Chuck Ross on November 20, 2019
The FBI reached out last month to the CIA analyst who filed a whistleblower complaint against President Trump, according to reports.
Yahoo! News reports that an FBI agent from the Washington, D.C. field office contacted the whistleblower’s lawyers, seeking an interview.
An interview has not been scheduled, and it is unclear whether the whistleblower will agree to a meeting, according to Yahoo!
CNN also reported that the FBI reached out to the whistleblower, who filed a complaint against Trump on Aug. 12 that raised concerns about a July 25 phone call that Trump had with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
The whistleblower was not on the call, but relayed concerns from White House officials who were.
House Democrats and the whistleblower’s lawyers have tried to limit speculation about the identity of the whistleblower.
On Tuesday, Rep. Adam Schiff shut down Republicans when they asked Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, a National Security Council official, about an intelligence officer he said he spoke with on July 26, a day after Trump’s call with Zelensky.
“Lieutenant Colonel Vindman, did you discuss the July 25th phone call with anyone outside the White House on July 25th or the 26th and if so with whom?” Nunes asked Vindman, who was one of a handful of officials who listened in on the Trump-Zelensky call.
“Yes. I did,” said Vindman, who went on to say that he spoke to two U.S. government officials about the call.
Schiff interrupted Nunes when he asked what agencies the officials were with.
When Nunes protested, Schiff responded that “we need to protect the whistleblower.”
“Please stop,” he said when Nunes protested again.
“I want to make sure that there is no effort to out the whistleblower through these proceedings. If the witness has a good faith belief that this may reveal the identity of the whistleblower, that is not the purpose that we’re here for. I want to advise the witness accordingly.”
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Shelby Talcott on November 20, 2019
Former national security adviser Michael Anton suggested Wednesday the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump looks “like an inside job” lawmakers unhappy with the president manufactured.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff interrupted Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman’s testimony during an impeachment hearing Tuesday and cited an effort to protect a whistleblower.
“It looks like an inside job of a bunch of career bureaucrats getting together and saying, ‘We’ve wanted to impeach this guy for three years. How do we do it? Oh wait, I think we’ve found a way. Here’s the issue,’” Anton, a former National Security Council (NSC) spokesman, said to WMAL’s “Mornings on the Mall” co-hosts Vince Coglianese and Mary Walter Wednesday.
“It just looks phony, and that’s what they’re trying to avoid coming out,” he added.
“I think the reason they don’t want him to say it is not so much to protect the whistleblower’s identity, whoever it is, it’s to protect the phony veneered process that they used to get this impeachment hearing going,” Anton said.
Schiff, a California Democrat, interrupted Vindman Tuesday after the latter said he told an “unnamed official” within the intelligence community about Trump’s July phone call with Ukraine’s president. GOP California Rep. Devin Nunes, the ranking member of the intelligence committee, was questioning Vindman at the time.
After Schiff’s interruption, Vindman refused to “answer specific questions about members of the intelligence community,” the NSC aide said. The interruption caused a stir in the day’s impeachment testimony, as many people could be heard vocally protesting Schiff’s actions.
Many questioned Schiff’s move, particularly after the whistleblower’s lawyer Mark S. Zaid tweeted Monday to “#ProtectTheWhistleblower” ahead of Vindman’s testimony. The tweet came alongside a CNN comment noting there could be a “contentious flareup” during Vindman’s testimony when Republicans ask him about the Ukraine phone call.
The Daily Caller News Foundation journalist Chuck Ross noted that Zaid’s tweet “suggests” the person Vindman spoke to on the call could be the whistleblower.
Schiff did not allow Republicans to establish if Vindman was a source for the whistleblower, a move that Ross added could be an issue. He tweeted Tuesday that it is “circular reporting.” Walter echoed this Wednesday and noted the moment suggested Vindman had spoken to the whistleblower and had given the person information.
Things got a little testy at Tuesday morning’s impeachment hearing when House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff was accused of lying about knowing the identity of the whistleblower.
The exchange came during testimony by Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman, Democrat witness and top Ukraine expert on the National Security Council.
Following interruption by Vindman’s attorney during testimony, Schiff declared that “this committee will not be used to out the whistleblower.”
Jordan responded by saying his line of questioning was not designed to out the whistleblower, an individual whom Schiff has denied knowing the identity of.
“You have said you don’t know who the whistleblower is – even though no one believes you,” Jordan shot back at the California Democrat.
JIM JORDAN NUKES SCHIFF ON LIVE TV
Jordan was asking about who was leaking national security information.
Schiff stops him to “protect the whistleblower”
Jordan to Schiff:
“You have said you don’t know who the whistleblower is – even though no one believes you.”
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) November 19, 2019
Why Did Jordan Jab Schiff?
Aside from the fact that it’s always satisfying to see Republicans taking shots at Schiff whose role as Chairman should be relinquished based on his partisan hackery, the exchange highlights a very important point.
Schiff is, in fact, lying about not knowing the whistleblower.
The Democrat insisted this was the case at a hearing last week saying, “I do not know the identity of the whistleblower and I’m determined to make sure that identity is protected.”
Jordan is right in saying nobody believes Schiff. Nobody believed him prior to today’s hearing because his staff coordinated with the whistleblower. And nobody believes him now because of the following exchange …
Nunes: “What agency was this individual from?”
Schiff: “If I could interject here, we don’t want to these proceedings –”
Nunes: “It’s our time –”
— The Hill (@thehill) November 19, 2019
Huh. How could Schiff possibly have known who Vindman was talking about here if he doesn’t know the identity of the whistleblower? At a bare minimum, he knows that Vindman knows who the whistleblower is and certainly became concerned that his statements were going to reveal his identity.
Jordan should subpoena Schiff to testify.
They Got Caught
Vindman and Schiff both got caught during the exchange with Rep. Devin Nunes. Schiff, as we already mentioned, and Vindman who stated in his deposition that he didn’t know the identity of the whistleblower – A man who the Political Insider has already identified as CIA officer Eric Ciaramella, a registered Democrat who worked with former Vice President Joe Biden and former CIA Director John Brennan.
Watch how he clams up after Nunes asks, “How it is possible for you to name these people and then out the whistleblower?”
This exact moment is when we know the impeachment hearings are a farce:
Schiff, Vindman: We do not know the identity of the whistleblower
GOP: So how will you know if we name him?
Schiff, Vindman: STOP ASKING QUESTIONS! HE’S A GREAT GUY. IT HURTS HIS FEELINGS pic.twitter.com/6Fn0n5dzO4
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) November 19, 2019
In a span of just a few minutes, Vindman avoided answering that question by insisting Nunes refer to him by rank, then repeatedly saying his counsel has advised him not to answer.
“Are you aware that this is the Intelligence Committee that’s conducting this impeachment hearing?” Nunes quipped. “Wouldn’t the appropriate place for you to come to testify would be the Intelligence Committee about someone within the intelligence community?”
Jordan and Nunes clearly outed Vindman and Schiff as liars during today’s hearing. Nobody, as Jordan states, believes them.
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Chuck Ross on November 18, 2019
- Kash Patel, an official on the National Security Council, is suing Politico for defamation, and accusing the news outlet of colluding with Rep. Adam Schiff.
- Patel alleged in a lawsuit filed Monday that Politico published two defamatory articles about him that were based on leaks of inaccurate information provided during the Trump impeachment inquiry in October.
- Two witnesses testified that Patel provided documents to Trump regarding Ukraine, Politico reported.
A National Security Council official who has long been a target of Democrats is accusing Rep. Adam Schiff of colluding with Politico to publish what he said is a false story about his contacts with President Donald Trump, according to a lawsuit filed Monday.
Kash Patel, who serves as a senior counterterrorism official on the NSC, is suing the Virginia-based Politico for $25 million for defamation over two articles published in October alleging he served as a back-channel to Trump on Ukraine-related issues.
“Defendants’ reporting was categorically and knowingly false,” Patel stated in the lawsuit, which was filed against Politico and its owner, Robert Allbritton.
“Defendants intentionally employed a scheme or artifice to defame Kash with the intent to undermine the President’s confidence in Kash and to further Schiff’s impeachment inquisition,” Patel stated in the lawsuit, which was first reported by Fox News.
Patel said Politico and its reporter, Natasha Bertrand, “colluded, collaborated and conspired with Schiff to defame” him in articles published Oct. 23 and Oct. 30.
Bertrand reported that Patel was involved in “passing negative information” to Trump about Ukraine on Oct. 23. She reported Oct. 30 that Vindman, who serves as the NSC director on Ukraine, testified that Patel “misrepresented” himself to Trump.
But Patel is vehemently denying having contact with Trump regarding Ukraine.
“At no time prior to October 30, 2019 had Kash ever communicated with the President on any matters involving Ukraine. Kash never supplied any Ukraine ‘materials’ to the President,” the lawsuit stated.
Patel has long been a target of House Democrats, thanks in large part to his previous work for House Intelligence Committee Republicans looking into the origins of the Trump-Russia investigation. Patel led the push to uncover documents related to the Steele dossier, which the FBI used to obtain spy warrants against a Trump campaign adviser.
Patel was also an author of the so-called Nunes memo, which accused the FBI of withholding information about dossier author Christopher Steele in applications to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.
Transcripts of Hill and Vindman’s testimony, which Democrats released earlier in November, were far less definitive about whether Patel actually met with Trump or provided anyone information about Ukraine.
Hill said she came to suspect Patel might be meeting with Trump about Ukraine after having a change encounter with someone at the White House’s Executive Secretariat. Hill, who left the White House in July, said someone in the office of the Executive Secretariat said Trump wanted to meet with the director of Ukraine policy.
The staffer then said, “Yeah, so, I mean, we might be reaching out to Kash,” Hill testified.
Hill said she was confused because Ukraine was not one of Patel’s areas of focus at the NSC. She testified that she instructed her staff to keep an eye on Patel. She also raised the issue with Charles Kupperman, who served as deputy national security adviser.
But Hill also testified that she had no direct insight into whether Patel met with Trump or provided him with Ukraine-related documents. She said she did not ever see the material that Patel was supposedly handling.
She said only that she “was led to believe” from her “very brief” interaction with the Executive Secretariat that Patel handled materials that were given to Trump.
Vindman’s claim that Patel “misrepresented” himself to Trump is based solely on information from Hill.
“Outside of what Dr. Hill relayed to me, I had no other basis on which to make that assessment,” he said when asked what he knew about Patel allegedly misrepresenting himself as Ukraine director.
“That was a single I guess data point,” he added.
Schiff’s office did not respond to questions about Patel’s allegations. Politico did not immediately respond to the Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment.
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Chris White on November 18, 2019
President Donald Trump said Monday that he will “strongly consider” testifying in the House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry.
“Even though I did nothing wrong, and don’t like giving credibility to this No Due Process Hoax, I like the idea & will, in order to get Congress focused again, strongly consider it!” the president said in a tweet, referring to his possible testimony.
Our Crazy, Do Nothing (where’s USMCA, infrastructure, lower drug pricing & much more?) Speaker of the House, Nervous Nancy Pelosi, who is petrified by her Radical Left knowing she will soon be gone (they & Fake News Media are her BOSS), suggested on Sunday’s DEFACE THE NATION….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 18, 2019
The comment came after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi suggested on Sunday’s “Face the Nation” that the president could “come right before the committee and talk … or he could do it in writing.”
The Trump administration is directing officials not to comply with the inquiry, which sprang up after Trump requested Ukraine’s president investigate former Vice President Joe Biden’s son’s business ties in the country. House Democrats voted in support of an impeachment inquiry in October.
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