House Intel Chair Adam Schiff Claims During First Day Of Impeachment Hearings That He Doesn’t Know Who The Whistleblower Is

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House Intel Chair Adam Schiff (D-CA) better check to see if his pants are on fire. If I were him I would genuinely fear lightning striking. Man, the arrogance of this guy is off the charts. During the first public impeachment hearing today, Schiff said with a straight face that he does not know the identity of the whistleblower who started the impeachment inquiry into President Trump. What a liar.

At the very beginning of the hearing, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) queried Schiff on when the committee would be able to vote on having the whistleblower testify.

“You are the only member who knows who that individual is, and your staff is the only staff of any member of Congress who has had a chance to talk with that individual,” Jordan said. “We would like that opportunity. When might that happen in this proceeding today?”

“First, as the gentleman knows, that’s a false statement. I do not know the identity of the whistleblower and I’m determined to make sure the identity is protected,” Schiff said in response. “But as I said to Mr. Conway, you’ll have an opportunity after the witnesses have testified to make a motion to subpoena any witness and compel a vote.”

No wonder Jordan was smiling like the cat that ate the proverbial canary. Everyone inside and now outside the Beltway knows who the whistleblower is. In fact, it has been proven even by mainstream media outlets that Schiff and his minions met with the whistleblower before any of this came out. And how could Schiff ensure the identity of the whistleblower didn’t come out if he doesn’t know who they are? See what I’m getting at here?

From TheBlaze:

“According to TheBlaze’s story last month, Schiff claimed neither he nor his committee had contact with the whistleblower and that he might never have found out about the whistleblower complaint if the Intelligence Committee inspector general had not brought it to the committee.

“These two statements were blatantly false.

“I should have been much more clear,” Schiff conceded in an interview with “Face the Nation.” “I said so the minute it was brought to my attention that I was referring to the fact that, when the whistleblower filed the complaint, we had not heard from the whistleblower. We wanted to bring the whistleblower in at that time, but I should have been much more clear.”

“In reality, the whistleblower spoke with Intelligence Committee staff before filing the complaint, seeking advice on how to proceed, and Schiff was made aware of the nature of the complaint before it was filed, TheBlaze report stated.

“Essentially Schiff is now saying it wasn’t that the committee hadn’t heard from the whistleblower, it’s just that the committee hadn’t literally brought the whistleblower in for a face-to-face.

It gets worse

“Reports broke last week that the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, chaired by Schiff, published the unredacted name of the man alleged to be the whistleblower.

“During the committee’s testimony, William Taylor, the acting U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, was asked by a staff lawyer on the committee if he was familiar with the name, “Eric Ciaramella.” A transcript of the exchange was then published and released by the committee.

“On Oct. 30, RealClearInvestigations published a lengthy article asserting that Ciaramella was, in fact, the whistleblower who filed the complaint against President Trump that kickstarted the impeachment inquiry.

“Schiff’s critics are accusing him of attempting to cover-up again in order to avoid having the whistleblower testify before Congress.

Now Schiff has banned the unmasking of the whistleblower

“Schiff is not only denying that he knows the identity of the whistleblower, but also that he is “determined to make sure the identity [of the whistleblower] is protected.”

“In a memo circulated to committee members Tuesday, Schiff warned members that the committee will not tolerate the unmasking of the whistleblower, saying to do so would violate ethics rules.

“In a section titled, “Whistleblower Protection and Confidentiality,” Schiff hearkened to the committee’s “long, proud, and bipartisan history of protecting whistleblowers — including from efforts to threaten, intimidate, retaliate against, or undermine [their] confidentiality.”

“The Code of Official Conduct for Members of Congress requires that every Member ‘shall behave at all times in a manner that shall reflect creditably on the House,'” he added. “The Committee on Ethics has historically viewed this provision as ‘encompassing violations of law and abuses of one’s official position.'”

“But this begs the question: If Schiff doesn’t know who the whistleblower is, how will he enforce his hearing rule that the whistleblower not be named?”

When Schiff said he didn’t know who the whistleblower was, all of the Republicans busted up laughing and sneered at him. Isn’t lying in a Congressional hearing like this against the law? Schiff said twice during the hearing today that he did not know the identity of the whistleblower… isn’t that tantamount to a false statement in a court of law? At the very least it should disqualify Schiff from heading these hearings. Food for thought.

No one believes Shifty Schiff here. His claim is patently absurd.

From RedState:

“What utter bunk.

“Let’s look at the contacts they had prior to this becoming public.

“Schiff’s aide actually met with the whistleblower and was the one who recommended that he file his complaint with the ICIG.

“The whistleblower then wrote a letter to Schiff on August 12 with an attachment. His complaint was filed August 12, so the attachment was likely the complaint which also had the whistleblower’s signature to attest the truth of his assertions on it.

“Schiff then led the public to believe he had no prior contacts with the whistleblower as he tried to push the narrative that the Trump administration was trying to withhold the complaint from the Congress when indeed it was his staff that knew about it before anyone else and indeed prompted it to be filed.

“Here’s what he said in a September 17 interview with MSNBC.

Schiff: We have not spoken directly with the whistleblower. We would like to, but I’m sure the whistleblower has concerns that he has not been advised, as the law requires, by the inspector general or the director of national intelligence, just as to how he is to communicate with Congress. And so the risk for the whistleblower is retaliation. Will the whistleblower be protected under the statute if the offices that are supposed to come to his assistance and provide the mechanism are unwilling to do so? But yes, we would love to talk directly with the whistleblower.

“He was given four Pinocchios by the Washington Post for that lie and the White House wasn’t shy about noting that.

“This is flat-out false,” The Post wrote. “Schiff simply says the committee had not spoken to the whistleblower. Now we know that’s not true.”

More:

“Then when he tried to clear up the lies about the prior contacts, he appears to have lied again.

“From NY Post:

“I should have been much more clear and I said so the minute it was brought to my attention,” Schiff told CBS’s “Face the Nation.”

“I was referring to the fact that when the whistleblower filed the complaint, we had not heard from the whistleblower. We wanted to bring the whistleblower in at that time. But I should’ve been much more clear about that.”

“This is an obvious falsehood, as it was his aide who recommended that the whistleblower file the complaint, so obviously, they had already “heard from the whistleblower.”’

Schiff has lied, lied, and lied some more. He also falsely stated that Russia “hacked” the 2016 presidential election. Is no one going to do something about it?

The whistleblower’s identity should be made public and the president has a constitutional right to face his accuser. It’s called due process.

Today was a huge win for Republicans and President Trump in my book. In fact, the Democrats are ensuring a second Trump term with this nonsense. Keep it up, guys — you are doing America a favor.

Sources: TheBlaze, Breitbart, RedState, The Daily Wire, Fox News, The Daily Mail, The Epoch Times, Twitchy, The RightScoop

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