The Hill- Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts refused to read a question submitted by Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) during Thursday’s question-and-answer session in President Trump’s impeachment trial.

Paul and Roberts have been battling over the question, which was expected to be about the whistleblower at the center of the impeachment inquiry. Because the question is thought to name the whistleblower and Roberts is responsible for reading the questions aloud, that would put him in the position of publicly outing the person on the floor of the Senate.

A Senate page brought the question from Paul to Roberts, who appeared to pause to read it.
“The presiding officer declines to read the question as submitted,” Roberts said.

Roberts then sat the slip of paper with Paul’s query aside and the Senate moved on to the next question.

My question today is about whether or not individuals who were holdovers from the Obama National Security Council and Democrat partisans conspired with Schiff staffers to plot impeaching the President before there were formal House impeachment proceedings.

My exact question was: Are you aware that House intelligence committee staffer Shawn Misko had a close relationship with Eric Ciaramella while at the National Security Council together 1/2

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and are you aware and how do you respond to reports that Ciaramella and Misko may have worked together to plot impeaching the President before there were formal house impeachment proceedings? 2/2

My question is not about a “whistleblower” as I have no independent information on his identity. My question is about the actions of known Obama partisans within the NSC and House staff and how they are reported to have conspired before impeachment proceedings had even begun.

In the video below, Chief Justice Roberts ask a question about the relationship between the whistleblower and former Vice President Joe Biden. Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) responds to the question by lying about not knowing the identity of the whistleblower.:

Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY) blasts the lies Adam Schiff told about the whistleblower, saying “There’s ZERO percent chance Adam Schiff doesn’t know the identity of the whistleblower,” as he defends his staff members.

For months, the mainstream media has ignored reports that Eric Ciaramella is the impeachment clown Rep. Adam Schiff’s whistleblower, or the person who initiated the Trump impeachment sham over his “perfect” phone call with Ukraine President Zelensky on July 25, 2019.

Paul Sperry of Real Clear Investigations, who’s doing the job the mainstream media refuses to do, is now reporting about an alleged discussion that took place in the Obama White House between alleged whistleblower Eric Ciaramella a former White House official who left to join Rep. Adam Schiff’s impeachment committee.

Paul Sperry of Real Clear Politics reports – Barely two weeks after Donald Trump took office, Eric Ciaramella – the CIA analyst whose name was recently linked in a tweet by the president and mentioned by lawmakers as the anonymous “whistleblower” who touched off Trump’s impeachment – was overheard in the White House discussing with another staffer how to remove the newly elected president from office, according to former colleagues.

President Obama with alleged Ukraine phone call whistleblower, Eric Ciaramella.

Sources told RealClearInvestigations the staffer with whom Ciaramella was speaking was Sean Misko. Both were Obama administration holdovers working in the Trump White House on foreign policy and national security issues. And both expressed anger over Trump’s new “America First” foreign policy, a sea change from President Obama’s approach to international affairs.

“Just days after he was sworn in, they were already talking about trying to get rid of him,” said a White House colleague who overheard their conversation.

“They weren’t just bent on subverting his agenda,” the former official added. “They were plotting to actually have him removed from office.”

Sean Misko

Misko left the White House last summer to join House impeachment manager Adam Schiff’s committee, where sources say he offered “guidance” to the whistleblower, who has been officially identified only as an intelligence officer in a complaint against Trump filed under whistleblower laws. Misko then helped run the impeachment inquiry based on that complaint as a top investigator for congressional Democrats.

The Gateway Pundit reports – Recall, Adam Schiff hired Sean Misko (pictured below) just one day after Trump’s July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

Sean Misko has attended many of the sham impeachment hearings, and he is often seen in the background smirking as he watches his plot to remove Trump unfold.

The Hill reports – Paul could have challenged Roberts’s decision to refuse his question. Speculation had swirled around the Capitol on Thursday that Paul would try to overrule Roberts and potentially force the Senate to try to table his question.

But Paul told reporters that while he wrestled with whether to challenge Roberts on the floor “until the very last minute,” he expected the Senate would have a lengthy session on Friday and decided to bypass a vote on Thursday.

Republican senators had made it clear that they did not support Paul’s effort to name the whistleblower.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) appeared to make a back-handed reference to Paul at the start of Thursday’s session, urging senators to be respectful of Roberts.

“We’ve been respectful of the chief justice’s unique position in reading our questions, and I want to assure him that that level of consideration for him will continue,” McConnell said.

Paul said he had not had any discussion with McConnell about his question. Asked if he thought the GOP leader’s remarks were directed at him, Paul laughed and said, “It does sound like code, didn’t it?”

McConnell’s No. 2, Sen. John Thune (S.D.), also told reporters that he did expect the whistleblower’s name would be allowed to be read during the impeachment trial. Meanwhile, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) told reporters on Thursday that he didn’t think the impeachment trial was the setting for Paul’s whistleblower fight.

Asked if he thought the question was a good idea, Graham responded: “Not in this environment.”

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