Congressional Democrats, particularly House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., were "complicit" with working with the whistleblower whose report led to the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, and they are afraid the truth will be revealed if he is questioned, Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, said Wednesday.
"I think they were complicit in working with the whistleblower to come forward with his complaint and start this entire impeachment inquiry," McCaul told Fox News' "America's Newsroom." "I think that's why Adam Schiff is so protective of the whistleblower, because he is concerned about the truth that will come out if we get access to him."
Further, McCaul said he does not believe the July 25 telephone call between Trump and Ukraine's president rises to the level of an impeachment proceeding, and he complained Schiff keeps shutting down Republicans' questions, particularly where the whistleblower is concerned.
"My theory is that Adam Schiff and his staff had access to the whistleblower and were complicit with this complaint being filed, which started this entire charade, this entire impeachment inquiry," McCaul said.
He also accused Schiff of leaking testimony from the inquiry hearings selectively and said the hearings should be held publicly.
"That's what we've been objecting to. . . from day one, is how secretive this process is," McCaul said. "This should be an open hearing, full and transparent, with due process and it's not."
He also commented he finds it "very interesting" that "Schiff and his team can selectively leak out information, leak out opening statements, leak out selective testimony that is to their advantage while not being transparent and giving the entire testimony to the American people."
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