House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) has announced that the Ukraine whistleblower will testify in the impeachment investigation.
a href=”https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/sunday-week-rudy-giuliani-rep-adam-schiff/story?id=65936716″>Transcript via ABC’s This Week:
STEPHANOPOULOS: Have you reached an agreement yet with the whistleblower and his or her attorneys about coming before the committee and providing the information firsthand?
SCHIFF: Yes, we have. And as Director Maguire promised during the hearing, that whistleblower will be allowed to come in and come in without a minder from the Justice Department or from the White House to tell the whistleblower what they can and cannot say. We’ll get the unfiltered testimony of that whistleblower. Now, we are taking all the precautions we can to make sure that we do so — we allow that testimony to go forward in a way to protects the whistleblower’s identity. Because as you can imagine with the president issuing threats like we ought to treat these people who expose my wrongdoing as we used to treat traitors and spies and we used to execute traitors and spies, you can imagine the security concerns here.
STEPHANOPOULOS: So when do you expect to hear from the whistleblower?
SCHIFF: Very soon. You know, it will depend probably more on how quickly the director of National Intelligence can complete the security clearance process for the whistleblower’s lawyers, but we’re ready to hear from the whistleblower as soon as that is done. And we’ll keep obviously riding shotgun to make sure the acting director doesn’t delay in that clearance process.
NEW: Adam Schiff has reached agreement with whistleblower to come before House Intelligence Committee, he tells @ThisWeekABC, and says he expects to hear from the whistleblower "very soon." https://t.co/uMWxTeYU29 pic.twitter.com/VXtiTiUTm2
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The whistleblower is going to testify before the House Intelligence Committee and confirm everything that is in his complaint, and the transcript of the phone call with Ukraine that Trump released. Trump tried to bury the whistleblower and the complaint because it contains allegations of illegal activity by Trump and the people.
Trump has been trying to intimidate the whistleblower from coming forward. He has even gone so far as to threaten the life of the person who filed the complaint.
If the whistleblower testifies in public, which is a big if, given the threats that have already been made against this person, it will captivate the nation and be another nail in the political coffin of Donald Trump.
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Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA.Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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