Schiff: Impeachment hearings no place for conspiracy or concentrating on whistleblower

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FILE PHOTO: U.S. Home of Representatives Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) speaks to reporters throughout a break in a closed-door deposition as a part of the impeachment inquiry into U.S. President Donald Trump led by the Home Intelligence, Home Overseas Affairs and Home Oversight and Reform Committees on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., November 6, 2019. Information/Siphiwe Sibeko

WASHINGTON (Information) – The pinnacle of the U.S. Home panel main the impeachment inquiry on Tuesday warned fellow lawmakers forward of public hearings, saying the televised questioning wouldn’t function a venue to air conspiracy theories or out a whistleblower.

“The Home’s impeachment inquiry, and the Committee, won’t function venues for any Member to additional the identical sham investigations into the Bidens or into debunked conspiracies about 2016 U.S. election interference that President Trump pressed Ukraine to undertake for his private political profit,” Home intelligence committee Chairman Adam Schiff mentioned, citing former Vice President Joe Biden and his household.

“Nor will the Committee facilitate any efforts by President Trump or his allies to threaten, intimidate, or retaliate in opposition to the whistleblower who courageously and lawfully raised issues concerning the President’s conduct,” he added in a memo to lawmakers.

Reporting by Patricia Zengerle and Mark Hosenball; writing by Susan Heavey; Enhancing by Chizu Nomiyama