The foremost Republican of the House Intelligence Committee last night accused Democrat President Adam Schiff of coaching a witness of Trump investigation during closed testimony.
Republicans and democrats clashed angry during Tuesday's deposition by Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman, a member of the National Security Council who oversees Ukraine's policies.
Representative Devin Nunes told Fox news: & # 39; I have never seen anything in my life like what happened today. & # 39;
Nunes claimed: & # 39; I mean, they've been bad at most of these statements, but to constantly interrupt us to coach the witness, to decide … what we can ask the witness & # 39 ;, described he behavior as & # 39; unprecedented & # 39 ;.
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House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) has a hearing with Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman as part of the investigation of the House of Deposition
Representative Devin Nunes said: & # 39; I have never seen anything in my life like what happened today & # 39; (photo: Nunes at a previous hearing)
Nunes praised Schiff that he & # 39; was very good at coaching witnesses & # 39; and threw the democrat president because he has so far refused republican demands to call his own witnesses.
CNN reported there was a & # 39; shouting competition & # 39; when Vindman was questioned by Republicans in a way that stopped Schiff, suggesting that they were trying to find out the identity of the original whistleblower.
Vindman said in his opening statement on Tuesday that he does not know the identity of the whistleblower.
& # 39; I am not the whistleblower who brought this matter to the attention of the CIA and the committees. I don't know who the whistleblower is and I wouldn't feel comfortable speculating about the whistleblower's identity, & he said.
Nunes also told Hannity last night that Schiff's staff had met the nameless whistleblower, another aspect that he & # 39; unprecedented & # 39; called.
Democratic congressman Debbie Wasserman Schultz said the Republicans at Vindman & # 39; s statement tried to reveal the whistleblower's identity.
& # 39; What the Republicans are very clearly trying to do in their interrogation is trying to show Lieutenant Colonel Vindman who the whistleblower is, although he says in his testimony that he did not know he did not know, & # 39; 39; Wasserman Schultz said.
Wanted: Purple Heart Iraq veteran lieutenant colonel Alexander Vindman was in the middle of a party shout and the republicans were stopped asking him that democrats say they were meant to eliminate the whistleblower
& # 39; They are trying through the back door and by elimination by trying their questions, they are trying to get him to reveal that, and they have not been successful, & # 39; she added.
Democratic Rep. Stephen Lynch agreed, but said the effort was averted.
& # 39; I'm not sure what the intention was, but the direction of some of their questions might have led to that, & # 39; he said, & # 39; but again it was averted. & # 39;
Republicans denied attempting to reveal the whistleblower's name as witnesses in the investigation during their turn.
& # 39; Adam Schiff keeps talking about the whistleblower and he is the one who knows who he is. But that is not what we are trying to do. "We're trying to get information we're entitled to," GOP Congressman Jim Jordan told reporters on Capitol Hill on Tuesday.
When asked if he wanted to know the name of the whistleblower, Jordan answered: & The American people want to know. I want to reach the truth. & # 39;
And Jordan accused Schiff, the chairman of the House's intelligence commission, of undermining their questions.
Democratic congressman Debbie Wasserman Schultz accused Republicans of revealing the whistleblower's name
& # 39; Our counsel asked questions and Adam Schiff tells the witness not to answer our questions, which is extremely ridiculous and that is why it should be in public, & # 39; said Jordan.
In the meantime, an assistant is directed up. Nunes accused of working on a way to reveal the name of the whistleblower who has sparked the investigation of accusation.
Derek Harvey, an assistant to Nunes, the senior Republican in the House's intelligence commission, has given GOP legislators the name of whistleblower awaiting witness statements in the investigation of allegations, the Everyday beast reported.
The goal is to get the name of the whistleblower in the transcripts of the procedure.
Schiff has promised to release the transcripts of the interviews at a later date, which means that the whistleblower's name would be made public.
The Nunes office did not respond to the request for comment from DailyMail.com.
Republican lawmakers and co-workers have said the name of the person who is probably whistleblower in closed-door hearings, The Washington Post reported earlier this week.
They did not accuse the person as a whistleblower, but their questions became like one & # 39; attempt to unmask the whistleblower & # 39 ;, whose identity is protected by federal law, several officials told the newspaper.
Rep. Devon Nunes is the best Republican on the intelligence panel and a major ally of Trump
Harvey, an employee of Nunes who worked on the National Security Council early in the Trump government, passed notes to the Republicans when Fiona Hill, a former deputy adviser to the president's National Security, was questioned in the investigation.
Harvey is a former US Army officer who worked with retired General David Petraeus during the US troops in Iraq.
President Trump has repeatedly insisted that the whistleblower be unmasked.
& # 39; Where is the whistleblower? Just read the transcript, everything else was made up by Shifty Schiff and the Never Trumpers!, & He tweeted Tuesday morning.
In an attempt to mitigate Republican criticism that the investigation did not yield the correct Trump trial, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi explained legislation that could be voted on this week, setting up a two-stage trial for the investigation (shown on Sunday evening in Washington DC)
In search of republican criticism that the investigation did not yield the correct Trump process, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi imposed legislation that could be voted on this week, setting up a two-stage process for the investigation.
In the first case, the House Intelligence Committee would continue its investigation, including through public hearings, with the right to make public transcripts of private statements.
The intelligence panel would then send a public report on its findings to the House Judiciary Committee, which would conduct its own proceedings and report on & # 39; s such resolutions, accusation articles or other recommendations it deems appropriate & # 39 ;.
A lawyer for Trump could participate in proceedings in the Judicial Committee, which could ultimately vote for formal charges against the Republican President. House passage of articles of deposition would lead to a trial in the Republican-led Senate about whether or not to remove Trump.
At a press conference before the measure was unveiled, Republican leader Kevin McCarthy of the House said the entire process remained a sham.
Referring to closed meetings and statements from the House Intelligence, Oversight and Foreign Affairs panels in recent weeks, McCarthy said: “You can't put the ghost back in the bottle. Due process starts at the beginning. & # 39;
The White House took a similar position.
& # 39; Speaker Pelosi's resolution confirms that House Democrats' accusation has been an illicit sham right from the start because a House vote was not properly authorized & # 39 ;, said White House spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham.
However, accusation differs a lot from legal proceedings and does not fall under the same rules.
The US constitution gives the House a broad power to establish basic rules for an investigation into allegations, and Democrats say they follow the House rules on investigations.
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