Senate Republicans are gearing up for a three-pronged investigation into the origins of Congressional Democrats' impeachment of President Trump, according to the Washington Examiner.
"I want to understand how all this crap started," Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on Fox News's Sunday Morning Futures, who added that the Senate would begin their investigations "within weeks."
"The Senate Intel Committee under Richard Burr has told us that they will call the whistleblower," said Graham.
Whether it's a legitimate search for the truth or a convenient way to assuage frustrated Republican voters who wanted fireworks during the Senate impeachment trial has yet to be seen.
Let's recall what Senate Republicans plan to unravel;
The Whistelblower, outed by investigative reporter Paul Sperry as Eric Ciaramella, is a registered Democrat who worked for then-VP Joe Biden, former CIA Director John Brennan, and was appointed by former National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster in June, 2017 as his personal aide according to RedState. Ciaramella, who radio host Rush Limbaugh called "essentially a spy for John Brennan," was also a frequent visitor to the Obama White House.
"If the whistleblower is a former employee of — associate of Joe Biden, I think that would be important. If the whistleblower was working with people on Schiff’s staff that wanted to take Trump down a year-and-a-half ago, I think that would be important. If the Schiff staff people helped write the complaint, that would be important. We’re going to get to the bottom of all of this to make sure this never happens again," said Sen. Graham.
After hearing second-hand about a July 25 call between President Trump and Ukrainian President Volodomyr Zelensky in which Trump asked for investigations into the Bidens, Ciaramella approached impeachment chieftain Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA)'s office (which hired two of Ciaramella's colleagues last year, including Sean Misko, who was hired in August).
Schiff's team directed Ciaramella to "Coup has started" Democratic operative attorney Mark Zaid (who vowed to "get rid of" Trump in July of 2017), who helped the CIA 'whistleblower' file a complaint on a form which had been altered to allow hearsay.
He also bragged about his connections to John Podesta with an organization he set up for litigation.— Robert Barnes (@Barnes_Law) November 6, 2019
What's more, at least two of Ciaramella's colleagues from the National Security Counsel were hired by Schiff's office last year - including Sean Misko, who was hired in August.
And Schiff continues to deny knowledge of the whistleblower's identity.
Democrats, pointing to the Trump administration placing a hold on US military aid to Ukraine, unbeknownst to Zelensky, argued that President Trump abused his office and obstructed Congress' investigation. During last week's Senate trial, Trump's attorneys argued that his actions fell far short of impeachable offense.