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Adam Schiff whistleblower contacts draw GOP ire in impeachment hearings


Added 11-13-19 09:22:07pm EST - “Rep. Adam B. Schiff, the Democrats' point-man on impeachment, found himself playing defense Wednesday over his interactions with the whistleblower who triggered what's become a major constitutional clash.” - Washingtontimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtontimes.com: “‘Regime of secrecy’: Adam Schiff takes heat over whistleblower contacts”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Rep. Adam B. Schiff, the Democrats’ point-man on impeachment, found himself playing defense Wednesday over his interactions with the whistleblower who triggered what’s become a major constitutional clash.

The California Democrat and chairman of the intelligence committee insisted he has not met the whistleblower, and denounced Republicans who repeatedly demanded Mr. Schiff come clean on his secret dealings with the person.

“Only Chairman Schiff knows who the whistleblower is. We don’t. We will never get the chance to see the whistleblower raise his right hand, swear to tell the truth and nothing but the truth,” said Rep. Jim Jordan, Ohio Republican, during Wednesday’s first public hearing on the impeachment inquiry. “More importantly, the American people won’t get that chance.”

Mr. Schiff says Mr. Jordan is distorting the true version of events. While his staff knew of the whistleblower, including even before the person reported concerns to an inspector general, Mr. Schiff says he doesn’t know the identity of the person and didn’t orchestrate the report.

“It was false the first time they said it,” he said. “It was false the second time through the 40th time they said it. It will be false the last time they say it.”

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