Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), said unless the anonymous whistleblower is allowed to testify, the whole impeachment exercise will be ‘dead in the water’ when it reaches the Senate.
“I consider any impeachment in the House that doesn’t allow us to know who the whistleblower is to be invalid because without the whistleblower complaint we wouldn’t be talking about any of this,” Graham told Fox News‘ “Sunday Morning Futures.”
Graham stated, “It’s impossible to bring this case forward, in my view, fairly without us knowing who the whistleblower is and having a chance to cross-examine them about any biases they may have,” he said. “So if they don’t call the whistleblower in the House, this thing is dead on arrival in the Senate.”
Schiff recently told the committee’s Ranking Member Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), in a letter that the impeachment inquiry “has gathered an ever-growing body of evidence, from witnesses and documents, including the president’s own words in his July 25 call record—that not only confirms but far exceeds the initial information in the whistleblower’s complaint.”
Graham is accusing Schiff of refusing to get to the truth.
Schiff has rejected the list of witnesses put forward by Republicans—including Joe Biden’s son Hunter Biden, and also the anonymous whistleblower who triggered the inquiry.
“The committee will not facilitate efforts by President Trump and his allies in Congress to threaten, intimidate, and retaliate against the whistleblower who courageously raised the initial alarm,” Schiff said in a letter to Nunes.
“The whistleblower has a right under laws championed by this committee to remain anonymous and to be protected from harm,” he added.
Graham was scathing in his criticism of Schiff.
“This is not about Schiff finding the truth; this is about Schiff trying to destroy the Trump presidency,” Graham said.