House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff said Sunday that he expects the whistleblower that triggered the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump to testify “very soon.”

“All that needs to be done, at this point, is to make sure that the attorneys that represent the whistleblower get the clearances that they need to be able to accompany the whistleblower to testimony,” said Schiff (D-Calif.), “and that we figure out the logistics to make sure that we protect the identity of the whistleblower.”

“And, as Director Maguire promised during the hearing, that whistleblower will be allowed to come in and come in without a ‘minder’ from the Justice Department or from the White House to tell the whistleblower what they can and cannot say,” Schiff said on ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos.” “We will get the unfiltered testimony of that whistleblower.”

A whistleblower complaint filed in August accused Trump of pressuring Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden, during a July 25 phone call. But the complaint also notes that the whistleblower never heard any of the allegations firsthand.

 The complaint said, “In the days following the phone call, I learned from multiple U.S. officials that senior White House officials had intervened to ‘lock down’ all the records of the phone call, especially the official word-for-word transcript of the call that was produced as is customary by the White House Situation Room.”

President Trump has indicated Biden and his son Hunter Biden in the kind of corruption that has long plagued Ukraine. Hunter Biden served on the board of a Ukrainian gas company at the same time his father was leading the Obama administration’s diplomatic dealings with Kyiv.

Democrats are planning a rapid start to their push for impeachment, with hearings and depositions starting this week. Many Democrats are pushing for a vote on articles of impeachment before the end of the year.

Meanwhile, Stephen Miller, the president’s senior policy adviser, called the whole inquiry a “partisan hit job” orchestrated by “a deep state operative” who is also “a saboteur.”

He said on the weekend’s broadcast of “Fox News Sunday,” “If you read the seven-page Nancy Drew novel for the whistleblower put together, it drips with condescension, righteous indignation, and contempt for the president. It’s also ludicrous on its face. It describes an elaborate cover-up that also, by the way, the president discussed on Sean Hannity, April 25th. What kind of secret cover up are you also discussing on the airwaves of Fox News? Furthermore, the inspector general found evidence of political bias in the individual, which is not disputed by anybody.”

Miller added, “I’ve worked in the federal government now for nearly three years. I know what the deep state looks like. I know the difference between a whistleblower and a deep state operative. This is a deep state operative, pure and simple. People who haven’t been in the federal government, who haven’t worked in the White House may not appreciate this but the situation as you have a group of unelected bureaucrats who think that they need to take down this president.”

Includes reporting from The Associated Press

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