During Tuesday’s impeachment hearing, we may have only been seconds away from knowing the name of the whistleblower in the Ukraine call scandal.
Just as Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman was asked to reveal with whom he discussed President Trump’s phone call outside of his agency, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) scrambled to shut him down on the premise that he wanted to protect the whistleblower’s identity, Fox News reports.
Schiff has been adamant that he does not know who the whistleblower is, and Lt. Col. Vindman made a similar proclamation during his testimony.
However, if they do not know who the whistleblower is, how can they possibly know if the identity of that person has been revealed?
When former National Security Council official Tim Morrison originally testified, he was asked about the job performance of Vindman, whom he directly supervised. Morrison stated that there were concerns that Vindman had loose lips.
And when Vindman took the chair, this was something Republicans continued to pursue.
They wanted to find out exactly with whom Vindman discussed this phone call instead of talking to Morrison about it directly.
The moment of truth
For his part, Vindman read off a laundry list of people who he discussed the call with — including lawyers, George Kent, and one unnamed individual within the intelligence community.
When Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) followed up to find out for which intelligence community that individual worked, Schiff immediately jumped in to shut down the line of questioning, saying: “I want to make sure there’s no effort to out the whistleblower through the use of these proceedings.”
But again, how could the whistleblower be outed if nobody knows the identity of that individual?
Since the whistleblower came forward, there have been quite a few holes blown into his or her testimony, yet Schiff refuses to allow Republicans to talk to the person, even behind closed doors.
Thus far, nobody has been able to directly link the so-called “demand” for an investigation into the Bidens to the temporary withholding of aid to Ukraine — and it is long past time for the circus to end.