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Schiff Says Congress May Not Need To Interview Whistleblower After All

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Rep. Adam Schiff said Sunday that the House Intelligence Committee might not need to interview the CIA analyst who filed a whistleblower complaint against President Donald Trump, a reversal for the Democrat, who has come under fire for failing to disclose the whistleblower’s contacts with his office.

Schiff acknowledged he initially supported the whistleblower testifying about the Aug. 12 complaint, which centered on a July 25 phone call Trump had with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

“Given that we already have the call record, we don’t need the whistleblower who wasn’t on the call to tell us what took place during the call, we have the best evidence of that,” Schiff said on “Face the Nation.” “It may not be necessary to take steps that might reveal the whistleblower’s identity to do that, and we’re going to make sure we protect that whistleblower.”

The Democrat has slowly pulled back his preference for the whistleblower to testify after it was revealed Oct. 2 that the CIA analyst had contact with a Schiff aide prior to filing the complaint Aug. 12.

In interviews leading up to the release of the whistleblower complaint, Schiff implied he had no insight into who the whistleblower was, or what they were alleging.

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Margaret Brennan, the host of “Face the Nation,” did not ask Schiff questions about his office’s interactions with the whistleblower. She asked Schiff in the closing seconds of her show if he regretted saying in an interview Sept. 17 that “we have not spoken directly with the whistleblower.”

“We would love to talk directly with the whistleblower,” Schiff said in that interview.

Schiff said Sunday he should “have been much more clear” about his office’s contacts with the whistleblower.

Schiff acknowledged Sunday that he initially wanted the whistleblower to testify, but that he has changed his mind after Trump “started threatening the whistleblower and threatening others.”

Schiff noted Trump has referred to the unidentified whistleblower as a spy and traitor.

“Our primary interest right now is making sure that that person is protected. Indeed, now there’s more than one whistleblower, that they are protected,” Schiff said.

House Democrats have given indications that they were shifting away from pushing for the whistleblower’s testimony.

House Democrats were considering disguising the whistleblower during any potential interview in order to prevent Republicans from leaking the whistleblower’s identity, The Washington Post reported Tuesday.

A Republican source familiar with the matter told the Daily Caller News Foundation in response to that report that it appeared Schiff was “laying the groundwork” to announce the whistleblower will not testify, “and to blame that on Republicans.”

“Schiff may not want the whistleblower to testify anymore because the whistleblower would have to reveal more details about this cooperation with Schiff,” the Republican source told the DCNF.

A version of this story appears on the Daily Caller website.

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27 Comments
  • Steven says:

    Unless the whistle blower is claiming the transcript released isn’t what was actually said in the call. NOTHING they can say about the call is relevant.

  • Lost River says:

    Caught in multiple lies,,,,again Shitfff. He must think we’re all as dumb as his constituents. Embarrassing POS.

  • patricia k campbell says:

    Of course not…because he’s one of your staff, Schifty.

  • Ruben Palacios says:

    The whistle blower has already done what was intended. They don’t need not do they want his testimony under oath! We however, won’t let it go not will we let them get away with their crap!

  • usac95 says:

    this guy is the biggest ass clown in congress

  • Dan says:

    Their is no whistleblower. They want to hide him/her because it’s not true. Just more BS from the Democrats.

  • Stella says:

    I think Adam S. is lying to protect himself.

    • Rob says:

      Of course he is! That’s what these imbeciles do and think they can keep getting away with it. I wish he would rot in jail with all the others of his ilk.

  • Rob says:

    Nothing to see here, just move along. You gotta be kidding. This guy is an asswipe.

  • Randall says:

    What a sorry POS he is. Now that HIS crimes might be exposed he no longer want`s the “whistleblower” to testify.
    The whole democratic party makes me sick.

  • Brokengirl55 says:

    The Democrats are predictable if anything else. This is just another play out of their playbook. These bottom feeders can make up so many lies and then turn around and try to come out looking like the good guys. Finally the people of this nation are getting to know the playbook very well. We see right through them.

  • Tracey Reitterer says:

    No doubt that lying, bug-eyed asswipe is the “whistleblower”, IF there really is one, which I seriously doubt since the DEMONcrats lie on a daily basis. But if so, they won’t reveal his or her identity for 2 reasons: they’ll show absolute anti-Trump bias & open themselves to cross-examination from Trump & his attorneys, proving connection to the Demons that this is nothing more than another fake witch-hunt investigation, a.k.a. DISTRACTION FROM THE DEMS CRIMINALITY.

  • Harold says:

    Every time Schiff gets on TV or in front of congress he should be hooked to a lie detector. If that was mandated we would never see him again.

  • LEM says:

    Their is no whistleblowers it is all a shame they can’t testify because their is none and it would put Schiff head on the chopping block and loss over it and show he is lying.They can put words on a tape they do it in the movies!

  • r.livengood says:

    Question ? Does the Whistle Blower even exist ?

  • SusieQue says:

    LMAO…no, Schiff for brains….your only primary interest is protecting the Democrats lying and cheating asses…its always been that way but all the crap you pull out of your demented asses are being shoved right back in and just exposing your “own” continued corruptions….why does the media not ask the REAL questions like….did you or any of your representatives meet with the and help the whistleblower prior to the filed complaint?????

  • Rosebud says:

    Schiff is the whistleblower he’s made up another false story. He has proven he is a LIAR.

  • Stephen Russell says:

    Why the commotion, why NOT testify & shake up Dems more.
    We love this DC show Schitty.
    Go through these hoops for XYZ then say dont need it.
    OK then end the Impeachment process then.
    Simple.
    END the Game

  • FRED says:

    SO,, IF THIS FIASCO EVER MAKES IT TO THE SENATE WE CAH CALLL THE WHISTLEBLOWER THEN AND HE CAN TELL US HOW HE HAD SCHIFF RE=SCRIPT HIS REPORT

  • Jamie says:

    Congress costs taxpayers $1B a year in salaries for members and staff. Barr needs to prosecute Peloopi and Sack of Schiff for embezzlement, fraud, and a treasonous coup. Swing them from their necks until they can’t choke out another lie.

  • JC says:

    Schill should think very seriously about his well being and family.

  • mark haney says:

    he may not need the whistleblower now because he is the whistleblower, he got caught in his lie.

  • Roma says:

    I don’t Believe there is a whistleblower.

    • Betty White says:

      Or, if there is one, perhaps the Whistleblower studied over the situation more closely and realized Trump was innocent, and Schiff and the other Democrats were the guilty ones. No wonder they don’t want him to testify after all.

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