In inquiry, Republicans ask questions about whistleblower, loyalty to Trump and conspiracy theories – SFGate

WASHINGTON – Republican lawmakers have used the congressional impeachment inquiry to gather information on a CIA employee who filed a whistleblower complaint, press witnesses on their loyalty to President Donald Trump and advance conspiratorial claims that Ukraine was involved in the 2016 election, according to current and former officials involved in the proceedings. GOP members and staffers have repeatedly raised the name of a person suspected of filing the whistleblower complaint that exposed Trump’s effort to pressure Ukraine to conduct investigations into his political adversaries, officials said. The Republicans have refrained during hearings from explicitly accusing the individual of filing the explosive complaint with the U.S. intelligence community’s inspector general two months ago, officials said. But the questions have been interpreted as an attempt “to unmask the whistleblower,” whose identity is shielded under federal law, said a person with direct knowledge of the depositions. Republicans appear to be seeking ways to discredit the whistleblower as well as other witnesses “by trying to dredge up any information they can,” the official said. The effort comes as

Source: In inquiry, Republicans ask questions about whistleblower, loyalty to Trump and conspiracy theories – SFGate

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