House Republican leaders on Tuesday, Oct. 29, said the House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) stopped a witness from answering certain questions from Republican lawmakers in the latest impeachment hearing.

Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) and Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) told reporters that Schiff shut down a Republican line of questioning during a hearing with Army Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, a Trump administration official coming before Congress in relation to the impeachment probe.

“When we asked [Vindman] who he spoke to after important events in July— Adam Schiff says, ‘no, no, no, we’re not going to let him answer that question,”‘ Jordan said.

Vindman, who serves as a director on the National Security Council (NSC), arrived on Tuesday morning to testify before the House Intelligence, Oversight, and Foreign Affairs committees.

“The Democrats run out here and say, ‘ooh, the Republicans are trying to figure out who the whistleblower is,'” Jordan continued. “We’re trying to figure out who our witness list is! The resolution that the speaker has just filed, she points this out in the resolution that this is going to go to the Judiciary Committee if, in fact, they push it there. There will be witnesses called. We would like to figure out who those witnesses should be.”

“I pointed out last week there 435 members of Congress, only one of them knows who the whistleblower is, more importantly, who the sources are for the whistleblower who was the basis of him filing this complaint. Now he doesn’t want anyone else to know that,” Jordan said.

Meanwhile, Scalise commented about Schiff, “He gets to choose all the witnesses and he, himself, only, which means it’s not a fair process on the face, but even his claim now that Republicans can ask question has been undermined because now he’s directing witnesses.”

Scalise then attacked the impeachment proceedings in general, using the latest GOP procedural complaint in a further attempt to discredit the Democrats’ impeachment push.

“It’s clear Pelosi needs to declare a mistrial,” Scalise said. “This has been a tainted process from the start. What happened today confirms even worse just how poorly Adam Schiff is handling this process, denying the ability for Republicans to even ask basic questions that are critical to the heart of whether or not a President of the United States is impeached.”

Democrats hit back at GOP lawmakers, saying it was an effort to get the identity of the whistleblower during impeachment proceedings.

“What the Republicans are trying to do in there, very clearly in their questioning, is try to front-door or backdoor Lt. Col. Vindman into revealing who the whistleblower is, even though in his testimony, he said he didn’t know,” Democratic Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz said.

But Jordan responded, “Look, Democrats run out and say, ‘oh, the Republicans are trying to figure out who the whistleblower is. We’re trying to figure out who the witness is.”

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