Yesterday, Adam Schiff had to deal with questions regarding his own shady behavior in the impeachment set up, and he responded in typical fashion… by refusing to answer the question and claiming he was being ‘smeared.’
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.
Schiff did say:
“First of all, there have been a lot of attacks on my staff, and as I said when this issue came up earlier, I’m appalled at some of the smearing of some of the professional people that work for the intelligence committee.
“Now this question refers to allegations in a newspaper article which are circulating smears on my staff and ask me to respond to those smears and I will not dignify those smears on my staff by giving them any credence whatsoever. Nor will I share any information that I believe could or could not lead to the identification of the whistleblower.”
He said it was “disgraceful” that the article was being used to “smear” his staff. He again claimed he did not know who the “whistleblower” was, and added, “It should be every one of us.”
Question asked about former NSC staff Sean Misko saying to the alleged Whistleblower “We need to do everything we can to take out the President” at an NSC meeting.
“Why did your committee hire Sean Misko the day after the phone call between President Trump and Zelensky?” pic.twitter.com/46F3N6FcwH
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) January 30, 2020
Johnson’s question referred to a recent RealClearInvestigations report in which Misko and the alleged whistleblower, CIA analyst Eric Ciaramella, were overheard expressing anger over Trump’s new “America First” foreign policy.
According to the report, two former co-workers said they overheard Ciaramella and Misko, close friends and Democrats, discussing how to “take out,” or remove, the new president from office within days of Trump’s inauguration.
Twitter users were less than sympathetic with Schiff’s side-step. Twitchy reported:
A large group of GOP senators did get to ask pretty much the same question Paul was asking, except they substituted “whistleblower” with the name. Did the whistleblower and other holdovers from the Obama NSC conspire with Schiff staffers in an attempt to impeach the president?
Schiff just about broke into tears over the smears against his staff — and once again claimed he doesn’t know who the whistleblower is.
.@RepAdamSchiff: “This question refers to allegation in a newspaper article which are circulating smears on my staff and ask me to respond to those smears. I will not dignify those smears on my staff by giving them any credence whatsoever.” pic.twitter.com/femseSnEDJ
— CSPAN (@cspan) January 30, 2020
I will not dignify those smears, meaning I won’t answer the question.
Again, The Washington Examiner reported in October on the alleged whistleblower’s ties to Biden:
Michael Atkinson, the Intelligence Community’s inspector general, told members of Congress that the whistleblower had a “professional tie” to a 2020 Democratic candidate. He had written earlier that while the whistleblower’s complaint was credible, he had shown “some indicia of an arguable political bias … in favor of a rival political candidate.”
As an experienced CIA official on the NSC with the deep knowledge of Ukraine that he demonstrated in his complaint, it is probable that the whistleblower briefed Biden and likely that he accompanied him on Air Force Two during at least one of the six visits the 2020 candidate made to the country.
So yes, there’s some concern the whistleblower might have had an agenda and conspired with Schiff and/or his staff.
Will his subpoena read ‘Whistleblower’?? 🤣
— Lissa Merriman (@lissasno1fan) January 30, 2020
Just like Adam Schiff has repeatedly smeared our President with false statements, even in this clip.
— Heather Sami (@wierfarmstudio) January 30, 2020
Schiff only been smearing Trump for 3 years.
— Merkabah3 (@Merkabah31) January 30, 2020
It’s interesting how much Adam Schiff wants us to dignify every smear circulating about our President, @realDonaldTrump.
— mo⭐️⭐️⭐️🇺🇸 (@LikesToKnowMore) January 30, 2020
But yet he smears the President every single waking moment of his life.
— Chaska (@ChaskaDaisy) January 30, 2020
— L L (@llggs5) January 30, 2020
It’s not a smear.. it is coordinated sedition…
Railing about the question instead of answering the question is proof of how touchy that subject…
— Steven Watson (@swatson69) January 30, 2020
He can’t answer because he keeps getting caught in his own lies
— Rick (@rickconner38) January 30, 2020
— Abe Lebowitz (@hwrdcook) January 30, 2020
NYT prints anything and we need witnesses. Now he is saying newspaper articles are a smear and do not deserve to be dignified with an answer. End this charade.
— Cheryl Adams (@AdamsOKLA) January 30, 2020
Schiff needs to testify under oath. He refuses to answer all questions related to the coordination of himself and the whistleblowers coordination to bring down Trump.
— Charles (@CharlesD1367) January 30, 2020
— Nina 🌮 Rosado (@NewBoard82) January 30, 2020
Why what are you trying to cover up Shifty? pic.twitter.com/ZZgf4gxWPY
— Jen ✝️ (@jen_myPsalms182) January 30, 2020
Oh whatever. 🙄 you have so much to hide and will go to full length to hide it.
— OkieMom (@OkieBearde2) January 30, 2020
You are obviously hiding something about that whistle blower. We the people want the bias explained. This partisan impeachment doesn’t pass the smell test.
— Camtini TEXT TRUMP #88022 (@MrsCamtini) January 30, 2020
Adam Schiff insults the intelligence of every single person watching this with this nonanswer and feigned indignation. This is the same man who said he had evidence of collusion we have yet to see. A conspiracy theory that has been debunked 50 times over.
— Dragon Empress (@DragonEmpress4) January 30, 2020
Whoa: CNN’s John King says Republicans have ‘a legitimate point’ in wanting the whistleblower to answer some questions https://t.co/rK4ycXSc4t
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) January 30, 2020