On Thursday October 17th, Gordon Sondland, the U.S. Ambassador to the European Union, testified in front of the impeachment committees chaired by Adam Schiff over his knowledge of and involvement in a variety of events tied to the impeachment process.
One noteworthy exchange reveals Schiff attempted to steer the witness – Sondland – in an apparent attempt to stop the line of questioning over the Steele Dossier, one of the documents that was used to grant the FISA warrants to begin the Mueller probes:
NUNES: Were you aware that the origins of the Steele dossier were from Ukraine, many of the origins in the original Steele dossier were from Ukraine, the politicians within Ukraine?
SCHIFF: I would just posit that this is the ranking member’s view. We cannot accept that as an actual or factual representation. So if you’re asking–
NUNES: I don’t want to get into a tit for tat with you, but what’s factual? The Steele dossier didn’t origin– parts of it didn’t originate in Ukraine?
SCHIFF: You can certainly ask the witness whether he’s aware of any allegation.
NUNES: I’ll ask the witness whatever I’d like to ask to the witness.
SCHIFF: Yes. And the witness will not assume that the predicate of the colleague’s question is an accurate recitation of the fact.
Representative Mark Meadows joined the exchange, accusing Schiff of leading the witness:
MEADOWS: But, Mr. Chairman, with all due respect, you lead the witness all the time, all the time, Mr. Chairman. Come on. It is our hour, let him ask the questions.
SCHIFF: I understand that. I want to make sure the witness understands, though, that —
MEADOWS: Would you mind if we clarified your questions when it’s your hour?
SCHIFF: When you’re chairing a committee, should that day ever come, you’re more than welcome to do so.
MEADOWS: To my knowledge this is an equal one hour versus one hour.
Nunes asks about Steele dossier, Meadows defends him, Schiff intervenes, this dialogue ensues. This is how things are going *without* cameras if anyone wants to imagine the public hearings for a second (pg. 123-124) https://t.co/mLIkWm7zJv pic.twitter.com/x9GtdguJ2U
— Dorey Scheimer (@DoreyScheimer) November 5, 2019