House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff clashed with Rep. Devin Nunes after it seemed that Nunes was close to reveal the identity of the whistleblower.
Nunes was questioning Alexander Vindman during a public hearing on the whistleblower who brought up concerns about a phone call between Trump and Zelensky.
Vindman said he had had discussions with two officials who were “properly cleared individuals with a need-to-know” basis regarding the call.
Vindman named these individuals as George Kent and another member in the intelligence community.
Nunes then asked at which intelligence agency the whistleblower works in. Schiff then immediately jumped in.
Schiff noted that he wanted to “make sure there is no effort to out the whistleblower through the use of these proceedings.“
“If the witness has a good faith belief that this may reveal the identity of the whistleblower, this is not the purpose that we are here for, and I want to advise the witness accordingly,” Schiff added.
Several GOP members seated in the public viewing gallery immediately reacted with an “Ah ha,” to Schiff’s interruption.
Nunes fired back, saying it was the GOP’s turn to question the witness, but Schiff was not having it. Both Schiff and Vindman’s lawyer said that the witness would not participate in the effort of revealing the identity of the whistleblower.
Vindman said that he did not know the identity of the whistleblower, but also noted that he had been “advised not to answer specific questions about members of the intelligence community.”
Nunes told Vindman that he could either “answer my question or plead the Fifth,” referring to the Fifth Amendment.
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