Trump Sycophant Lindsey Graham Says ‘Whistleblower’ Is From the ‘Deep State’

Clay Curtis
November 11, 2019

Echoing his prior claim that the whistleblower testimony is no longer necessary, Schiff said other witnesses and documents do "not only confirm but far exceed the initial information in the whistleblower's complaint".

It would be unfair if the person who started the impeachment inquiry didn't testify, Graham said.

House Republicans are on the offensive demanding Hunter Biden and the Ukrainian phone call whistleblower to testify for the impeachment inquiry.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) speaks to the media after President Donald Trump delivered remarks on the death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, at the White House in Washington on October 27, 2019.

"I think we should be protecting the identity of the whistleblower", Hurd said on "Fox News Sunday".

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., said in a statement Saturday that Democrats would evaluate the requests but that the impeachment probe "will not serve.as a vehicle to undertake the same sham investigations" into the Bidens or the 2016 campaign, or to retaliate against the whistleblower.

Trump himself also added fuel to the fire by tweeting on Saturday that the mysterious whistleblower somehow disappeared and should be on the witnesses list for the hearing.

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House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., is expected to block that request. But the overall White House impeachment-defense strategy, which has included a furious personal focus by Trump on the individual behind the complaint, has prompted some unease in Republican ranks. "I do not believe it was impeachable", he told the show.

"I believe that it is inappropriate for a president to ask a foreign leader to investigate a political rival", said Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, on ABC's This Week. Ukrainian officials say Hunter Biden is not suspected of any wrongdoing. Trump has said he withheld the $400 million in aid to Ukraine because he was concerned the government was not doing enough to fight corruption.

"Well, because what's going to happen, when you find out who the whistleblower is, I'm confident you're going to find out it's somebody from the deep state", Graham said.

One Democratic member of the House Intelligence Committee, also interviewed on Fox, suggested that the main consideration in summoning witnesses should be whether they had "knowledge or evidence about the president's conduct" in regard to Ukraine.

Another Democrat on the Intelligence Committee, Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney of NY, also rejected the call for Hunter Biden to testify.

"We expect that you will call each of the witnesses listed above to ensure that the Democrats" "impeachment inquiry' treats the President with fairness, as promised by Speaker Pelosi", Nunes warned, clearly aware the request was likely to be denied.

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