Shifty Schiff Scrambling to Prevent Truth From Coming Out
Shifty Adam Schiff is back at it with the impeachment inquiry, making it hard for the Republicans to find out the truth in between all of the lies that he’s been weaving. If he wants to make sure that people see the impeachment inquiry as open and honest, he’s not doing a very good job of it.
The House Intelligence Committee Chairman has prevented Lieut. Col. Alexander Vindman, and impeachment inquiry witness, from disclosing the intelligence official with whom he had discussed Pres. Donald Trump’s July call with the Ukrainian president.
While Schiff is citing the need to protect the identity of the whistleblower, Republicans want to know who the Lt. Col. spoke with regarding the phone call. How is it that Lieut. Col. Alexander Vindman even heard the phone call? How many people did he discuss the details of the conversation with? Republicans cannot seem to get a straight answer because Schiff is blocking everything.
Vindman was being questioned about who he discussed the call with outside of the White House by the House GOP lawyer. He named George canned, Deputy Secretary of State and referred to in intelligence community official. When pressed for a name or an agency, Schiff stepped in to prevent the line of questioning from going any further.
Schiff identified that the whistleblower needs to be protected and to “please stop.” He wants to make sure that there are no efforts made to out the whistleblower during the proceedings. As such, he said that he wants to advise the witness accordingly to make sure that the identity is not revealed.
Vindman has testified previously and reaffirmed on Tuesday, that he doesn’t know the identity of the whistleblower. However, his counsel has instructed him to not be specific on the individual from the intelligence community.
Representative Devin Nunes (R-Calif) was a ranking member of the Intelligence Committee that was troubled that the Lieut. Col. would not be able to identify the intelligence community official that he spoke with. However, the questioning continued without the naming of the official.
Representative Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) was not willing to drop the issue as easily. He explained that there were a number of individuals who fully disclosed to they spoke to regarding the July 25 call in their testimonies. Jordan also noted that Schiff permitted them to do so.
Schiff stands firm in the fact that he doesn’t know who the whistleblower is. Vindman also says that he doesn’t know who the whistleblower is. However, if Schiff is suddenly preventing Vindman from identifying one particular community official, with fear that it’s going to expose the whistleblower’s identity, Schiff clearly knows who the whistleblower is – which would be the intelligence community official that Vindman spoke with following the call.
Some speculation has been fueled by Washington Post to identify that Vindman has discussed the details of the call with a CIA analyst by the name of Eric Ciaramella. There is already a CIA analyst alleged to be the one to file the whistleblower complaint, kicking off the full impeachment inquiry. The Washington Post believes that these are one and the same.
Ciaramella worked on the National Security Council with former Pres. Barack Obama as the Ukraine director. He was also’s acting senior director under Pres. Trump for European and Russian affairs. Now, he works with the National Intelligence Council. Attorneys are not confirming or denying that the whistleblower is Ciaramella in order to maintain the identity of the whistleblower.
This is making it very difficult to figure out what is going on and who can be trusted. Schiff should not be interfering with basic questioning if he doesn’t know who the whistleblower is. The fact that he is stepping in and preventing the Lieut. Col. from speaking a specific name means that he is very well aware of who the whistleblower is – which begs the question of just how involved he was in helping the whistleblower come forward and even making sure that the whistleblower had pertinent information in order to make the claim so that the Democrats could launch the impeachment inquiry.
Republican representatives from the Intelligence Committee have every right to ask questions. The House Dems have established the entire impeachment inquiry based on the concept that there was a whistleblower who overheard a phone call between Trump and the Ukrainian president. If the House wants to impeach Donald Trump, they have to share some of the details. No one is going to depend solely on what Schiff says. Schiff has proven to be extremely unreliable, especially now that he is preventing witnesses from answering questions.