Adam Schiff Caught Covering Up 'Potentially Exculpatory' Witness Testimony
Bombshell report reveals Democrats are concealing evidence in impeachment case
President Donald Trump's lawyers have accused Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) and his fellow House Democrats of covering up key evidence that doesn't fit their anti-Trump agenda for the impeachment trial.
Democrats are reportedly concealing the "potentially exculpatory" testimony of a major witness who was questioned by the House during its investigation into the Ukraine matter, according to President Trump's legal team.
Adam Schiff has been accused of intentionally hiding evidence that is "not helpful" to himself or that conflicts with the story of his anti-Trump "whistleblower."
House Democrats are refusing to disclose the testimony of Michael Atkinson, the Washington Times reported.
Atkinson is the Inspector General of the Intelligence Community with firsthand knowledge of the origins of the "whistleblower" complaint that led to Trump's impeachment.
The reason why Democrats are not sharing the information, according to at least one Republican who was present during Atkinson's testimony, is because it does not advance Schiff's impeachment case against President Trump.
"The reason it hasn't been released is it's not helpful to Adam Schiff. It is not helpful to the whistleblower," Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-TX) said.
"It raises credibility issues about both of them."
The Times also noted that the evidence may be "potentially exculpatory" for the president.
However, members of the House Intelligence Committee who conducted the interview are not allowed to disclose the details of the discussion, as it could reveal potentially sensitive intelligence information.
Republicans on the committee believe that Atkinson's testimony should be part of the Senate trial record.
"It addresses the issue about contacts between Schiff, his staff and the whistleblower, and what the inspector general knows about that," Ratcliffe told The Washington Times.
"So those are material facts that should be talked about, but Adam Schiff has prevented that."
Iowa Republican Sen. Joni Ernst agrees with Ratcliffe and maintains that House Democrats should have submitted the transcript to the Senate for its impeachment trial.
"We should be allowed to take a look at that, but again they have stated numerous times in their brief they had overwhelming evidence — it would be so clear to everyone — and I haven't seen that yet," she said.
On Saturday, Trump's lead attorney in the impeachment trial revealed to the Senate that Democrats intentionally "hid" other crucial evidence that would absolve the president of the charges against him.
House Democrats' case against President Trump rests on the notion that freezing foreign aid to Ukraine was an unprecedented move by the administration.
As Townhall's Cortney O'Brien points out, however, White House Counsel Pat Cipollone revealed to senators, and the nation, that a key piece of evidence was conveniently omitted from the Democrats' presentations.
"They didn't tell you that burden-sharing was discussed in the call," Cipollone said Saturday, in reference to Trump's Jully 25 2019 phone conversation with the president of Ukraine.
Cipollone points out that, in his call with the newly elected leader, Trump told Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky that Germany and other European nations do "almost nothing" for them.
According to transcripts of the conversation, Zelensky said Trump was "absolutely right."
House Democrats "didn't have time in 24 hours to tell you this [in their impeachment remarks]," Cipollone said.