Checkmate: Jim Jordan to Subpoena Schiff's 'Whistleblower' to Testify in Public
House Republicans will force anti-Trump 'whistleblower' to give public testimony
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) has just been out-manoeuvered by Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) after House Republicans revealed they will subpoena the Democrats' anti-Trump "whistleblower" to testify in public.
On Thursday, House Oversight Committee Ranking Member Jordan revealed Republicans' plan to subpoena the "witness" that Schiff-led Democrats are trying to keep anonymous in their push to impeach President Donald Trump.
The so-called "whistleblower" filed a complaint concerning President Trump’s dealings with Ukraine, leading to the impeachment inquiry.
House Democrats, who control the majority on the committees conducting the impeachment probe, are expected to attempt to shut down the subpoena request, however.
Democrats have already rejected calls for the whistleblower to testify in public, citing concern for the anonymous member of the intelligence community’s safety.
The whistleblower claimed that Trump pressured Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate 2020 presidential candidate Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden’s connections to a Ukrainian gas company.
Much-needed U.S. military aid to Ukraine was being held up at the time, prompting speculation of a quid pro quo.
A transcript of the call was later made public, however, showing that the U.S. aid wasn't mentioned during the call, nor did Trump press Zelensky on any matters, certainly not the Bidens.
Rep. Jordan says Republicans have been asked to submit a list of their witnesses.
Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), the senior Republican on the Intelligence Committee, can subpoena a witness, with approval.
“We’ll see if he gives us any of our witnesses,” Jordan told reporters on Thursday.
Schiff said that he does not want the whistleblower to testify, citing safety reasons.
“The president’s allies would like nothing better than to help the president out this whistleblower. Our committee will not be a part of that,” Schiff told reporters last week, according to The Hill.
“They have the right to remain anonymous. They certainly should not be subject to these kinds of vicious attacks.”
Last week, Schiff's anonymous "whistleblower" was named in a new report.
RealClear Investigations published a report last Wednesday, identifying the person as anti-Trump CIA analyst and former Joe Biden employee Eric Ciaramella.
This week, House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy floated the possibility of moving Jordan to the Intelligence Committee this week, potentially allowing him to grill Adam Schiff under oath.
“It’s up to the leader. It’s up to Devin [Nunes],” Jordan said.
“We want to get the truth out and get out of this bunker so the American people can see what’s going on.”
The House Democrat-led impeachment inquiry is starting to enter the public phase after weeks of closed-door testimonials.
The House Intelligence Committee this week released four transcripts.
In the Senate, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) blocked a resolution to reaffirm whistleblower protections, saying that Democrats are guilty of “selective outrage.”
“I support whistleblowers, and I do think they have a role to play in keeping government accountable … but what we have seen over the last few years is that we have a system that we should continue to refine,” said Paul on Wednesday afternoon, The Hill reported.
Paul said that his legislation on whistleblowers would make clear that Trump should be able to face his accuser, the whistleblower.
“The bill I will introduce today will expand the whistleblower act [and] would be made retroactive so Edward Snowden can come home to live in his own country,” Paul said.
"All he did was expose that his government was not obeying the Constitution."