House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) said Thursday, Dec. 19, without offering any evidence, that he has found indications that Vice President Mike Pence has been withholding information.
Schiff, who led the first part of the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump for allegedly pressuring the Ukrainian president to investigate Democrat Joe Biden, made the claims on MSNBC’s Rachel Medow program, “Well, we have acquired a piece of evidence, classified by Jennifer Williams, something she alluded to in her open testimony. Then going back and looking through her records she found other information that was pertinent to that phone call that we asked her about and made that submission. There is nothing that is classified in the document but the vice president’s office has said they are going to classify… It is not proper to classify something because it would be embarrassing or incriminating. And that submission does shed light on the vice president’s knowledge. We think the American people should see it,” Schiff said.
Williams, a key adviser to Pence in Russia, testified publicly before the Intelligence Committee in November and then provided classified supplemental testimony later that month.
However, Pence, who has already said he will possibly declassify this information later, pointed out that Schiff was only trying to cause controversy with another false claim.
Pence denied that he classified parts of Williams’s testimony because they showed that he was aware of the alleged Ukrainian scheme.
In fact, both the transcript of the call that the White House published at the beginning of this case, and the statements of President Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy show that there was no pressure nor quid pro quo.
The vice president stressed that President Trump had done nothing wrong and supported his approach of ending “corruption in Ukraine and getting more European support.”
“But the fact that after his sham investigation is over, Adam Schiff is now asking for more information—information his committee already has and then, frankly, those that will consider his articles of impeachment if it makes it to the Senate already have—says everything you need to know about this investigation, about this partisan impeachment,” Pence said during an interview with ABC on Wednesday.
Pence added that President Trump whether in Ukraine or elsewhere focuses on issues that affect and matter to the United States.