Democrats Block Motion Calling for Adam Schiff to Testify at Impeachment Hearing
Dems vote against call for House Intelligence Committee chairman to give testimony
Democrats have blocked a motion calling for House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) to testify during the Judiciary impeachment hearings.
Democratic lawmakers on the House Judiciary Committee killed a motion to call Schiff to give testimony as part of the anti-Trump impeachment inquiry.
Republicans have been pushing for Schiff to take the stand given his office’s central role in handling the Ukraine call "whistleblower" complaint that triggered an inquiry.
The motion to require the attendance and testimony of Schiff before the House Judiciary Committee was made by Ranking Member Doug Collins (R-GA), who transmitted the request in a letter.
A Democrat was then recognized, by Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY), to make a motion to table or postpone consideration of Collins’ request.
Republicans voted against tabling the motion, while Democrats voted to table it.
According to Breitbart, the vote fell along party lines at 24-17.
House Intelligence Committee Republicans had requested Schiff testify during the initial phases of the impeachment inquiry.
The call was due to revelations the "whistleblower," who kickstarted the House Democrats’ launch of an impeachment inquiry, went to Schiff’s committee before filing his complaint.
The New York Times reported the "whistleblower" went to meet with one of Schiff’s aides before filing a complaint.
That aide then instructed the "whistleblower" to obtain legal counsel and then file a formal complaint with the intelligence community inspector general.
The Times also reported that the aide passed on the “outlines” of the "whistleblower’s" complaint to Schiff.
Schiff then later disclosed the existence of the "whistleblower" complaint and demanded the ICIG hands over the complaint to Congress.
He also denied he or his office ever communicated with the "whistleblower" before he filed the complaint.
His staff later walked back Schiff’s comments, claiming he meant that they never formally interviewed them, and that Schiff has never met with the "whistleblower" himself.
Schiff has denied knowing who the so-called "whistleblower" is, but has stopped Republicans questioning witnesses on who they spoke with from the intelligence community about concerns that the president was withholding aid from Ukraine.
Schiff first said he would bring the "whistleblower" in to testify, then later said it was not necessary.
So far, he has refused to call the "whistleblower" in to testify despite Republican requests.
If the House votes on articles of impeachment on Trump and it heads to the Senate, Republicans would be able to request that Schiff testify.