Jim Jordan presses Adam Schiff on questioning the whistleblower during the first public impeachment hearing.
JORDAN: Mr. Chairman, do you anticipate when we would vote--
SCHIFF: What purpose does Mr. Jordan seek recognition?
JORDAN: To ask a clarifying question. Do you anticipate when we might vote on the ability to have the whistleblower in front of us, something you--the 435 members of Congress, you are the only member who knows who that individual is and your staff is the only staff of any member of Congress that has had a chance to talk with that individual. We would like that opportunity. When might that happen in this proceeding today?
SCHIFF: First, as the gentleman knows that is a false statement; I do not know the identity of the whistleblower and I am determined to make sure that identity is protected. But as I said to Mr. Conaway, you will have an opportunity after the witnesses testify to make a motion to subpoena in the witness and compel a vote. And with that and now recognize the witnesses.
Before I do I want to just emphasize the microphones are sensitive so please speak directly into them. Without objection your written statements will be made part of the record and with that deputy assistant secretary Kent you are recognize for your opening statement. Ambassador Taylor you are recognized immediately thereafter for your opening statement.