Schiff Rejects GOP Whistleblower Testimony Demand, Due To “The President’s Threats”

November 11, 2019   |   by James G. Dalton

In the least-surprising news item of the day, House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff has rejected GOP calls for the so-called whistleblower to testify in the sham impeachment hearings.

Schiff explains in a letter to Rep. Devin Nunes that the whistleblower’s testimony is “redundant and unnecessary,” claiming that the impeachment inquiry has gathered evidence that “not only confirms, but far exceeds” information in the original complaint.

Schiff also made it clear that the impeachment inquiry will not be used to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden, or allegations of Ukrainian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential elections.

Schiff’s stunningly hypocritical response to Nunes is below:

Dear Ranking Member Nunes:

The Committee is in receipt of your letter, dated today, proposing witnesses for the impeachment inquiry’s open hearings. The Committee is carefully evaluating the witness list you provided, along with the written justifications you included.

Consistent with H. Res. 660 and as noted in my November 6, 2019 letter, the Committee will give due consideration to witnesses within the scope of the impeachment inquiry.

In doing so, the Committee is mindful that this inquiry is a solemn undertaking, enshrined by the Founders in the Constitution, to determine whether the President of the United States warrants impeachment by the House of Representatives.

As we move to open hearings, it is important to underscore that the impeachment inquiry, and the Committee, will not serve as vehicles for any Member to carry out the same sham investigations into the Bidens or debunked conspiracies about 2016 U.S. election interference that President Trump pressed Ukraine to conduct for his personal political benefit.

The Committee also will not facilitate efforts by President Trump and his allies in Congress to threaten, intimidate, and retaliate against the whistleblower who courageously raised the initial alarm. It remains the duty of the Intelligence Committee to protect whistleblowers, and until recently, this was a bipartisan priority. The whistleblower has a right under laws championed by this Committee to remain anonymous and to be protected from harm.

The impeachment inquiry, moreover, has gathered an ever-growing body of evidence – from witnesses and documents, including the President’s own words in his July 25 call record – that not only confirms, but far exceeds, the initial information in the whistleblower’s complaint.

The whistleblower’s testimony is therefore redundant and unnecessary.

In light of the President’s threats, the individual’s appearance before us would only place their personal safety at grave risk.

As a reminder, Schiff initially said the whistleblower would testify to Congress but backed away after the contact between the person and his team was revealed.

Additionally, this latest decision comes after Nunes complained that Democrats had yet to treat President Trump with “fairness” in the impeachment process, directing witnesses not to answer questions from GOP committee members and withholding transcripts.

In addition to the whistleblower, Republicans also requested the following witnesses:

  • Hunter Biden: The son of former Vice President Joe Biden, and a former board member for Burisma Holdings, a Ukrainian gas company that has been plagued for years by corruption concerns. President Donald Trump asked Ukraine’s president in a July 25 phone call to consider investigating whether Joe Biden pressured the Ukrainian government in 2016 to shut down an investigation of Burisma.
  • Devon Archer: One of Hunter Biden’s business partners and a former Burisma board member.
  • Alexandra Chalupa: A former DNC consultant who met with Ukrainian embassy officials during the 2016 presidential campaign. Chalupa, who is Ukrainian-American, dug up dirt on Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.
  • David Hale: The undersecretary of state for political affairs. Hale testified in a closed-door deposition Wednesday.
  • Tim Morrison: The former senior director for European and Eurasian affairs on the National Security Council. Morrison is one of only two individuals, including National Security Council’s Ukraine director, Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, to have listened to the July 25 phone call between Trump and Zelensky. Morrison testified that he did not hear anything illegal on the call, while Zelensky, who will be called to testify by Democrats, said that he had serious concerns with what Trump said in the call.
  • Nellie Ohr: The wife of Justice Department official Bruce Ohr, and a former contractor for Fusion GPS. Ohr told Congress in an Oct. 19, 2018, interview that Serhiy Leshchenko, a former Ukrainian lawmaker and investigative journalist, was a source of information for Fusion GPS, which peddled the infamous Steele dossier. Leshchenko, who has acknowledged having contact with Chalupa, helped publish information in August 2016 that led to Manafort’s firing as Trump campaign chairman.
  • Kurt Volker: The former special envoy to Ukraine. Volker was a liaison between Rudy Giuliani and the Zelensky administration. He testified Oct. 3 that he did not witness a Trump quid pro quo to Ukraine.

What are the odds that any of these people will be allowed by Schiff?

via zerohedge

Recent Comments

  1. Bob Marcy

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    November 11, 2019 @ 3:16 pm

    Have the Senate call these witnesses. Attack attack attack….

    • Nick Kraft

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      November 11, 2019 @ 3:33 pm

      The Attorney General should appoint a Special Council to investigate Schiff and all otters suspected of using the House of Representative for their own misguided and illegal political agendas and Obstruction of Justice. This as a minimum should indict Pelosi and Schiff.

      • MarcellaMcGraw

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        November 11, 2019 @ 4:27 pm

        Schiff needs to be investigated for this impeachment has went on for over three years,all Democrats do in Washington is a scam.

      • JM

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        November 11, 2019 @ 6:26 pm

        No testimony, no impeachment!!!!!

    • ROTONDARON

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      November 11, 2019 @ 5:59 pm

      Impeach, this “worthless bag of SCHIFF!”…….What an Anti-American fool! Typical Libretard……We don’t need this type of enemy, in our midst! Pelosi, sanders, big nose warren, & the rest of the *Demoncrat fools…..’running”…..{ but not far enough!}…..Like lemmings, on thier last trip!…..{ hopefully}

  2. David Walfish

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    November 11, 2019 @ 3:17 pm

    This yoyo is full of Shiff. I dislike this men if he is a Man.

    • ROTONDARON

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      November 11, 2019 @ 6:00 pm

      This “man”…..{ Worthless bag of Schiff}……is, really “not” the true definition of a man…….{ SCUM SUCKING PIG}!…..LIBRETARD…..SWINE!

  3. Thomas Simmons

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    November 11, 2019 @ 3:27 pm

    Shift even calls this the same sham investigation.
    “As we move to open hearings, it is important to underscore that the impeachment inquiry, and the Committee, will not serve as vehicles for any Member to carry out the same sham investigations into the Bidens or debunked conspiracies about 2016 U.S. election interference that President Trump pressed Ukraine to conduct for his personal political benefit

    • Diana

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      November 11, 2019 @ 5:13 pm

      Why do they not just impeach Schiff. He’s a lier and a trouble maker with what power does he have the right to proceed with any of this. HE IS A NOBODY throw him the HELL out of Congress, evil doers have no authority in our world. EVIL, EVIL MAN. Drain the swamp. Someone has got to take authority over this man he has gone way too far and this is going on for way too long, why don’t they get to work for the American people instead of worrying about what Trump does it’s all lies anyway so why do we keep going around and around with this it needs to be stopped immediately, stop this man stop him now. These stupid ass Democrats are dividing our country and it’s time to be done with it, when jealousy over seas the good our President is doing it’s time to drain the swamp completely and get rid of the trash we have in Congress, the squad dumb ass woman They should be ashamed of themselves also they sound like a bunch of idiotic dumb women that puts women to shame they are just as disgusting as Adam Schiff get rid of them now please before they start a Civil War here in America. I see Democrats creating nothing but havoc, and the Republicans get down on their hands and knees and pray. Obama didn’t even have to go through a quarter of what President Trump is having to go through, look at the Muslims he brought into this country and what they’re doing to this country. Just look at the evil Omar and her marriage to her brother, how did this woman get away with taking her oath with the Koran which is against our constitution, how was this allowed to happen? our country is based on the word of our gracious God not on Allah he is a destruction, you may want to call them radical Muslims but the religion is what it is you don’t have to be radicalized, just like the ones that bomb 911 everybody could not believe these wonderful men would do something like this but they did nobody thought that they were radical it’s what their religion is all about period the end, It is what it is and people better wake up to the fact of what this religion brings to this country. Now they’re pushing it on us in our TV shows, but oh no if you bring up our gracious God that’s not allowed. What messed up EVIL EVIL Democrats.

  4. leroy hayter Sr.

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    November 11, 2019 @ 3:41 pm

    Your Comment* Schidt is so confident in his stupid-assed impeachment investigation that he will not allow republicans to ____ call witnesses or ask ___unauthorized questions !! What kind ofchicken-shidt investigation is THAT ???!!!!!!!!!!!! He is a RAT in a roomful of RATS screwing one man !!!!!!

    • Kerry Hansen

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      November 11, 2019 @ 10:37 pm

      Lets be clear here. Schiff said he had evidence that Russia and President Trump were working together on the 2016 election. He was talking out his rear to try to convince the gullible people to oppose President Trump. When 2 1/2 years passed and the meuler report showed nothing, he changed that narrative and now he says he has new direct evidence including whistle blower direct evidence. He is again trying to convince the gullible people. You know what he has is zilch because he won’t let republicans cross examine his witnesses or bring in their own. He wants to steer the BS. He has nothing. Here is what he is really doing. He throwing out this phoney crap to convince the weak minded to vote against our President Trump in 2020. Then when all this comes to fruition it will be a NOTHING BURGER. If you want to help the conservatives, here is what you do. MONEY controls EVERYTHING, especially the Left Wing Media. The more people watch them, they tell there advertisers, look how many people we have viewing our programs, you need to pay us xxx thousands of dollars $$$ per minute. So if you don’t watch them any more Conservatives, they either change or will be poor or out of business. It is all about economics. While I am talking about the media, I can’t believe all the stupid people who say President Trump shouldn’t TWEET. How else can he get his message out. The Left Media won’t publish his accomplishments and/or will distort/lie about them. I put my money where my mouth is. Since “Rather Gate” I have not watched ANY of the left wing news programs. My wife still wanted to watch cnn and msnbc (lower case for a reason) to just see what they were saying and it took a bit to convince her that she was making them more money by watching. Pass to all your friends. Look now how their viewership is falling. Don’t reward them!

      • vince

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        November 12, 2019 @ 12:14 am

        if you do watch the left wing news make a list of all the advertisers and boycott them, plus send the list around to as many as you can so that the companies advertising on the left wing media will loose advertising which takes money out of both. Remember we the people have the power so lets use it and show them who is really in charge here. Also the best way to hurt a company or change them is through their profits.

  5. Larry Robert Emery

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    November 11, 2019 @ 4:11 pm

    I have yet to see how Mr “Schiff for brains” is even allowed to be outside a jail cell.

  6. James Neumann

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    November 11, 2019 @ 4:12 pm

    Since Adam Schiff is a “Proven Liar,” I would like for my Republican Senate to start fighting back and Supeana him, along with Joe Biden and his little boy Hunter to testify before the Senate using the same ground rules that Shifty Schiff is using.. This House investigation is a farce and anyone who understands the Constitution knows that it is a conflict of interest for Adam Schiff to be leading this impeachment hearing because he happens to be a “Fact Witness” and he is not affording the Republican House members with equal rights of calling witnesses and the opportunity to cross examine other witnesses.

    • Lisab

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      November 11, 2019 @ 4:42 pm

      So explain how are they getting away with this. There has to be something that can be done to stop STOP him.

  7. Michael Dyckman

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    November 11, 2019 @ 4:18 pm

    My suggestion to President Trump… effective Wednesday turn off all electric facilities to the Capital building and remove all security to members of Congress until they agree to terminate this Schiff Sham committee and agree to open congress back up and running to do the people’s business. Furlough the CIA and any other government workers who are found guilty of attempting to undermine the duly elected President of the United States.

    • Lisab

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      November 11, 2019 @ 4:40 pm

      Yes Sir

  8. Jeffery Moyer

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    November 11, 2019 @ 4:33 pm

    There should be a Special Council appointed to investigate the 2016 real election interference. This is evident when Muller testified and stated “ Ive unfamiliar with Fusion GPS” that investigation was a partisan Sham and wasted 2 1/2 years and millions of tax payers $$.
    The deep state is being exposed and they are on the run, the truth needs to cone out and all those responsible for the lies and the damage it has done to our County need to be held accountable to the highest extent of the law.

    • Lisab

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      November 11, 2019 @ 4:39 pm

      Totally agree. Also should have to pay us back for all of our money they have wasted.

      • KATHYKOOL

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        November 12, 2019 @ 12:22 am

        WERE IS BARR AND DURMEN. THEY HAVE THE PROVE ABOUT HILLERY,COMEY BRENNAN, CLAPPER. STROKE LISA PAGE, OR BIDEN AND HIS SON. LETS GO BARR AND DURMEN LETS GET THESE CORRUPT COMMUNIST LIBERAL DEMOCRATS PARTY NOW. AND INVESTAGATE PELOSI, SHIFF, THE SQUAD AND SHUMMER.

  9. Lisab

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    November 11, 2019 @ 4:36 pm

    I agree with all of you. I also know one thing. They are doing this because they know that nobody in the Dem party will beat Trump in 2020. Let’s keep America great and vote out these Schiff POS’s all of them!!!
    TRUMP 2020 MAGA

  10. Donald Hailey

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    November 11, 2019 @ 4:54 pm

    In an issue of Time magazine last year it said only 32 percent of Democrats believe in the GOD of the Bible,that means we as true believers need to vote 68 percent of them out of our governments,local, state and federal get rid of lying Lucifer loving liberal Demon Rats!!!!!!

  11. Evette

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    November 11, 2019 @ 4:59 pm

    Shift-face is a biased nut job. Who can have him removed. Protect the whistleblower? Why? Tell the truth in person. The truth sets you free. Whistleblowers need protection after they speak. Look, There are plenty of whistleblowers telling about the crooked Judges operating rico ponzi scams out of Greed, Control, And deprivation in Supreme and Appelate courts in Divorce, family Court, &Criminal too all over the United States. Many many whistleblowers are being crushed by psyco Judges with zero accountability, remedy or restitution after these dictators, Who are really administrators with no Judicial authority in Admiralty Court, intentionally cause People lose kids in CPS kids4cash bonuses given out of our Social Security trust through the Americans Safe Family Act started by Bill Clinton, forced into fostercare through fake documents, and people, members of the AFCC, colluding in courts. Families lose all assets, Homes, inheritances from these biased oppressive Judges with no Accountability in Divorce courts. The hostage situation in Divorce court fir 10 years reflects the networth statement. Hiw mich money van be stolen???? The trickle down manipulation to use the tools of law to destroy people is happening at ground zero in our crooked Judicial court system of deception operating in Admiralty Courts having no constiution ,Bill of rights, or disability rights protections. Who is up- holding the constiution with fairnesshere on our unincorporated 50 states With impartiality? Who? Many whistleblowers who expose the truth about the diabolical Judges in Collusion with the BAR (British Accreditation Registry foreign membership) lose everything when we speak of Rico Ponzi bullying practices
    happening in our courts. Many live off the grid in Arizona as a result. People are being crushed by out of control Judges with no accountability for the harm they cause for lining their law firms buddies and friend lawyers pockets. Who they see everyday in court, and more. A diplomatic phone call, which is part of a President’s job, happened to expose extortion and more information. Frankly Biden needs to be removed from the Presidential election. He is corrupt. Period. His son is corrupt. Period. That money needs to be returned to the American people. and they need to serve time in prison for the abuse of the Vice President’s power. The crushing manipulative
    nature of the democratic party is all focused on this man being removed from office. There are streams of child trafficing and human trafficking platforms that have been destroyed under his leadership. The corruption factor has been spot on. Many CEO’s and CFO’s have left their jobs too. Why? Only the elite at high levels in entertainment and politics feast on children. Money laundering and other forms of drug traffick too have been challenged. There is an underbelly here to maintain our freedom by this President and remain the capitalistic country we once were with less government restrictions. BRAVO. We cannot be forced be forced into a global NWO by illuminati, or the deep state. The matrix of oeople in offices abusing our tax paying dollars has gone on for too long. Innocent until proven guilty with authentic evidence or with a Jury. Shifty shift is only hell bent on Not guilty guilty guilty, orchesteated by him, dictator in what Shifty shift says goes, (He is already a biased communicator). There needs to be an impartial neutral leader here. Frankly he needs to be investigated. He is too possessed to take down President Trump. What pictures are on his lap tip who has he e mailed too. Dies he have a strategy, obviously. Or is he neutral? No way is he neutral. There needs to be a neutral foundation. This impeachment is a shift show.

  12. Christine

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    November 11, 2019 @ 5:16 pm

    Schiff has to realize Perjury is 7 years for 1 lie. This whistleblower has about 25 lies so far. 175 yrs. in prison is a l o n g time…..

  13. larry granville

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    November 11, 2019 @ 5:22 pm

    tel me how they can do this is there no one can stop them ?????? thay have no right to do this is there no one with balls there ??????????????????

  14. Tom Brewer

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    November 11, 2019 @ 5:22 pm

    There’s a reason for Demonic-rats, it’s GOD’s way of keeping Heaven from becoming overcrowded.

  15. margaret

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    November 11, 2019 @ 8:03 pm

    is it true that pelosi took 2.4!million from social security fund to pay for this immpeachment?
    it was on facebook!

  16. Tim Wilson

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    November 11, 2019 @ 8:46 pm

    Why dose Adam Schiff seam to have more power than the President of the United States and the Attorney General Barr and the Supreme Court Justices so tell me Adam Schiff is the obstructor of total laws and constitution of the U.S. This guy is as corrupt as they come and it seams to me he thinks he’s God now. This profound liar is in charge of this impeachment and tells everyone what they can’t do or what they can do something wrong with this picture for sure and this has to stop. He needs to be taken to the end of his journey that’s jail for treason and obstruction and lying while under oath.

  17. Rosemary

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    November 11, 2019 @ 9:30 pm

    I agree with you Tim. I don’t understand this at all. I thought the President holds the most power. How is “Woody” getting away with this? He’s a liar and so smug about it. They should all be thrown under the jail.

  18. Howard T. Lewis III

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    November 11, 2019 @ 10:04 pm

    I heard a claim that a video taken during Schifty Adam’s birth at the hospital was found. After the delivery, the doctor was noted leaving the room with a frown on his face. “Somehow, I just don’t trust that baby…”, he was heard to say.

  19. Kerry Hansen

    Reply
    November 11, 2019 @ 10:52 pm

    Lets be clear here. Schiff said he had evidence that Russia and President Trump were working together on the 2016 election. He was talking out his rear to try to convince the gullible people to oppose President Trump. When 2 1/2 years passed and the meuler report showed nothing, he changed that narrative and now he says he has new direct evidence including whistle blower direct evidence. He is again trying to convince the gullible people. You know what he has is zilch because he won’t let republicans cross examine his witnesses or bring in their own. He wants to steer the BS. He has nothing. Here is what he is really doing. He throwing out this phoney crap to convince the weak minded to vote against our President Trump in 2020. Then when all this comes to fruition it will be a NOTHING BURGER. If you want to help the conservatives, here is what you do. MONEY controls EVERYTHING, especially the Left Wing Media. The more people watch them, they tell there advertisers, look how many people we have viewing our programs, you need to pay us xxx thousands of dollars $$$ per minute. So if you don’t watch them any more Conservatives, they either change or will be poor or out of business. It is all about economics. While I am talking about the media, I can’t believe all the stupid people who say President Trump shouldn’t TWEET. How else can he get his message out. The Left Media won’t publish his accomplishments and/or will distort/lie about them. I put my money where my mouth is. Since “Rather Gate” I have not watched ANY of the left wing news programs. My wife still wanted to watch cnn and msnbc (lower case for a reason) to just see what they were saying and it took a bit to convince her that she was making them more money by watching. Pass to all your friends. Look now how their viewership is falling. Don’t reward them!

  20. vince

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    November 12, 2019 @ 12:41 am

    The best way to take out Adam Schiff and Pelosi is to have someone that can beat them in an election and make sure that that person can have as much money and a great campaign manager to get a republican to take their place and them file charges for all the wrong doing they both have done. So if you know anyone in the area that they represent get them off their butts and work on getting those two idiots out of office. Plus the best way to get rid of the swamp is to get congress to have term limits of no more the 12 years in the house and/or senate and I know how to get that bill pass.

  21. Frances Carlson

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    November 12, 2019 @ 12:55 am

    If Schiff can’t handle the heat, he should get out of the kitchen.

  22. KIROJ

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    November 12, 2019 @ 2:40 am

    The DEMOC-RATS bedder be checking the history books //////// Check what happen in 1960s. in INDONESIA to communist !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  23. Nate-ncp

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    November 14, 2019 @ 2:15 pm

    If shifty Adam Schiff were to allow his prize witness to testify and be cross examined? The gig would be up and over, leaving America and those abroad laughing in tears. However, I doubt SNL would use the material nor would MSM cover the self destruction!

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