Who would want to listen to anything Schiff says…
Senior political analyst Brit Hume of Fox News tweeted Tuesday that saying that the whistleblower was entitled to stay anonymous is “nonsense.”
Hume pointed to the apparent belief of House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff that the whistleblower has a “statutory right to anonymity” and that any concerns that could “out” the person have to be dismissed.
“Adam Schiff keeps saying the whistleblower has a ‘statutory right to anonymity.’ He said it again this morning. It is nonsense. Only the IC [intelligence community] official who receives a whistleblower complain is required to withhold the name, and not in all circumstances,” Hume wrote.
Adam Schiff keeps saying the whistleblower has a “statutory right to anonymity.” He said it again this morning. It is nonsense. Only the IC official who receives a whistleblower complaint is required to withhold the name, and not in all circumstances.
— Brit Hume (@brithume) November 19, 2019
Conservative Texas Rep. Mike Conaway questioned Schiff to justify how he thought the whistleblower had this right. “I think that you need to put it in the record the basis for which you continue to assert the right to absolute anonymity … by the whistleblower,” the congressman said while questioning impeachment hearing witnesses Tuesday.
Schiff responded by saying he would “be happy to enter into the record the whistleblower statute that allows the whistleblower to remain anonymous,” although he did not do so at that time.
Day three of the hearings on the impeachment featured testimonies from four witnesses, including Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman of the State Department, who reported that he had talked to someone in the intelligence community about President Donald Trump’s telephone call on July 25 with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Schiff interfered in the testimony before Vindman could identify that individual to Rep. Devin Nunes of Republican California.
“But we need to protect the whistle-blower. Please stop. I want to make sure that there is no effort to out the whistle-blower through these proceedings. If the witness has a good faith belief that this may reveal the identity of the whistle-blower, that is not the purpose that we’re here for. I want to advise the witness accordingly,” Schiff continued.
Conservative Texas Rep. John Ratcliffe has been trailing House Democrats who are trying to shift Trump’s supposed unjustifiable crime to bribery. In all testimony, Ratcliffe observed the complete absence of the term bribery — except for a claim against former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden.