Chairman Adam Schiff pledged to interrupt public hearing proceedings for the impeachment inquiry against President Trump if he thought Republicans were trying to expose the whistleblower's identity. So when Ranking Member Rep. Devin Nunes was questioning witness Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman regarding with whom he discussed President Trump's phone call with President Zelensky. It was that phone call that launched the Democrats' impeachment inquiry against Trump.
"If I could interject here," Schiff interjected. "We don’t want to use these proceedings...we need to protect the whistleblower...I want to make sure that there is no effort to out the whistle-blower through these proceedings. If the witness has a good faith belief that this may reveal the identity of the whistleblower, that is not the purpose that we’re here for. I want to advise the witness accordingly."
That's all very interesting, because, just last week, Schiff told the panel that he didn't know the whistleblower's identity. Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) was happy to point that out.
Great job by Nunes today and also Jim Jordan.
Take a look at Jordan hammering Shifty Schiff here:
.@Jim_Jordan calls out Schiff and Vindman:— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) November 19, 2019
"I don't see how this is outing the whistleblower. The witness has testified that he does not know who the whistleblower is. You have said, even though no one believes you, you have said you don't know who the whistleblower is..." pic.twitter.com/f7gT9PAFYt