House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) blocked the National Security Council staffer who testified to some members of Congress on Oct. 29 from answering some questions asked by Republican representatives, GOP members alleged.
Army Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman testified behind closed doors to Schiff and other members of Congress.
House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) and Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) said at a press conference that Schiff wouldnt allow Vindman to answer some questions from Republicans during the impeachment hearing.
“When we asked who he spoke to after important events in July—Adam Schiff says, no, no, no, were not going to let him answer that question,” Jordan said.
“Adam Schiff, among many things, has been trying to claim that this is a fair process by saying that Republicans are allowed to ask questions,” Scalise added.
“Now he gets to choose all the witnesses, and him and himself only, which means its not a fair process on the face. But even his claim now, that Republicans can ask questions, has been undermined because now hes directing witnesses not to answer questions that he doesnt want the witness to answer if theyre asked by Republicans.”
“Hes not cut off one Democrat, hes not interrupted one Democrat and told a witness not to answer Democrat members questions, but today he started telling the witness not to answer questions by certain Republicans. That reeks,” Scalise said.
“Its clear Pelosi needs to declare a mistrial. This has been a tainted process from the start. What happened today confirms even worse just how poorly Adam Schiff is handling this process, denying the ability for Republicans to even ask basic questions that are critical to the heart of whether or not a President of the United States is impeached.”