By Breitbart. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Ron Johnson (R-WI) and other Republican senators asked lead House impeachment manager Adam Schiff (D-CA) during the Senate impeachment trial Thursday why his committee hired Sean Misko, a former National Security Council staffer who was reportedly close to the alleged whistleblower, a day after the July 25 phone call between President Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
Chief Justice John Roberts said, reading the question submitted by Johnson and others:
Recent reporting described two NSC staff holdovers from the Obama administration attending an all-hands meeting of NSC staff held about two weeks into the Trump administration and talking loudly enough to be overheard, saying, ‘We need to do everything we can to take out the president.
On July 26, 2019, the House Intelligence Committee hired one of those individuals, Sean Misko. The report further describes relationships between Misko, Lt. Col. Vindman, and an individual alleged as the whistleblower. Why did your committee hire Sean Misko the day after the phone call between President Trump and Zelensky, and what role has he played throughout your committee’s investigation?
Schiff refused to answer any part of the question, claiming it was an attempt to smear his staff and out the whistleblower — whose identity he also claims he does not know. (Read more from “GOP Senators Ask Schiff Why He Hired Colleague of Alleged Whistleblower a Day After Trump-Zelensky Call” HERE)
Schiff Wants to Devote One Week to Hearing Impeachment Witnesses
By New York Post. Rep. Adam Schiff on Thursday delivered a last-minute pitch to have witnesses in President Trump’s Senate impeachment trial.
Schiff said that he wants one week devoted to closed-door depositions from witnesses in the trial as senators prepare to vote on the matter Friday.
“I will make an offer to opposing counsel, who says this will stretch on indefinitely if you decide to have a single witness,” Schiff, the lead House impeachment manager, told senators.
“Let’s cabin the depositions to one week. I think we can. I think we should. I think we must,” the California Democrat added.
Trump’s legal team and GOP senators have argued that allowing more witnesses would mean that the impeachment trial would drag on for weeks or longer. (Read more from “Schiff Wants to Devote One Week to Hearing Impeachment Witnesses” HERE)