Trump’s ‘Death Penalty’ Threats Toward Whistleblower Means Schiff Won’t Call Them To Testify
President Donald Trump has made a number of alarming demands and challenges toward the whistleblower, who exposed earlier this year a phone conversation the president had with another foreign power, alleging the commander-in-chief was withholding military aid in order to solicit investigations in Ukraine that would benefit him politically.
Because of those comments made by Trump toward the whistleblower, House Intelligence Committee chair Rep. Adam Schiff said that he won’t be calling the whistleblower forward to testify in the impeachment inquiry hearings, The Daily Beast reported.
Doing so would be redundant anyway, Schiff said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
“[W]e were able to prove [the allegations from the whistleblower] with witnesses that had first-hand information,” he explained.
But it was the president’s words, which “effectively put that whistleblower’s life in danger,” that resulted in Schiff not arranging ways
Adam Schiff said on that one reason the whistleblower at the heart of the impeachment inquiry hasn’t been called by the House to testify is that Trump called the person a spy and threatened the whistleblower with the “death penalty.” https://t.co/5Nm4efVexH
— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) November 24, 2019
“The president said the whistleblower and others should be treated as a traitor and a spy and we ought to use the penalty and that’s the death penalty,” Schiff explained to host Chuck Todd.
Since others have come forward providing first-hand evidence that the whistleblower initially wrote about in their complaint, it would be redundant for them to speak at this point. Having the whistleblower testify “would only serve to endanger this person and gratify the president’s desire for retribution,” Schiff added.
His assertions are not without merit. Earlier this year, as reporting from HillReporter.com detailed, Trump, while speaking to U.S. staff members at the United Nations, was alleged to have alluded to the death penalty as a possible punishment toward the whistleblower, as well as to those who have helped them compile their complaint.
“I want to know who’s the person who gave the whistle-blower the information because that’s close to a spy,” Trump purportedly said. “You know what we used to do in the old days when we were smart with spies and treason, right? We used to handle it a little differently than we do now.”