During Tuesday’s edition of the impeachment hearings, Rep. Jim Jordan was cut off during his questioning for one witness who was speaking about the now-infamous phone call between President Donald Trump and the president of Ukraine.
When asked who he had conveyed information from the call too, the witness said that he had only conveyed the information to two individuals, one that he was willing to name, and the other he was not.
“And you’re not willing to tell us who that other individual is?” Jordan pointedly asked.
The Ohio Republican was immediately interrupted on a “point of order” which was reportedly connected to security surrounding the question that he had asked.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff responded to that point saying, “As I said before, this committee will not be used to out the whistleblower.”
After Jordan asked that his time be stopped, which it seemingly was not, Schiff yielded the floor back to Jordan, who said that he did “see how this is outing the whistleblower.”
“The witness has testified in his deposition that he doesn’t know who the whistleblower is, you have testified, even though no one believes you, you have said you don’t know who the whistleblower is, so how is this outing the whistleblower to find out who this individual is?”
Schiff responded with silence to begin with but eventually said, “Mr. Jordan, this is your time for questioning, you can use it any time any way you wish, but your questions should be addressed at the witness, and your questions shouldn’t be used to try and out the whistleblower.”
Previously, Schiff was questioned by Jordan who wanted information about the chairman’s lack of information about the whistleblower who brought about the hearing:
“Just to ask a clarifying question, do you anticipate on when we might vote on the ability to have the whistleblower in front of us, something you. Of the 435 members of congress, you are the only member who knows who that individual is,” Jordan said.
“And your staff is the only staff of any member of congress that has had a chance to talk with that individual, we would like that opportunity. When might that happen in that proceedings today?
“As the gentleman knows that is a false statement,” Schiff said in reply to Jordan’s accusation. “I do not know the identity of the whistleblower and I’m determined to make sure that identity is protected.”
Schiff, however, has been forced to admit in the past that he was somewhat disingenuous about his relationship with the whistleblower who has brought accusations against President Donald Trump.
Almost exactly a month ago, Schiff was called out just this issue when he was caught in what many considered an outright lie:
“I should have been much more clear and I said so the minute it was brought to my attention,” Schiff told CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday, The New York Post reported.
“I was referring to the fact that when the whistleblower filed the complaint, we had not heard from the whistleblower. We wanted to bring the whistleblower in at that time. But I should’ve been much more clear about that.”
Schiff was widely criticized for his statement about his lack of interaction with the person who claimed that the president made an incriminating phone call to the president of Ukraine, asking for assistance with investigating one of his political foes.
Written by Savannah Pointer.