House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff said he may not ask the anonymous CIA whistleblower to testify before his panel.
The story: The whistleblower, The whistleblower, who has ties to both Biden and Schiff, filed a complaint with the House Intel Committee in August over Trump’s July 25 phone call to Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky, in which Trump discussed the possibility of investigating the activities of Biden and his son in the country.
In an appearance on CBS’ “Face The Nation” on Sunday, Schiff said his committee might not call on the whistleblower to testify if they cannot guarantee their safety and said testimony from the whistleblower(s) might not be necessary, as reported by the Washington Examiner.
“Our primary interest right now is making sure that that person is protected,” Schiff said. “Indeed, now there is more than one whistleblower, that they are protected. And given that we already have the call record, we don’t need the whistleblower, who wasn’t on the call, to tell us what took place during the call. We have the best evidence of that.”
“We do want to make sure that we identify other evidence that is pertinent to the withholding of the military support, the effort to cover this up by hiding this up in a classified computer system. We want to make sure that we uncover the full details about the conditionality of either the military aid or that meeting with Ukraine president,” he said. “It may not be necessary to take steps that might reveal the whistleblower’s identity to do that, and we’re going to make sure to protect that whistleblower.”
Schiff later admitted that he should’ve been straightforward about his panel’s contact with the whistleblower before the complaint was filed.
“I should have been much more clear,” Schiff said during the interview. “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 have been much more clear about that.”