Oct 2, 2019

Schiff calls Trump's whistleblower tweets "an incitement of violence"

At a press conference with Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Wednesday, House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) condemned President Trump's tweets demanding to "meet" the Ukraine whistleblower as "a blatant effort to intimidate witnesses" and "an incitement of violence."

"We will do everything in our power to make sure that whistleblower is protected. That the whistleblower's preferences in terms of their anonymity are respected. Let's not make any mistakes here. The president wants to make this all about the whistleblower, and suggests people that come forward with evidence of his wrongdoing are somehow treasonous and should be treated as traitors and spies. This is a blatant effort to intimidate a witness. It's an incitement of violence. "

Why it matters: Democrats and some Republicans have spoken out against Trump's tweets calling for the whistleblower's identity to be revealed and suggesting that they are some type of spy.

  • Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) released a statement on Tuesday stressing that the Ukraine whistleblower, who has set off an impeachment inquiry into President Trump, "ought to be heard and protected."
  • 2020 candidate Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) sent a letter to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey on Wednesday asking him to suspend Trump's account for violating Twitter's rules by accusing the whistleblower of being a spy and Schiff of treason.

The big picture: Schiff also said during the press conference that attempts by the White House or the State Department to defy subpoenas or block witnesses from testifying will be considered evidence of obstruction in the impeachment inquiry.

Go deeper: Intelligence community watchdog refutes Trump's whistleblower claims

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Adam Schiff says whistleblower may not testify in Ukraine investigation

Adam Schiff. Photo: Liz Lynch/Getty Images

House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) said on CBS’ "Face the Nation" on Sunday that the committees investigating President Trump and Ukraine may not need testimony from the whistleblower who filed the complaint that set off the impeachment inquiry.

Why it matters: Schiff said that asking for a testimony could unnecessarily harm the whistleblower by exposing their identity, especially with Trump accusing the official of partisanship and repeatedly calling for them to be unmasked.

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Republicans scold Schiff for not seeking whistleblower's testimony

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Republican leaders on the House committees investigating President Trump and Ukraine condemned House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff in a letter on Wednesday for failing to call the whistleblower to testify before them, according to a copy of the letter obtained by Axios.

Why it matters: The letter marks the first time Republicans have formally demanded the statement of a witness involved in Democrats' impeachment inquiry. But "this particular whistleblower could also face a significant physical risk if his or her identity is exposed," Lawfare notes.

Go deeperArrowOct 23, 2019

Trump: "We must determine the Whistleblower’s identity"

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President Trump on Monday said in a pair of tweets Monday the whistleblower who filed the complaint that set off the House impeachment inquiry must "testify to explain why he got my Ukraine conversation sooo wrong" and that they must be identified "to determine WHY this was done to the USA."

Adam Schiff now doesn’t seem to want the Whistleblower to testify. NO! Must testify to explain why he got my Ukraine conversation sooo wrong, not even close. Did Schiff tell him to do that? We must determine the Whistleblower’s identity to determine WHY this was done to the USA.
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