Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) announced Thursday that Republican lawmakers are making plans to subpoena the whistleblower.
It will be interesting to see if the plan works because Democrats have the power to veto subpoena requests.
The Democrats wrote the impeachment resolution so that Republicans would not be able to call a witness or issue subpoenas without asking House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff if they can.
Jordan, who is not on the House Intel Panel, wants the whistleblower to testify in person.
“Written answers will not provide a sufficient opportunity to probe all the relevant facts and cross examine the so-called Whistleblower. You don’t get to ignite an impeachment effort and never account for your actions and role in orchestrating it. We have serious questions about this individual’s political bias and partisan motivations and it seems Mark Zaid and Adam Schiff are attempting to hide these facts from public scrutiny. Last week’s testimony raised even more concerns about the anonymous whistleblower and our need to hear from them, in person,” stated Jordan.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy recently told Poliico that he may replace Jim Jordan on the House Intelligence panel saying that it has become ground zero for Trump’s impeachment.
“If Democrats are going to turn Intel into the impeachment committee, I am going to make adjustments to that committee accordingly, for a short period of time,” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) told Politico.
The possibility that Jordan could be temporarily moved to the Intelligence Committee was first reported by CBS News, but with McCarthy’s comment it seems much more likely.
“. @GOPLeader has full discretion to put our most effective questioners on intel for this matter,” tweeted Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), another Trump ally. “If @Jim_Jordan@RepMarkMeadows & @RepLeeZeldin aren’t moved on in favor of Republicans who have skipped a majority of the testimony, then shame on us for failing @realDonaldTrump.”
Jordan is currently the top Republican on the House Oversight Committee. The current Trump allies on the House Intel committee are Republican Rep. Devin Nunes of California and Rep. John Ratcliffe of Texas.
The Whistleblower’s attorney Mark Zaid has been fighting to keep his client from testifying in front of Congress. Zaid recently offered to let his clients provide written answers to Republican lawmakers under oath. Senate Intelligence Chairman Burr said this was “not acceptable.”
Senator Rand Paul also recently said on TV that he might publicly disclose the name of the whistleblower arguing that the sixth amendment should allow you the right to confront your accuser in court.