Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) has gotten himself into some more trouble lately. Documents have surfaced showing that Schiff attempted to control and direct what Michael McKinley would say during his impeachment inquiry disposition, according to transcripts released Monday.
The attempt was just that and Mckinley gave what appeared to be a truthful disposition. McKinley accused Schiff of trying to put words in his mouth while testifying on October 16.
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It appears that Schiff wanted McKinley to say that politics drove Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, at the behest of President Donald Trump, to remove former Ukraine Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch from her post. Schiff insinuated that Pompeo had removed Yovanovitch to hide wrongdoing in Ukraine at the hands of the Trump administration.
The California Democrat attempted to get McKinley to confirm his innuendo. Such a confirmation would have fueled the Democrats’ impeachment agenda.
Throughout his testimony, McKinley made it clear that he had no direct knowledge of the Ukraine matter that triggered the impeachment probe. He also stressed that he never discussed political issues with Pompeo.
Republicans have accused Schiff, the leader of the impeachment inquiry, of “coaching” witnesses while taking depositions.
The transcript reads as follows:
Schiff: Can you go back and, as best you can, tell us exactly what you told the Secretary?
McKinley: I said, are you aware of I’m sure you’re following what is happening. Wouldn’t it be good if we put out a statement on Ambassador Yovanovitch?
Schiff: When you said, I’m sure you’re aware of what’s happening.
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McKinley: That’s right. Of course he said, yeah. You know, it’s that kind of exchange. I mean, to formalize it as something more.
Schiff: No, no. I’m just I’m not trying to formalize it. I’m just trying to get exactly what was said during the meeting.