Adam Schiff has a message for witnesses of Trump’s misconduct

Adam Schiff has a message for witnesses of Trump’s misconduct
Adam Schiff has a message for witnesses of Trump’s misconduct
You know the whistleblowers a complaint lays out a long list of alleged misconduct by the president and the White House staff, which specific allegations are the most troubling to you. The blower brought forward surrounds that telephone call. That telephone call is the centerpiece of his concern or her concern, but we need to know a lot more about what took place before that call. It took place after that call what were the circumstances in which the president, which is still a mystery to apparently people of the National Security Council, Senator Mitch, McConnell others can’t figure out why? What explanation? The president, at the time, withholding vital military assistance, Ukraine, so the whole constellation issues around that, I think, are really the center point of the complaint. Obviously, Rudy Giuliani plays a role in that buildbar may have a role in that made allegation. I think that comes out of this complaint is that of a cover-up, as you mention that is. Why was this transcript or more accurately, a memorandum of a call? Why was it put in a file that is serve for the most highly classified intelligence, for example, that involved in covert action and what else, maybe in that file – and so are these, I think or two of the most important allegations and the witch give us a Pretty good road map into trying to find out, He suggests that was necessarily the first time. You have any reason to believe there were other instances when the White House lawyers or whoever did that knowingly, certainly know that other at other time. The president has been deeply concerned about whether they would be a record of his conversation. What comes most of mind is his conversations with Vladimir Putin. If there was an effort to destroy and interpreters notes, are these interpreters notes communication? Then you can imagine what might have happened to any more complete record of that communication between the presidents and Putin. So the short answer, but we do know that this president has a history, particularly when it involves Vladimir Putin has. Indeed, these allegations of denial of military system is very secretive and, and so we’re determined to to employee every tool we have to find out. According to the Whistleblower, several other people inside the Trump administration were involved in or to the president’s conduct cover up. Are you planning to subpoena them as well? Well, I’m hoping that these witnesses will choose to cooperate will volunteer, but I have to say I am deeply worried and now that the president, on the Eve of our hearing or during our hearing, was threatening these Witnesses, and I don’t know how else to deter. You know to interpret the person I’d staying State saying that these individuals, well, you know we used to have a way of dealing with them. That’S how we deal with traitors and spies will be used to execute traitors and spies, and so I think it’s pretty clear what the president is trying to do he’s trying to deter people from following the greatest example of this whistleblower intimidation, obviously, is a very serious Allegation, what’s your message to these potential Witnesses who clearly clearly are concerned, I’m sure for the heart and soul of our. If a president knighted states can trade away the power of his office or use the power of his office at the trade away, our national security interests of for the reason that he wants help in his political campaign, that is about as Siri level misconduct about a Betrayal of his oath of office as if they’re people who display and come forward because our democracy depends on it and I understand how difficult that is. But I also understand you called Giuliani to appear before your committee. Well, I don’t to get into specific Witnesses at this point, but Mr Giuliani is clearly at the center of a lot of this. The spadework for this phone call may very well have been done by Giuliani. It appears to me from reading the transcript that the Ukraine president had a pretty good idea of what might happen on this call, and so why that’s the case and how that was communicated to him all we needed. I wouldn’t be surprised if Rudy Giuliani is a part of that answer. What’S your timeline on this issue, this constellation of issue, what’s the most important, because it represents the most significant danger to our national security, these Witnesses sense of urgency here. One thing that was notable to me about the hearing today is the director took no issue with the urgency here, but no issue with a Melody of the witness here, and indeed does you were discussing earlier. It was remarkable to me that so many of my GOP colleagues were saying well, this wouldn’t whistleblower wasn’t even a party to call that makes it all the more credible, because what was all the more right and if the whistleblowers allegations as two other misconduct, other evidence Of misconduct by the president are born out as well as this record of called Bears out his formation on what was exchanged between the president of the United States in the president of Ukraine. Then it says that these other allegations are equally serious and subjective proof. As soon as possible – and I was very pleased that the director gave his personal assurance that that whistle Renato view protected. But when that whistleblower comes before our committee and all remaining as to get the security clearances for his or her Council that when that was a blur comes before our committee, there won’t be at a Department of Justice, minder, no White House minder, no one to sit Next to that whistleblower and try to circumscribe redact anything that whistle blower has to say, as it pertains to misconduct by the president or anyone around him close doors. Are you concerned, though, chairman about the possibility that the whistleblowers identity could be revealed? I’M deeply concerned about it and I’m deeply concerned about it and obviously working everything we can take. Whatever steps are necessary to protect the whistleblower’s identity. But given you know, those threats coming from the president have a real concern about this, so we’re obviously have to deal with this in a way that we don’t with most Witnesses where security is not such a vital issue. Impeachment inquiry process you’re in charge now for all practical purposes, explain what’s going on those around the presence: misconduct, Visa V, Ukraine, those involving the presence, Africa badgett, another Badger, another leader to provide dirt on his opponent. The Locust will be the intelligence committee where this whistleblower has brought forward been. So I also think it’s the case that the caucus recognizes that of all the misconduct of this President. This is probably the most serious because it goes so to the heart of his oath of office, so to the heart of his commitment or lack thereof, to defend the Constitution and jeopardize our national security. This is why so many veterans who are serving in the Congress of come forward to denounce the president’s conduct in demand full investigation and, if put in for a so, I think we understand the centrality of this issue and that’s why we’re giving it such a urgent Priority at the committee, I was it a mistake to make light of the situation making light of the situation, and I certainly wouldn’t want to suggest that there’s anything comical about this, but I do think it’s all to act that this president, in his conversations with the President of Ukraine, with speaking like an organized crime boss and the fact that these words are so that the president used of what we have seen of organized crime. Harkins back to me of what example, James Comey said when he was asked. If he could let this matter involving Flynn when Michael Cohen testified about how the president speaks in a certain code, where you understand exactly what’s required here, the point is that the president was using exactly that kind of language and the president of Ukraine fully understood what He was talking about. No, I think everyone understood and my GOP colleagues May faint otherwise that when I said I said that it was as if the president said, listen carefully, cuz, I’m only going to tell you 7 more times that I was mocking the president conduct, but make no mistake About this, what the president is up the utmost gravity and no seriousness, because it involves such a fundamental betrayal of his oath
Chairman of the Intelligence Committee, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), addresses President Trump’s message that whoever provided the whistleblower with information about his call with the Ukrainian President is “close to a spy.”

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