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Republicans Push Schiff to Confirm Name of Whistleblower

Republican Congress members said House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) should confirm the name of the intelligence staffer who filed an anonymous complaint against President Donald Trump, sparking a Democrat-run impeachment inquiry.

A report published late Oct. 30 by RealClearInvestigations included the name of the staffer, but it has not been confirmed by any official sources.

“I cant tell you what happens in the depositions, but I can tell you theres one person in ones group of staff members who know who the whistleblower is and that is Adam Schiff, and so you need to ask him whether this guy is the real deal,” Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) told reporters in Washington.

“Hey, you need to ask Adam Schiff. Dont ask me,” Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) told the Washington Examiner.

“We do not know if that is the whistleblower. Only one member knows and thats Adam Schiff,” Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) told the outlet.

The complaint that was filed, reliant on secondhand information and media reporters, was largely focused on Trumps July phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. House Democrats launched an impeachment inquiry based on the complaint, which was publicly released a day after Trumps White House released a transcript of the call.

Schiffs contact with the whistleblower included at least one staffer receiving information from the person before the complaint was filed, Schiff admitted on Oct. 2.

Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Adam Schiff
Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Adam Schiff
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), left, and Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), House intelligence chairman, hold a press conference about the impeachment inquiry of President Trump, at the Capitol in Washington on Oct. 2, 2019. (Charlotte Cuthbertson/The Epoch Times)

Schiff, during an interview on television in mid-September, had claimed: “We have not spoken directly with the whistleblower.”

Schiff said in October that he regretted not being “much more clear.” He has resisted efforts to identify the whistleblower and reversed his position after initially saying he wanted the person to testify before Congress.

The whistleblowers attorneys, meanwhile, declined on Wednesday to confirm the reported nRead More – Source

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