. However, the whistleblower is the one responsible for igniting the Democratic-led impeachment inquiry.
Schiff wrote a memorandum out to his colleagues on the Intelligence panel, reminding everyone that the committee has a “long, proud, and bipartisan history” of protecting various whistleblowers. This includes protecting them from efforts that involve retaliation, intimidation, and threats. He also shared details of the code of official conduct for members of Congress.
With all of these reminders, it sounds like Schiff is concerned whether his fellow committee members are going to do their job or not. The first public testimony within the impeachment probe is happening soon – and the memo came out just in time. Democratic House members are fearful that Republicans are going to expose the whistleblower. However, everyone is eager to know who the whistleblower is considering that he lodged a complaint regarding the call that Trump had in July with the Ukrainian president. However, it has already come out that the whistleblower was not on the call nor was he in earshot of the call, so everything that he has to say is hearsay. Who fed him the information?
A lawyer for House Republicans has named the whistleblower in a closed-door deposition and that name has been added to the requested witnesses for impeachment hearings. Schiff, however, has something else in mind. He responded to identify that the whistleblower will not be appearing because the potential testimony would be “redundant and unnecessary.”
While there is certainly the desire to protect the whistleblower, Adam Schiff has not made it easy for people to trust him. Many are concerned that there is no whistleblower – or that the whistleblower has been hand-fed information from Schiff in order to create the entire impeachment inquiry. As such, conservative allies and the president himself have called for the identity of the whistleblower to be identified.
Additionally, lawyers have identified that there are ways for the whistleblower to conduct testimony without revealing his or her identity. The whistleblower should have to testify along with Adam Schiff and everyone else, and Donald Trump has reminded people of this throughout his tweets.
The impeachment inquiry will start by listening to testimony from George Kent, a deputy assistant secretary with the State Department who has been involved in Ukraine. William Taylor, a top US envoy to Ukraine will also be on the list of testimonies to be heard on Wednesday.
Schiff obviously has some information that he is hiding, which is the biggest problem with all of this. The whistleblower is the one and only thing that the Democrats are holding onto in order to impeach trumpet – and yet they don’t want to identify who the whistleblower is. Lawyers are fighting on both sides to either reveal or maintain protection for the whistleblower based on whether they are a Republican or Democrat. Meanwhile, the impeachment inquiry goes on without potentially getting a public testimony from the whistleblower – and that is the biggest question of all.
With Schiff sending out memorandums to remind his committee that the identity of the whistleblower cannot be revealed, it certainly shows that he is looking to cover all of his tracks. He has been the one behind the impeachment inquiry from the very beginning, and many people are wondering whether the whistleblower truly has anything that can result in impeachment. Even so, the Democrats can move forward but it’s still can lead to the same ending: Trump remains in office because the Senate chooses not to carry out the impeachment, allowing him to stay in office. Then, everyone realizes that Schiff was as dirty as they come, resulting in Trump winning his reelection.