Chris Wallace Crushes GOP Lawmaker For Saying He ‘Doesn’t Care’ About Second Whistleblower
Fox News host Chris Wallace on Sunday schooled Republican Rep. Chris Stewart (Utah), a member of the House Intelligence Committee, for dismissing the potential implications of a second whistleblower coming forward with allegations related to President Trump’s dealings with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
Asked on “Fox News Sunday” whether he was concerned about the development, the congressman replied, “Well, actually, not at all.”
“One of our concerns has always been there hasn’t been firsthand knowledge of this. The first whistleblower, virtually everything he accused was second and thirdhand knowledge,” Stewart said, before arguing that a new whistleblower would only confirm what the public already knows about Trump’s July 25 phone call with Zelensky.
“Why should I care at all what his perspective, or is opinion or judgment, of this transcript is? You and I can read it,” Stewart added.
Wallace responded by noting that the original whistleblower complaint included broad accusations about Trump’s effort to pressure Ukraine into investigating 2020 presidential candidate Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden, over unfounded allegations of corruption.
“It wasn’t just this phone call. There was a whole campaign before the phone call and, even more intensely, after the phone call involving the president’s lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, to link support for the Ukrainian regime, even military aid, to an investigation of Joe Biden,” Wallace said.
Stewart pushed back, asserting that the White House’s rough transcript showed no evidence of Trump linking an investigation of the Bidens to Ukraine’s military aid.
“He doesn’t ever offer a quid pro quo. He talks about one thing: ‘We want to investigate corruption,’ and I think that’s a reasonable thing to ask,” he said.
The dismissive comments from Stewart came after reports that a second whistleblower has come forward to confirm the allegations included in the original complaint, which contributed to the House launching a formal impeachment inquiry into the president.
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