Fox News just broke the news that House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) has been ordered by the committee’s top Republican, Devin Nunes (R-CA), to appear for a deposition in private before lawmakers.
In a letter obtained by Fox, Nunes demanded “prior to the start of your public show trial next week, at least one additional closed-door deposition must take place … Specifically, I request that you sit for a closed-door deposition before the House Intelligence, Foreign Affairs and Oversight Committees.”
Nunes went on to say that the reason for this deposition is that Adam Schiff met with the Ukraine whistleblower in August 2019. He charged Schiff that:
“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 … 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.”
Adam Schiff has for weeks denied that he was involved with the whistleblower before the official complaint was filed, but Schiff’s office did admit that the whistleblower had reached out to Schiff before filing the complaint, which gave Democrats advance notice that the whistleblower bombshell was about to drop.
According to sources close to the matter, Nunes’ intention is to ask Schiff a barrage of clarifying questions, such as “How many times did he [Schiff] meet with the whistleblower? What did they advise the whistleblower to do? How much was Schiff involved in this? Did he recommend the whistleblower give the complaint to the intelligence community inspector general, even though there was no intel component so that he could be involved?”
The House Republicans’ request for Schiff’s testimony is accompanied by a newly released list of several witnesses to be called for a public testimony as the impeachment process moves along.
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