According to Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, the Senate Intelligence Committee plans on calling in the Ukraine whistleblower who was responsible for sparking the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump.
The committee will investigate how the whistleblower, who is allegedly a CIA analyst, was able to get the alleged information of the call and how he took that information to the intelligence community’s inspector general. This implicates far-left Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff considering multiple reports state that Schiff’s office had been in contact with the whistleblower and knew their claims.
Graham broke the news during an interview with Fox News.
“The Senate Intel Committee under Richard Burr (R-NC) has told us that they will call the whistleblower,” Graham said to Fox News host Maria Bartiromo. “I want to understand how all this crap started.”
Check out what the Daily Wire reported:
Some Republicans theorize that Schiff’s office had a special line to the whistleblower because at least two of Schiff’s staffers “worked alongside the CIA official some believe to be the whistleblower at the NSC in the Obama and Trump administrations,” according to the Washington Examiner.
Schiff initially claimed that his office had no contact with the whistleblower before the whistleblower filed a complaint with the inspector general alleging that Trump offered to authorize an influx of foreign aid for the Ukraine if Ukrainian officials agreed to investigate whether former Vice President Joe Biden abused his power during the Obama years, waving Ukrainian prosecutors off oil and gas company, Burisma, which employed his son, Hunter.
The House Intelligence Committee chair was later forced to clarify his comments, per CNN, after the New York Times and others reported “that the whistleblower had reached out to a House Intelligence Committee aide before filing the whistleblower complaint. The committee directed the whistleblower to report it to the intelligence community inspector general, which is standard committee protocol when intelligence community officials bring concerns to the committee.” The whistleblower also reportedly failed to tell the inspector general that he met with Schiff’s staff.
Schiff, who had been focusing on Trump’s tax records and his alleged ties to Russian financiers suddenly pivoted to an investigation into whether Trump inked a “quid-pro-quo” agreement with Ukraine without explanation last fall and the timing, Republicans say, is suspect.
Graham also stated that he is curious in finding out if the whistleblower has direct ties to Joe Biden and his family.
“If the whistleblower is a former employee of — associate of Joe Biden, I think that would be important. If the whistleblower was working with people on Schiff’s staff that wanted to take Trump down a year-and-a-half ago, I think that would be important. If the Schiff staff people helped write the complaint, that would be important. We’re going to get to the bottom of all of this to make sure this never happens again,” he said.
Now that the impeachment trial is wrapping up in the Senate, Graham feels that it is time to start investigations into the origins of the impeachment inquiry.
“Let me tell Republicans out there. You should expect us to do this. If we don’t do it, we’re letting you down. I guarantee you: if [the] shoe were on the other foot, Democrats would be eating us alive if Republicans had done any of these things,” Graham finished.
What are your thoughts? Let us know in the comments below!