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‘Looks Like An Inside Job’: Former National Security Official Says Impeachment Is Manufactured By Unhappy Bureaucrats

impeachmentFormer national security adviser Michael Anton suggested Wednesday that the entire impeachment into President Donald Trump is beginning to look “like an inside job” manufactured by lawmakers unhappy with the president.

Anton spoke to WMAL’s “Mornings on the Mall” co-hosts Vince Coglianese and Mary Walter Wednesday about Tuesday’s impeachment hearings. During the hearing, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff interrupted Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman’s testimony, citing an effort to protect a whistleblower.

The former National Security Council spokesman suggested Wednesday that Schiff’s actions show impeachment is an “inside job” by lawmakers that dislike Trump.

“It looks like an inside job of a bunch of career bureaucrats getting together and saying, ‘We’ve wanted to impeach this guy for three years, how do we do it. Oh wait, I think we’ve found a way. Here’s the issue,’” Anton said. “It just looks phony, and that’s what they’re trying to avoid coming out.”

“I think the reason they don’t want him to say it is not so much to protect the whistleblower’s identity, whoever it is, it’s to protect the phony veneered process that they used to get this impeachment hearing going,” Anton said Wednesday.

Schiff, a California Democrat, interrupted Vindman Tuesday after the latter admitted that he told an “unnamed official” within the intelligence community about Trump’s phone call with Ukraine. GOP California Rep. Devin Nunes was questioning Vindman at the time.

After Schiff’s interruption, Vindman refused to “answer specific questions about members of the intelligence community,” he said. The interruption caused a stir in the day’s impeachment testimony, as many people could be heard vocally protesting Schiff’s actions.

Schiff’s move was questioned by many, particularly after the whistleblower’s lawyer Mark S. Zaid tweeted Monday to “#ProtectTheWhistleblower” ahead of Vindman’s testimony. The tweet came alongside a CNN comment noting there could be a “contentious flareup” during Vindman’s testimony when Republicans ask him about the Ukraine phone call.

The Daily Caller News Foundation journalist Chuck Ross noted that Zaid’s tweet “suggests” the person Vindman spoke to on the call could be the whistleblower.

Schiff did not allow Republicans to establish if Vindman was a source for the whistleblower, a move that Ross added could be an issue. He tweeted Tuesday that it is “circular reporting.” Walter echoed this Wednesday and noted the moment suggested Vindman had spoken to the whistleblower and had given the person information.

“Seems pretty important to establish whether Vindman was a source for the whistleblower, especially since Dems are holding Vindman out as independent corroboration of the whistleblower,” Ross wrote. “This is circular reporting. Reminiscent of the Steele dossier.”

Reprinted with permission from - Conservative Daily News - by Shelby Talcott

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J. FARLEY

THIS WHOLE THING HAS BEEN A FRAUD FROM THE BEGINNING , THIS IS ALL ABOUT BRING DOWN OUR GOVERNMENT AND OUR WAY OF LIFE, WE MUST FIGHT BACK AND NEVER GIVE IN AND ROOT OUT ALL OF THESE TREASONOUS PEOPLE AND PUNISH THEM TO THE FULL EXTENT OF THE LAW, GOD HELP US ALL !!

gia ricottone

This is way out of control. It is an utter shame and I find it despicable, that there are people trying to undermine our President and government. It should be a crime to waste taxpayer money and time and they should ALL be fired.
*A HOUSE DIVIDED CAN NOT STAND! I pray for our country and President that they can work together and both sides learn to compromise.

Mary

Isn’t there anything that American citizens can do to stop this fiasco? These demonrats are out of control and need to be reined in

Donna Hildebrandt

The day of Vindman’s testimony, when Adam Schiff prevented Devin Nunes from asking about the “unnamed official”, my first thought was; if Adam Schiff doesn’t know who the whistleblower is (as he stated), how does he know that this line of questioning would “out” the whistleblower?? Smells pretty fishy to me!

Wayne

Past time to send in the marines and remove this bunch of traitors and put them on trial for attempting to pull off a coup!

John Karkalis

This is leaving a very bad taste in the mouth of the American voter, like an inflamed canker sore.
I tell my friends over and over, tout a booming economy and never let the public forget it was under the aegis of our President that the world’s bloodiest terrorist was taken down. Only the Commander-in-Chief could issue the “Go!” order.
Even the most rabid Trump hater and 2016 denier can’t wish these singular accomplishments away

Lynn Miller

Vindman was under obligation not to “tell an unnamed official in the intelligence community” if he had a problem, but to tell his supervisor. He was insubordinate, acted with traitorous espionage and malice, and needs to go to jail.

teresa

UNHAPPY, ANGRY, EVIL, DERANGED, SPINELESS, USELESS, BRAINLESS, IDIOTS

Steve

REDUCE HOLIDAY GIFT EXPENSE !!! Anyone who has a democrat friend for whom they planned to give a gift can just say ” Well you got the Trump impeachment
you were dying for. How could I beat that ? ” Save yourself some money.
The dems are saying there will be an impeachment vote by Christmas as if they are handing a gift to their friends.

R shoemaker

DIMs knew on day one that this farce would never get through the Senate (and maybe not even the House). Short of taking Trump out now, their hope was to get some really good dirt that can be used against him at election time. In his closing remarks, Schiff for Brains kept coming back to how “mean” Trump was to the female ambassador who was fired. I predict we will see lots of outtakes of that in election ads.

M. Franklin

“Looks like an inside job”. GET REAL. IT IS AN INSIDE JOB. And the most corrupt, lying, America-hating swamp scum, Shifty Schiff , Peelosi, just to name two, are heading the “Inside Job”. They are two, of MANY of America’s ENEMIES WITHIN.

Barbara Lynch

We all know that this whole impeachment is BS. So why is it still going on? We really need to get the Democrats and some Republicans out of office NOW.

‘Nonymus

I pray that this whole impeachment fraud turns on its perpetrators and these traitors get a taste of real justice!

Stephen Russell

Purge the bureaucrats then behind this Under Mgmt level GS 2-5 level or GS 6.
Since theyre the source & unelected & impacting our nation for 3 years & Cong did Nothing IE USMCA, Trade, Infrastructure etc issues.
Blame DC elite & bureaucrats nationwide.
They Caused this mess day 1

Steve

Why is the identity of the whistleblower a mystery ? His name has been all over the news for two weeks.
Is Patomic fever so dangerous that your mind blocks you from common information ?

Press ONE For English

The deranged left has been talking about impeachment since before Trump’s inauguration. They’ll grab at any excuse, however flimsy, to derail Trump. How can anyone mistake this for a genuine inquiry? And note what I said: This is an attempt to derail Trump, to hinder his ability to accomplish anything. It is my belief they really don’t care if the impeachment is successful; if it hinders the Trump agenda they will call it a win. Of course if they manage to get Trump thrown out, or if they damage his reputation to an extent he becomes unelectable, that’s icing on the cake. And mark my words, as soon as this theater of the absurd is over, they will merely start on the next one. This has its roots well before Trump came on the scene. The left has weaponized the legal system to tie up everything in courts, courts that… Read more »

D Halvorson

I wish for our countries sake the House would work as hard to unify the U.S.A as they are to divide the country.

Helen Corey

President Trump and the country are being destroyed from within by unelected bureaucrats, demonic Dems, & quisling Republicans. My only weapon to fight deterioration of US into new world order dictatorship is to pray, vote and support by $$ to selective causes.

Josephine pooley

Such a travesty! Why is this allowed to go on?

Rick J.

No surprises in this article !!!