From the very onset of this latest impeachment debacle, President Donald Trump has been erring on the side of transparency.
In the hours after news first broke regarding a White House insider complaining about the conservation that Trump had with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky back on July 25th, the Commander in Chief released not only a written record of the call, but also the whistleblower’s complaint itself. It appeared then, as it does now, that the President would be standing by his actions and allowing the machinations of “resistance” to grind away again, certain to fail as they did during the “RussiaGate” conspiracy probe.
Now, the tables have turned. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff has indicated that hearing from the whistleblower themselves may not be a necessary step in getting to the bottom of the issue. This sounds counterintuitive because it is. This is a move aimed at keeping the whistleblower from appearing unknowledgeable regarding their own complaint – something that the Democrats have plenty of reason to fear given that the information contained within the anonymous filing is both second and third-hand.
President Trump is still vying for transparency, however.
President Donald Trump demanded the “whistleblower” who sparked the Democrat-led impeachment inquiry should testify to Congress, despite Rep. Adam Schiff’s claim it was no longer necessary.
“NO! Must testify to explain why he got my Ukraine conversation sooo wrong, not even close,” Trump said on Twitter.
In an interview on CBS’s Face the Nation, Schiff said testimony from the “whistleblower” was no longer needed.
“Our primary interest right now is making sure that that person is protected,” Schiff said, warning testimony from the “whistleblower” might expose his identity.
The GOP have been skeptical about the process from the start.
Republicans have expressed concerns Trump remains unable to face his accuser, who continues to remain anonymous.
Trump questioned whether the “whistleblower” was instructed by Schiff to file a complaint.
“We must determine the Whistleblower’s identity to determine WHY this was done to the USA,” Trump wrote.
Schiff and Trump have been at odds for months on end, with their feud only being escalated by the announcement of a “formal impeachment inquiry” by House Democrats.
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