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Comrade Schiff threatens GOP lawmakers with ethics charges if they mention whistleblower in Soviet-style impeachment hearings

On Tuesday, Adam Schiff, the California Democrat leading the inquisition against Donald Trump, warned GOP lawmakers against mentioning the alleged “whistleblower” whose complaint prompted the latest effort to undo the 2016 election.

Those who do mention the whistleblower could face ethics charges, Schiff said.

According to Breitbart:

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The Democrat-led House Committees on Oversight and Reform, Intelligence, and Foreign Affairs have been conducting the impeachment inquiry. As the House Intelligence Committee Chairman, Schiff is the leader of the probe.

According to the memo, the Intelligence panel leading the probe will not “facilitate any efforts by President Trump or his allies to threaten, intimidate, or retaliate against the whistleblower who courageously and lawfully raised concerns about the President’s conduct.”

The memo, which can be seen here, states:

The Committee has a long, proud, and bipartisan history of protecting whistleblowers—including from efforts to threaten, intimidate, retaliate against or undermine the confidentiality of whistleblowers. … The Code of Official Conduct for Members of Congress requires that every Member “shall behave at all times in a manner that shall reflect creditably on the House.” The Committee on Ethics has historically viewed this provision as “encompassing violations of law and abuses of one’s official position.”

The memo also says Republicans must submit requests for witnesses to Schiff for evaluation and approval within 72 hours of the notice for the first hearing and include a“detailed written justification of the relevance of the testimony” of each requested witness.

Schiff, Breitbart added, has already rejected the GOP request for the “whistleblower” and Hunter Biden to testify.

So much for due process.

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