Schiff Concerned Republicans Will Call Witnesses Just To ‘Smear’ Trump’s Opponents

Friday, November 1, 2019
By Paul Martin

by Eric A. Blair
TheGatewayPundit.com
November 1, 2019

Imagine you’re on trial. Prosecutors can call any witness they choose — and they can also reject any witness you want to call.

Sound insane? That’s exactly the process Democrats have set up for the impeachment inquiry into President Trump.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) said Thursday that Democrats could refuse to allow Republicans to call some witnesses to testify, saying the GOP might “propose a bunch of witnesses that have no bearing, that they can use merely to smear the president’s opponents or for other improper purposes.”

On “CBS Evening News,” Norah O’Donnell asked Schiff, “Republicans say they’re concerned that the Democrats will block the witnesses that they want to hear from. Can you assure them that you won’t reject those witnesses?”

“Well, we’ve asked them for proffer of which witnesses they think are relevant, and I have to say, we have concerns that they’re going to propose a bunch of witnesses that have no bearing, that they can use merely to smear the president’s opponents or for other improper purposes,” Schiff said.

“It’s important to note that, to the contrary of what they have been saying, in both Clinton and the Nixon impeachments, the minority did not have the right to call witnesses on their own unilaterally. They could call for a vote, but it was a majority vote, that they were not assured of winning. So, we would love to hear who they’re interested in having come before the committee.

“But given the kind of circus-like tactics, the storming of the SCIF and all the stunts the president puts them up to, we can’t surrender the process to the minority party,” Schiff said, referring to last week when Republicans descended on a “Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility” used for viewing secure documents and interviewing key witnesses.

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