Well, Rand Paul failed in his bid to ask a question about the whistleblower, but fourteen fellow senators asked a subsequent question that got under Adam Schiff’s skin and got him to insult the Senate — again.
Here was Paul’s original question: “Are you aware that House intelligence committee staffer Shawn Misko had a close relationship with Eric Ciaramella while at the National Security Council together, and are you aware and how do you respond to reports that Ciaramella and Misko may have worked together to plot impeaching the President before there were formal house impeachment proceedings.”
Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin adapted the question and got the chief justice to ask it.
Referring to a Jan. 22 media report by Paul Sperry that claimed the whistleblower was overheard in 2017 talking with Sean Misko about how to “take out” President Trump, the senators asked how Misko wound up being hired by Schiff’s Committee the day after Trump’s July 25 phone call with Ukraine’s President. They also noted that Misko, the whistleblower and Alex Vindman has a close relationship. The whistleblower wasn’t named, but everyone knows it is Ciaramella.
When Schiff rose to answer, you could practically see the veins popping out of his forehead.
“I’m appalled at some of the smearing of the professional people that work for the Intelligence Committee. … I will not dignify those smears on my staff by giving them any credence whatsoever.”
In other words, a non-denial denial. Or as they said back in Nixon’s day, it’s a “limited modified hang out.”
But Schiff really let Ron Johnson’s question get under his skin. Instead of playing it cool, he insulted the senators, and by extension, the institution of the Senate.
“I want to be very clear about something. Members of this body used to care about the protection of whistleblower identities. They didn’t used to gratuitously attack members of committee staff, but now they do. Now they do. Now they’ll take an unsubstantiated press article and use it to smear my staff. I think that’s disgraceful.”
Yep. Maybe Shifty Schiff forgot that those senators are the jury who he is asking to remove the president from office!
As Trump attorney Jay Sekulow noted, the whistleblower is protected against retribution or retaliation, but is not guaranteed anonymity.
Also, “Mr. Schiff put the whistleblower issue front and center with his own words during the course of their investigation. He talked about the whistleblower testifying,” and thus raised the expectation that the president could confront his accuser. One more lie from Adam Schiff.
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