(TNS) Apparently tired of allowing Democrats to wag the tail regarding their ongoing attempt to depose President Donald Trump and overturn the results of the 2016 election, some House Republicans went on the offense Friday.
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In a letter signed by House Intelligence Committee ranking member Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), Republicans are demanding that the panel’s chairman, Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), testify in private before the committee as a “fact witness.”
Specifically, Republicans want to know if Schiff and his staff had any contact with the so-called “Ukraine whistleblower” — the ‘he who shall not be named’ Democrat operative/staffer who worked for Biden when he was VP and who was dismissed from the Trump White House in 2017 because he was a leaker, Fox News reported Friday.
“On November 6th, you announced the beginning of public hearings associated with the Democratic Party’s partisan impeachment inquiry into President Donald J. Trump,” Nunes wrote.
“Based on the precedent and lack of jurisdiction, the House Intelligence Committee should not take the lead in conducting such hearings; however, by now the American people know your desire to see the duly-elected president removed from office outweighs your sense of responsibility to running a functioning intelligence oversight committee,” he added.
“Prior to the start of your public show trial next week, at least one additional closed-door deposition must take place,” he continued. “Specifically, I request that you sit for a closed-door deposition before the House Intelligence, Foreign Affairs and Oversight Committees.”
Nunes noted further that in August 2019, Schiff and his staff “met with or talked to the whistleblower who raised an issue with President Trump’s phone call with Ukrainian President [Volodymyr] Zelensky.”
“Although you publicly claim nothing inappropriate was discussed, the three committees deserve to hear directly from you the substance and circumstances surrounding any discussions conducted with the whistleblower, and any instructions you issued regarding those discussions,” Nunes wrote.
“Given that you have reneged on your public commitment to let the committees interview the whistleblower directly, you are the only individual who can provide clarity as to these conversations.”
He added: “As you know, the House Intelligence Committee has precedent for such an arrangement. During the Committee’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, sitting Members of Congress agreed to participate in closed-door depositions. Given your championing of such an arrangement two years ago, you should have no problem with you appearing before the three committees to discuss your interactions with the whistleblower.”
During a panel discussion Friday, Fox News host/contributor Tammy Bruce noted that it’s been three years since the the “Spygate” operation to depose President Trump began, and we’re still waiting on indictments.
There are investigations, of course, and now we know that the probe into the origins of Spygate has become a criminal investigation.
As for Schiff, it’s safe to bet that he’ll never sit before his own committee — or any House committee — as a fact witness as long as Democrats retain control of the chamber. But by demanding he testify, Nunes is forcing Schiff to decline, which makes it seem like he’s hiding something.
It’s nice to see a Republican take the ball and run with it for a change instead of constantly playing defense.
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