Schiff, House Democrats Conceal Testimony Of 18th Witness From Trump Team

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Schiff, House Democrats Conceal Testimony Of 18th Witness From Trump Team

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Schiff, House Democrats Conceal Testimony Of 18th Witness From Trump Team

Rep. Adam B. Schiff and his fellow colleagues on the House impeachment management team spent nearly 24 hours last week repeatedly hyping the testimony from 17 witnesses interviewed during the House’s impeachment inquiry.

But they seem to have forgotten all about the testimony from an 18th witness.

Michael Atkinson, the intelligence community’s inspector general, delivered 179-pages worth of testimony before House investigators. Atkinson, it turns out, has direct knowledge of the origins of a complaint from a whistleblower that kicked off the whole impeachment probe.

While Schiff and his colleagues talk openly about the testimony of the 17 witnesses, members of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence who interviewed Atkinson are not permitted to talk about the IG’s testimony.

But Republicans on that committee say his testimony should see the light of day.

“The reason it hasn’t been released is it’s not helpful to Adam Schiff. It is not helpful to the whistleblower,” said Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-TX). And Ratcliffe knows: he is among the lawmakers who attended the October interview of Atkinson. “It raises credibility issues about both of them.”

Schiff, Ratcliffe said, “is trying to bury that transcript.”

Because Atkinson’s testimony has been deemed classified, only members of the House intelligence committee have seen it, and President Trump’s legal team has not been allowed to view the transcript.

It is denied a copy.

Atkinson’s interview before House lawmakers covered the origins of the whistleblower complaint that led to the two articles of impeachment, the Washington Times reported. “Mr. Trump’s supporters charge that the whistleblower was part of a scheme to take down the president and that the complaint was coordinated by Mr. Schiff, chairman of the intelligence committee and the lead House impeachment manager prosecuting the case.”

Mr. Schiff denies he had contact with the whistleblower, but it was later revealed that his staff met with the whistleblower before the complaint was filed with Mr. Atkinson. The whistleblower is said to be a CIA analyst assigned to the White House who has ties to the Democratic Party and Mr. Biden.

Mr. Atkinson met with Mr. Schiff and his committee in October to discuss the whistleblower complaint in detail. House and Senate members were first briefed about the complaint when news of the whistleblower became public in September.

But the closed-door committee session remains a focus of House Republicans with knowledge of the interview.

Ratcliffe said Republicans have demanded that the transcript of the interview be released, noting that Atkinson identifies other fact witnesses in his testimony.

“It addresses the issue about contacts between Schiff, his staff and the whistleblower, and what the inspector general knows about that. So those are material facts that should be talked about, but Adam Schiff has prevented that,” Ratcliffe told The Washington Times.

“His testimony was noticed three days after the impeachment inquiry was announced. There is a 179-page transcript of questions and the IG’s answers under oath … same as with the impeachment inquiry interviews and depositions,” Ratcliffe said.

Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) agrees with Ratcliffe. “We should be allowed to take a look at that, but again they have stated numerous times in their brief they had overwhelming evidence — it would be so clear to everyone — and I haven’t seen that yet,” she said.

On Sunday, Trump weighed in on the testimony via Twitter.

“Why didn’t Schiff release this?” Trump wrote.



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  1. If it is ever proved that this farcical impeachment was contrived for only one reason: to remove duly elected President Trump because they do not like his success for Americans and his methods, far more efficient and effective than their own for DECADES, I consider that proof and an act of high treason as Schiff implied earlier we, the people are neither bright enough or worthy to determine our OWN leadershiip, then he and all involved should be arrested, indicted, charged, tried and if found guilty after a trial by a jury of peers in full exercise of DUE PROCESS they have denied to ALL who oppose them on any level, punished to the fullest extent of the penalties provided! And the authority for this would come from several sources, I’m sure but, the most condemning one would be Chapter 18 of the U.S. Code which defines what constitutes acts of sedition and high treason and ALSO provides the penalties for those found guilty of them! THAT would be true justice and not the Kangaroo court witch hunt the Commiecrats have conducted since 19 minutes after Trump was sworn in on 20 January of 2017. If this does then NOT qualify as a New World Order cabal , a pure and simple act of Treason: What the hell does? We have been flooded with illegals, drugs human traffickers, foreign diseases, infiltrators from groups inimical to this country and what values it once had and a murderous Hispanic gang, MS-13 that recruits AMERICAN kids as young as 11 years of age by rites of murder or be murdered and, not so long ago , Pelosi defended these savages as “God’s Children! All this because of the POLICIES of the Progressive Democratic bowel movement They make me SICK! DO ANY OF YOU CONSTITUTIONALLY7 LOYAL AND EITHER NATIVE BORN OR NATURALIZED LEGALLY AS AMERICAN CITIZENS WISH THIS CABAL TO CONTINUE? I DO NOT: AND I AM A 75 YEAR OLD VIETNAM DISABLED VETERAN WHO FOUGHT TO PRESERVE ALL THESE TRAITORS WOULD DESTROY. THEY BELONG IN PRISON OR WORSE; NEVER OFFICE AND I HAVE HAD A DEGREE IN GOVERNMENT FOR 53 YEARS, TWO OF THEM AFTER VIETNAM AS STAFF AT THE FORMER WALTER REED ARMY MEDICAL CENTER IN WASHINGTON, D.C.AND THE PLACE WAS A SWAMP THEN, IN 1969, BUT IS A THOUSAND TIMES WORSE. TODAY. THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NOTHING OF INTEGRITY IN ANY DEMOCRAT AND I AM AN INDEPENDENT, AFFILIATED WITH NEITHER PARTY BECAUSE HARD EXPERIENCE HAS TOLD ME NEITHER CAN BE TRUSTED TO DO WHAT IS RIGHT FOR US ALL! TRUMP AND MAGA 2020 AND STRICTLY ENFORCED TERM LIMITS ON THESE CRIMINALS, AS THAT IS WHAT THEIR PITIFUL PERFORMANCE RECORDS ARE PROVING THEM TO BE!

  2. These treasonous hypocrite libs(lying sack of Schiff) don’t know the meaning of the truth! They are at it again and just as mentally deranged as the rest of the Globalists NAZI Muslim Commie Liberal Demoncrats! Deep State, Pelosi, Waters, Schumer, Hollywood, Academia, Fake News, Swamp News and you know the rest!! ‪Expose, Boycott, Sue, prosecute and bring to justice all these lying Fake News deep state treasonous Godless NAZI commie liberal demoncrats and RINOs (Mutt Romney, Susan Collins, Murkowski and you know the rest of the traitors) post-haste,Patriots! Drain the rat infested swamp President Trump!‬

  3. He didn’t release it because it would prove his entire impeachment process was tainted. He is withholding evidence and should be prosecuted for literal obstruction of justice. When oh when will these demomcrats be expose for the coup they are perpetrating! No Justice, No Peace!

  4. Lets make a deal: Schiff releases the the complete testimony of Atkinson in exchange for McConnell calling for the release of the documents Trump is holding.

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  6. Schifty, Pelostitutte, and gang should be arrested for fraud and jailed for ten years.
    They have abused Pres. Trump. Now it is his turn to go after their illegal means and waste of taxpayers
    contributions to their crooked and illegal escapades. Shame on them. Why cannot the Justice Department go after these useless bureaucrats who have not accomplished any benefits for the U.S. taxpayers?

    Raul Quadros, Dallas, TX.

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