Democrats Vote Against Requiring Adam Schiff to Testify in Impeachment Inquiry

Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee killed a motion to call House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff to testify in the impeachment inquiry, given how central his office has been in the whistleblower complaint that sparked the inquiry in the first place.

Republican Doug Collins motioned to require Schiff to testify before the House Judiciary Committee, transmitting a letter requesting the same.

Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler recognized a Democrat who made another motion to postpone Collins’ motion.

RELATED: Schiff Suddenly Indicates Trump’s Phone Transcript Is Enough, No Need for Whistleblower to Testify

Strict Party Line Vote

That’s when Democrats voted to table the motion–and Republicans predictably voted against doing so .

The strict party line vote was 24-17.

Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee had requested Schiff testify during the early phases of the impeachment inquiry, after it was revealed that the whistleblower had contacted Schiff’s committee before lodging his complaint.

According to the New York Times, the whistleblower contacted a Schiff aide before filing the complaint, and the aide told the whistleblower to get legal representation and then file a formal complaint. The aide also sent the “outlines” of the whistleblower’s complaint to Schiff, reported the Times.

Shady Schiff

When Schiff finally disclosed the existence of the whistleblower complaint, he also demanded that the Inspector General to hand the complaint over to Congress.

Originally, Schiff denied he or his office ever communicated with the whistleblower before he filed the complaint. The Democrat’s staff later walked back his comments, claiming he meant that there was never a formal interview with the whistleblower, and that Schiff had never met with the person himself.

RELATED: Schiff Warns GOP: Name Whistleblower In Public Hearings, And Face Possible Ethics Probe

Schiff continues to deny knowing the whistleblower’s identity, but has stopped Republicans questioning witnesses on who they spoke with in the intelligence community about concerns that President Trump was withholding aid from Ukraine allegedly as political leverage to spy on Joe Biden.

At first, Schiff said he would have the whistleblower in to testify, then later changed his mind, saying it was not necessary. To date, Schiff has refused to call the whistleblower in to testify despite Republican requests.

If articles of impeachment on Trump is voted on by the House and it then heads to the Senate, Republicans would be able to request that Schiff testify.

John Hanson

is a professional writer and editor with over 15 years of experience in conservative media and Republican politics. He has been a special guest on Fox News, Sirius XM, appeared as the guest of various popular personalities, and has had a lifelong interest in right-leaning politics.

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  • the only, i repeat, the only way to get them to tell any truth, would be to hook them up to a polygraph while on the stand, and a machine to give them a shock also would be good.

  • the only, i repeat, the only way to get them to tell any truth, would be to hook them up to a polygraph while on the stand, and a machine to give them a shock also would be good.

  • Isn't this Schiff's show?
    How could he not speak up for his own damn inquiry?
    There needs to be consequences for this waste of time. I say we fine the Senators 60% of their net worth.

  • Why can't I lie, too? I would be fired immediately. Schiff and many other Democrats are ALLOWED to do it. Hell, I think I'll run for representative.

  • They act this way out of fear. They know what is coming. Last count I heard is 130,000 sealed indictments.

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