House Intelligence Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff warned Republicans that they would be the subjects of an Ethics Committee probe if they attempted to find out the identity of the whistleblower during the impeachment hearings, according to The DailyMail.
“Schiff conveyed the warning in a memo he penned for committee members on the eve of the first block-buster hearing, which begins Wednesday morning,” the DailyMail reported.
The memo was in order to inform his Republican counterparts that the kind of conduct they had promised, which would lead to the revelation of the whistleblower, would not be tolerated by Schiff. Additionally, he was unwilling to confirm that he would hear from Republican witnesses, saying only that he would give them “due consideration.”
“Schiff, who began the impeachment inquiry after hearing a whistle-blower complaint from an official who went to the inspector general for the intelligence community, also provided a warning to lawmakers,” the DailyMail reported.
“He said the committee will not facilitate efforts to ‘threaten, intimidate, or retaliate against the whistle-blower,’ after Democrats accused Republicans of using closed-door questioning to ferret out information on the whistle-blower.”
Schiff then cited House official Code of Official Conduct for Members of Congress which contains a vague provision that would require members of the House to conduct themselves in a way that “shall reflect creditably on the House.”
“The Committee on Ethics has historically viewed this provision as ‘encompassing violations of law and abuses of one’s official position,” Schiff noted. He also pointed to the U.S. code on “prohibited practices” in the intelligence community, which included blocking punishment against whistle-blowers.”
However, according to the first daughter, Ivanka Trump on Friday, the identity of the whistleblower is irrelevant, since their intent is much more important.
The DailyMail reported that Trump is echoing her father, President Donald Trump’s opinion that the whistleblower is attempting to help overturn the 2016 presidential election. However, in an interview with The Associated Press, she disagreed with her presidential dad saying that the identity was “not particularly relevant.”
“The Republican president and some of his allies have been pressing the news media to publicize the whistleblower’s name, but Ivanka Trump said the person’s motives were more important. And she declined to speculate on what they may have been,” the DailyMail reported.
“The whistleblower shouldn’t be a substantive part of the conversation,” Ivanka Trump told the AP, saying the person “did not have firsthand information.”
Written by Savannah Pointer.