Former National Security Official: Impeachment ‘Looks Like An Inside Job’
Michael Anton says the inquiry could be manufactured by lawmakers
Former national security adviser Michael Anton implied that the Democrats' impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump looks “like an inside job” manufactured by lawmakers.
Anton, a former National Security Council (NSC) spokesman, told WMAL’s “Mornings on the Mall” co-hosts on Tuesday:
“It looks like an inside job of a bunch of career bureaucrats getting together and saying, ‘We’ve wanted to impeach this guy for three years. How do we do it? Oh wait, I think we’ve found a way.'”
“Here’s the issue," he continued.
“It just looks phony, and that’s what they’re trying to avoid coming out,” he added.
“I think the reason they don’t want him to say it is not so much to protect the whistleblower’s identity, whoever it is, it’s to protect the phony veneered process that they used to get this impeachment hearing going,” Anton added.
Schiff interrupted Vindman Tuesday after the latter said he told an “unnamed official” about Trump’s July phone call with Ukraine’s president.
Vindman was being questioned by GOP California Rep. Devin Nunes at the time.
Following Schiff’s interference, Vindman refused to “answer specific questions about members of the intelligence community,” the NSC aide said
Schiff’s actions caused a stir in the day’s impeachment testimony, as many people could be heard protesting it.
If read closely, this suggests that whoever Vindman spoke to after the call is indeed the whistleblower. Adam Schiff just interrupted to prevent Vindman from being asked about this, since it might touch on questions about the whistleblower. pic.twitter.com/5582huhOw3— Chuck Ross (@ChuckRossDC) November 19, 2019
Schiff’s move was questioned after the whistleblower’s lawyer Mark S. Zaid tweeted Tuesday, “#ProtectTheWhistleblower,” before Vindman’s testimony.
The tweet came alongside a CNN comment, suggesting there could be a “contentious flareup” during Vindman’s testimony when republicans ask him about the Ukraine phone call.
Daily caller journalist Chuck Ross noted that Zaid’s tweet “suggests” the person Vindman spoke to on the call could be the whistleblower.
Schiff refused to allow Republicans to establish if Vindman was a source for the whistleblower.
He tweeted that it is “circular reporting.”
Walter echoed this Wednesday and noted the moment suggested Vindman had spoken to the whistleblower and had given the person's information.
“Seems pretty important to establish whether Vindman was a source for the whistleblower, especially since Dems are holding Vindman out as independent corroboration of the whistleblower,” Ross wrote.
“This is circular reporting. Reminiscent of the Steele dossier.”
On Tuesday, Vindman admitted he made up elements of Trump’s call with Ukranian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
During his summary of the call, Vindman included details about a discussion between the two leaders regarding an agreement to "root out corruption" in Ukraine, but that conversation never took place.
Before the call, Vindman included the fabricated details in the talking points provided to the president but now admits that Trump did not use them in the call.