Schiff Spars With GOP Lawmakers Over Whistleblower’s Identity

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) got an earful from House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) Tuesday over outing the whistleblower.

The public impeachment drama took a turn as Nunes pressed Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman for information on the whistleblower.

The whistleblower filed the complaint on Aug. 12 — which became pubic on Sept. 26 — suggesting President Donald Trump asked the Ukrainian president to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden, during a July phone call, allegedly withholding aid unless he agreed to do so. This has led to the Democratic-led House’s impeachment probe.

Things got heated during Tuesday’s hearing when Schiff cut off Nunes and said, “We need to protect the whistleblower.”

“I want to make sure there’s no effort to out the whistleblower through these proceedings,” Schiff added. “If the witness has a good faith belief that this may reveal the identity of the whistleblower, that is not the purpose that we are here for, and I want to advise the witness accordingly.”

Nunes went on to clarify that Vindman didn’t know the identity of the whistleblower, in which Vindman responded, “I do not know who the whistleblower is.”

Schiff’s injection sparked a lot of criticism from Republican lawmakers and conservatives.

Watch the video below:

Schiff also claimed during the hearing that the whistleblower “has the statutory right to end anonymity.”

See his comments below:

After Schiff later repeated that the hearing wouldn’t be used to out the identity of the whistleblower, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) said, “I don’t see how this is outing the whistleblower.”

“The witness has testified that he does not know who the whistleblower is. You have said, even though no one believes you, you have said you don’t know who the whistleblower is. So how is this outing the whistleblower t find out who this individual is?”

See Jordan’s comments below:

During a hearing last week, Schiff declared that he doesn’t know who the whistleblower is, as IJR previously reported.

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