Devin Nunes Demands Adam Schiff Testify In Trump Impeachment Inquiry
Committee Ranking Member demands Schiff appears for a deposition
Devin Nunes, R-Calif., has formally requested that House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., testify in a closed-door setting as part of the Democrats' impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump.
According to the letter written by the committee Ranking Member, he demands that Schiff appear for a deposition in private before lawmakers.
Nunes wrote Friday:
"On November 6th, you announced the beginning of public hearings associated with the Democratic Party's partisan impeachment inquiry into President Donald J. Trump."
"Based on the precedent and lack of jurisdiction, the House Intelligence Committee should not take the lead in conducting such hearings; however, by now, the American people know your desire to see the duly-elected president removed from office outweighs your sense of responsibility to running a functioning intelligence oversight committee."
"Prior to the start of your public show trial next week, at least one additional closed-door deposition must take place," he continued.
"Specifically, I request that you sit for a closed-door deposition before the House Intelligence, Foreign Affairs, and Oversight Committees."
Nunes then noted that Schiff and his staff "met with or talked to the whistleblower who raised an issue with President Trump's phone call with Ukrainian President [Volodymyr] Zelensky."
Neon Nettle also reported last month that the "whistleblower" 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.
"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," Nunes wrote.
"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."
"As you know, the House Intelligence Committee has precedent for such an arrangement.
"During the Committee's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, sitting Members of Congress agreed to participate in closed-door depositions.
"Given your championing of such an arrangement two years ago, you should have no problem with you appearing before the three committees to discuss your interactions with the whistleblower."
Despite the overwhelming evidence, Schiff maintains that he has not personally spoken with the anonymous whistleblower.
Schiff initially denied he knew anything about the complaint before it was filed, stating on Sep. 17:
“We have not spoken directly with the whistleblower. We would like to."
But it later emerged that a member of his staff had spoken to the whistleblower before his complaint was submitted on Aug. 12.
The Washington Post concluded that Schiff "clearly made a statement that was false."
Neon Nettle also reported that witnesses at Schiff's secretive impeachment inquiry last month had links to former Vice President Joe Biden's son Hunter's Ukrainian natural gas company, Burisma Holdings.
Schiff's witness, acting Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Ambassador Philip Reeker, is set to give testimony at an impeachment hearing.
It has emerged, however, that Ambassador Reeker had a paid speaking gig at the Atlantic Council think tank earlier this week, which he mysteriously pulled out of.
LifeSiteNews reported Schiff was telling witnesses testifying in the impeachment inquiry not to answer questions by certain Republicans.