For months now, Adam Schiff has been so concerned about protecting the anonymity of the whistleblower or at least pretending that he’s concerned about it. There’s really only one reason why he’s concerned about it and that’s because he knows if that person testifies then the entire impeachment inquiry will collapse.
Rep. Conaway stepped up to the plate to call Schiff out on his BS claim that the whistleblower is entitled to anonymity.
According to Fox News,
“[I want] you and/or one of the members of the committee that are lawyers to put into the record the federal statute that provides for the absolute immunity or right to immunity that you’ve exerted over and over and over,” Conaway told Schiff. “I don’t think its there,” he said.
“And before you get mad and accuse me of wanting to out the whistleblower, you get upset every time somebody accuses you personally of knowing who the whistleblower is,” Conaway, who is also the top Republican on the House Agriculture Committee, continued.
As Conaway spoke, Schiff sat largely emotionless in his chair, with his arms crossed and staring straight ahead.
“I get upset every time you… accuse me of — simply because I want to know the whistleblower or we want to know what’s going on — that [Republicans] want to ‘out’ that individual,” the Republican added.
Conaway told Schiff that he should either prove the whistleblower has the so-called “immunity” the Texas Republican characterized or “level the playing field.”
“I know that you’ve overruled my request for a closed-door subpoena [of the whistleblower],” he said. “I do think it’s important you put in to record the basis on which you continue to assert this absolute right to anonymity of the whistleblower.”
So Schiff said he’d be happy to add the statute, but let me tell you what I think is going to happen.
Schiff is going to cite the Intelligence Community Whistleblower Protection Act of 1998. The problem with this is just what Republicans like Rand Paul have been saying all along. All this protection act really goes is protect from retaliation and it only specifies that the intelligence community inspector general is prohibited from disclosing the identity of the whistleblower UNLESS it’s unavoidable.
Also, notice that he didn’t cite it on the spot. If he has been so concerned with it and how important it is to this hearing, he would have cited it then and there.
This, of course, is bogus and the Republicans are going to challenge it, but Schiff if just going to ignore them and keep running things how he pleases. Mark my words.