U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., who was one of the coordinators of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s impeach-the-president agenda in the U.S. House, is dodging a serious question about whether he would testify in a Senate impeachment trial for President Trump.
Instead, he claimed not to be a “fact witness.”
In fact, it was his office staff members who had interaction with the so-called whistleblower before that person – identified by many sources as CIA employee Eric Ciaramella – turned in his hearsay complaint that he didn’t like what President Trump said on a telephone call with Ukraine’s president last summer.
See his comments:
NEW: “I’m not a fact witness so other than mollifying the president, I’m not sure why the Senate would call me or Nancy Pelosi as a witness,” Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff tells @TheView when asked if he would testify if he was subpoenaed. https://t.co/OzDKvd1dAt pic.twitter.com/SChJ2ftUCy
— ABC News (@ABC) January 13, 2020
He was asked about being a witness, and said, “I’m not a fact witness so other than mollifying the president, I’m not sure why the Senate would call me or Nancy Pelosi as a witness.”
To a question about having Joe and Hunter Biden testify, he said: “I think what the senators would have to evaluate is do the Bidens have any relevant testimony and I think the answer is that they don’t. What is at issue here is whether the president withheld military aid, withheld official acts, a White House meeting, in order to coerce a country to announce an investigation.”
He said there’s “not much light” the Bidens can shed on the president’s “conduct.”
He claimed that would turn the Senate trial into a “sham proceeding.”
It was, however, before his own committee that he chose the witnesses who would be allowed to testify – and even what they would be allowed to say – in the House proceedings that resulted in only Democrats – and not even all of them – voting for impeachment articles.
And as for coercing an ally, it is Joe Biden who is on record, while he was vice president in the Obama era, who publicly boasted of threatening Ukraine with the loss of U.S. aide if officials there didn’t fire a prosecutor looking into alleged corruption at the gas company, Burisma.
It was that company that had hired Hunter Biden for $83,000 a month to be on its board, in an industry where Hunter Biden had no experience.
It was on that issue that President Trump had expressed interest in having the truth.
It was in a commentary at the Gateway Pundit where Schiff was taken to task.
“House Intel Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., looked a little nervous Monday morning when he was asked if he’s willing to testify in the Senate impeachment trial. President Trump called on Pelosi and Schiff to testify in the Senate impeachment trial. ‘He must be a witness, and so should she!'”
Why did Nervous Nancy allow corrupt politician Shifty Schiff to lie before Congress? He must be a Witness, and so should she!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 12, 2020
The GP explained, “Adam Schiff is a fact witness because his staff met with the ‘whistleblower’ Eric Ciaramella before he filed the whistleblower complaint in August. Schiff then lied about meeting with Eric Ciaramella before he filed his complaint against President Trump.”
The commentary pointed out his complaint about a “sham proceeding.”
“Rich coming from the impeachment ringleader who conducted Soviet-style sham show trials in the House SCIF and denied President Trump due process,” it said.