Mark Meadows: Schiff’s Contact with Ukraine Whistleblower is the ‘Only Cover-Up'
Republican calls out impeachment manager after Nadler's remarks
Republican North Carolina Rep. Mark Meadows claimed the “only cover-up” in the impeachment process is by House impeachment manager Adam Schiff and his fellow Democrats.
Earlier this week, Rep. Jerry Nadler accused Republicans of staging a “cover-up.”
“I see a lot of senators voting for a cover-up, voting to deny witnesses, an absolutely indefensible vote, obviously a treacherous vote,” Nadler said late Wednesday night.
Meadows stated that Democrats are intentionally misleading the American people:
"The House impeachment managers are actually not only making false statements, but they're intentionally misleading the American people," Meadows told Fox News.
“We are going to continue to hear allegations of 'cover-up.' The only 'cover-up' that I've seen is actually Adam Schiff and his team's cover-up on their coordination with the whistleblower.”
In October last year, Neon Nettle reported the White House "whistleblower," who filed a complaint about the president's phone call with Ukraine's leader, worked with two of anti-Trump Democrat Adam Schiff's staffers.
A report by the Washington Examiner revealed that two former National Security Council staffers worked with the so-called whistleblower in the Obama and Trump administrations.
Schiff reportedly recruited those same two staffers, with one of them joining his team in August, around the time the anonymous CIA "whistleblower" filled their complaint, according to the report.
“We have not spoken directly to the whistleblower. We would like to,” Schiff said in a September interview.
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Republican Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski also took offense to the Democrat's accusations of a "cover-up."
“I took it as offensive,” she said.
“As one who is listening attentively and working hard to get to a fair process, I was offended.”
Republican Maine Sen. Susan Collins also weighed in on Nadler's comment:
“It reminded me that if we were in a normal debate in the Senate that the rule would be invoked to strike the words of the senator for impugning another senator.”
During the Senate trial, White House counsel Pat Cipollone blasted Nadler saying he “should be embarrassed."
“We’ve been respectful of the Senate, we’ve made our arguments to you," Cipollone said
"You don’t deserve, and we don’t deserve what just happened,” Cipollone added.
“Mr. Nadler came up here and made false allegations against our team, he made false allegations against all of you, he accused you of a cover-up," he continued.
"He’s been making false allegations against the president," Cipollone added.
"The only one who should be embarrassed, Mr. Nadler, is you, for the way you’ve addressed this body."