House Republican leaders spoke out about House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, who is making up the rules as he goes, by preventing a witness in the latest impeachment hearing from answering certain questions asked by Republicans.
Rep. Steve Scalise, and Rep. Jim Jordan held a news conference where they told reporters that Schiff shut down a Republican line of questioning during a hearing with Army Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, the latest current or former Trump administration official to come before Congress in relation to the impeachment probe.
Vindman, who serves as a director on the National Security Council (NSC), arrived Tuesday morning to testify before the House Intelligence, Oversight, and Foreign Affairs committees.
“When we asked [Vindman] who he spoke to after important events in July — Adam Schiff says, ‘no, no, no, we’re not going to let him answer that question,”‘ Jordan said.
Jordan went on to say that Schiff seemed to be breaking his own rules for the hearings, implying the chairman was acting almost as a “lawyer” for Vindman.
“He gets to choose all the witnesses and he, himself, only, which means it’s not a fair process on the face, but even his claim now that Republicans can ask question has been undermined because now he’s directing witnesses,” Scalise said about Schiff.
Scalise added, “The Soviet style process that Speaker Pelosi and Adam Schiff, have been conducting behind closed doors for weeks now::it completely denies due process to Republican members of Congress as well as to the White House.”
“The Democrats run out here and say, ‘ooh, the Republicans are trying to figure out who the whistleblower is,'” Jordan continued.
“We’re trying to figure out who our witness list is! The resolution that the Speaker has just filed … she points this out in the resolution that this is going to go to the Judiciary Committee if in fact they push it there. There will be witnesses called. We would like to figure out who those witnesses should be.”
“I pointed out last week there 435 members of Congress … only one of them knows who the whistleblower is, more importantly, who the sources are for the whistleblower who were the basis of him filing this complaint. Now he doesn’t want anyone else to know that,” Jordan said.
Scalise then proceeded to attack the impeachment proceedings in general, using the latest GOP procedural complaint in a further attempt to discredit the Democrats’ impeachment push.
“It’s clear Pelosi needs to declare a mistrial,” Scalise said.
“This has been a tainted process from the start. What happened today confirms even worse just how poorly Adam Schiff is handling this process, denying the ability for Republicans to even ask basic questions that are critical to the heart of whether or not a President of the United States is impeached.”
The inquiry was opened after a whistleblower complaint alleged that Trump, during the July phone call, pushed Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter as military aid to the country was being withheld.
Since the beginning, Democrats have been attempting to skew the results of the impeachment hearing to meet their own personal desires.