Adam Schiff said on Wednesday that he did not know the name of the whistleblower who started the formal investigation into Donald Trump and destroyed the republican attempts to expel the person.
& # 39; I don't know the whistleblower identity. "I am determined to ensure that identity is protected," said Schiff at the first public hearing on the trial of accusation.
His remarks came when Republican lawmakers insisted on voting about bringing in the whistleblower before them to testify.
Adam Schiff said he did not know the name of the whistleblower who started the formal investigation into Donald Trump's accusation
House republicans, including Rep. Jim Jordan, urged Schiff to call in the whistleblower for questioning
& # 39; I am trying to submit a motion that we summoned the whistleblower for an explanation of the closed door, so the questions rightly asked by the whistleblower on our side and which can be asked on your side, & # 39; requested Texas Republican congressman Mike Conaway in the first hour of the House Public Hearing of the Intelligence Commission.
& # 39; I would rather refer than that it is your only decision, that you seek the committee, & # 39; Conaway said to Schiff.
Schiff, as chairman of the panel, has the authority to summon each witness and to make a ruling on republican requests for summons. Schiff said the committee would vote on calling on future witnesses, which means that, given the majority of Democrats in the panel, Republican requests are likely to fail.
& # 39; It will not be my only decision. We will receive a motion to summon each witness after the witnesses have had the opportunity to testify, & Schiff said.
And Republican Congressman Jim Jordan, a loyal Trump ally Republicans who set up the intelligence committee to boost their president's defense, demanded that Schiff share the whistleblower's identity with the rest of the panel.
& # 39; You are the only member who knows who that person is, & # 39; Jordan Schiff accused. & # 39; Your staff is the only staff of a congressman who has had the opportunity to talk to that person. We want that opportunity. When could that happen today in this procedure? & # 39;
That was when Schiff denied knowing the whistleblower's identity, and Jordan said he had made a false statement.
& # 39; That is a false statement. I don't know the whistleblower identity, & Schiff said.
Democrats have argued that the whistleblower has become irrelevant in the investigation of allegations, as witnesses have confirmed the whistleblower's original report and revealed even more information.
However, Republicans have insisted on the person to testify on Capitol Hill.
President Trump also called for the whistleblower's identity to be revealed.
On Wednesday, the president retweeted a tweet of home republicans with a clip from Jordan asking Schiff about the whistleblower.
White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham told DailyMail.com that President Trump was working in the Oval Office and not watching the hearings.
The latest fraca came at Wednesday's first public hearing, where Bill Taylor, the US top diplomat in Ukraine, and George Kent, deputy assistant state secretary, testified.
On Friday, the former US ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch, will testify in public.
Scheduled to testify publicly next week are Pence Assistant Jennifer Williams and National Security Council employee Alexander Vindman on Tuesday morning with former Ukraine Special Envoy Kurt Volker and former Deputy NSA Tim Morrison appearing Tuesday afternoon. On Wednesday morning, Ambassador to the EU will be Gordon Sondland with Laura Cooper and staff member David Hale of the Defense Department that afternoon. On Thursday, former deputy NSA Fiona Hill, a deputy member of former NSA John Bolton, will appear.
Republican representative Mike Conaway asked Schiff to sue the whistleblower
Allegedly some members of the staff of the intelligence committee met the whistleblower, who reportedly contacted an employee of the intelligence committee before submitting their formal complaint.
The assistant suggested that the whistleblower hire a lawyer in accordance with committee procedures and met an inspector general with whom the person could file an official whistleblower complaint, The New York Times reported.
But the assistant would not have given Schiff the identity of the whistleblower, even when the assistant shared the person's concerns.
The whistleblower is said to be a male CIA officer who was detailed at the White House but has returned to the office.
The person was not on the July 25 call between President Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, but his report – based on second knowledge that was later confirmed by witnesses in the hearings with deposits – led speaker Nancy Pelosi to conduct the formal investigation accusations against Trump.
The whistleblower had filed a complaint with inspector general for the intelligence community Michael Atkinson.
The IG did not forward the complaint to Congress, but – because the whistleblower had spoken to a committee assistant – Schiff and his staff had a good idea of what the complaint contained.
Schiff went public with the existence of the complaint and argued that Congress should receive a copy.
That led to additional reports on the Trump government's dealings with Ukraine, including the allegation that the President withheld nearly $ 400 million in US aid until Ukraine agreed to Joe and Hunter Biden and their ties with Burisma, a Ukrainian gas company where Hunter Biden, investigating, investigating had been on the board, and other allegations about the 2016 elections.
A name has been promoted as part of the internet as a whistleblower.
Donald Trump Jr. tweeted the name last week and defended his move and told the hosts of & # 39; The View & # 39; that he thought it was already becoming a household name.
& # 39; I didn't even know this thing was a kind of big secret! & # 39; he said.
Trump Jr. tweeted a link to an article published on the Breitbart news website, in which a man was mentioned in a headline that, according to the online outlet, is the whistleblower, and said that he was a & # 39; private & # 39; no law violates the name.
Don Jr. claimed to have his & # 39; first editing rights & # 39; by putting the alleged whistleblower in a tweet
The Federal Whistleblower Protection Act of 1989 prohibits the U.S. Office of Special Counsel to disclose the identity of a whistleblower, but does not extend to people outside the government.
DailyMail.com does not publish the name that has been the subject of controversy because the identity cannot be independently verified.
Republican Senator Rand Paul last week during a campaign meeting with President Trump in Kentucky urged the media to name the whistleblower.
& # 39; I'm saying to the media tonight, doing your job and printing his name!, & # 39; he said.