This is not okay…
During the third day of the public inquiry hearing on Tuesday morning, the House Intelligence Committee ranking member Rep Devin Nunes asked both witnesses Jennifer Williams and Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman whether they had released or ordered anyone to disclose any information regarding the July 25 call between President Trump and Ukrainian President Zelensky to the now notorious whistleblower.
“The question is: Do you know personally know any individual who discussed… any matter associated with the call to any member of the press?” Nunes asked Vindman, a National Security Council official.
“I do not,” Vindman said. “I do not engage with the press at all.” He continued, “We have an NSC press shop to engage in these types of questions.”
Jennifer Williams, an aide to Vice President Pence, had same answer.
Nunes got Vindman to say that he might have spoken about the call to somebody from an intelligence agency, but the questioning track was broken.
Following repeated Nunes inquiries on the nature of the disclosures of the whistleblower over the call of July 25, Chairman Adam Schiff finally confronted Nunes and clarified that the proceedings would not be used to “out the whistleblower.”
“If I could interject here,” Schiff said. “We don’t want to use these proceedings to… We need to protect the whistleblower. Please stop. I want to make sure there is no effort to out the whistleblower as a result of these proceedings… That is not the purpose we are here for and I want to advise the witness accordingly.”
After the interruption, Nunes continued: “Mr. Vindman, you testified in your deposition that you did not know the whistleblower?”
“Ranking member, it is Lt. Col. Vindman,” the witness replied. “I do not know who the whistleblower is.”
“Then how is it possible for you to name these people and then out the whistleblower?” Nunes asked.
“Per the advice of my counsel I’ve been advised not to answer specific questions about members of the intelligence committee,” Vindman replied.
“Are you aware that this is the Intelligence Committee?” Nunes asked. “Wouldn’t you agree that this would be the place for you to come to to testify about someone within the intelligence community?”
Vindman reiterated the same comment, stating that Schiff had told him not to answer that question.