A White House spokesperson said President Donald Trump wants the impeachment trial to move forward in the Senate, where he expects to receive due process and is hopeful former Vice President Joe Biden will testify.
Trump Wants Senate Impeachment Trial
“President Trump wants to have a trial in the Senate because it’s clearly the only chamber where he can expect fairness and receive due process under the Constitution,” said White House spokesman Hogan Gidley in a statement, Reuters reported.
Testimony from key witnesses Democrats blocked
“We would expect to finally hear from witnesses who actually witnessed, and possibly participated in corruption—like Adam Schiff, Joe Biden, Hunter Biden, and the so-called whistleblower, to name a few,” added Gidley.
Schiff’s involvement with whistleblower may come to light
House of Representatives Intelligence Committee Chairman Schiff (D-Calif.), who has led the impeachment inquiry into the president has already contradicted himself over the question of whether he knows the identity of the anonymous whistleblower, and whether he had contact with the whistleblower before the complaint was filed.
Republicans allege that the whistleblower may have colluded with Schiff’s office prior to the complaint that set off the impeachment inquiry.
No federal statutes for whistleblowers to remain anonymous
Schiff tried to claim that laws protect the anonymity of the whistleblower, but the Washington Post recently gave him three “Pinocchios” for defending the whistleblower’s “statutory right” to remain anonymous.
“Neither the Intelligence Community Whistleblower Protection Act of 1998 (ICWPA) nor any related statutes have language guaranteeing anonymity for whistleblowers,” the Washington Post wrote.
The Act establishes that “intelligence community whistleblowers can’t be demoted, fired or reassigned for legally reporting their concerns.”
However, this does not establish a right for their names to be kept concealed, the Post added.
FBI lawyer falsified FISA surveillance document of Trump campaign
The Inspector General for the Justice Department, Michael Horowitz, says he has found evidence that an FBI lawyer altered a key investigative document that was related to FISA surveillance of a former Trump campaign advisor.
An attorney for the FBI reportedly manipulated the contents of a document to the degree that it changed the substantiative meaning of the information it contained, according to Horwitz.
The document was related to the FBI secretive surveillance of the former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. said a comprehensive report from Horwitz on allegations of Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant abuse will be released on December 9.
Further, the FBI employee also allegedly “altered an email” to substantiate his doctored and inaccurate version of events. The unidentified employee has been forced out of the FBI.