Rep. Devin Nunes, the Ranking Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, and other Republicans offered a list of witnesses that Republicans wanted to interview in the Democrat impeachment hearings.
“This inquiry is not and will not serve as a vehicle to undertake the same sham investigations into the Bidens or 2016 that the President pressed Ukraine to conduct for his personal political benefit,” Schiff said, according to The Washington Post, “or facilitate the President’s effort to threaten, intimidate, and retaliate against the whistleblower who courageously raised the initial alarm.”
“The Committee is evaluating the Minority’s witness requests and will give due consideration to witnesses within the scope of the impeachment inquiry, as voted on by the House,” Schiff added. “As we move into the open hearing phase of the inquiry, the Committee is mindful that we are engaged in a sober endeavor rooted in the Constitution to determine whether the President of the United States engaged in misconduct that warrants impeachment by the House.”
The public deposition occurring this week centers on the July 25th phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenksy at the center of the whistleblower controversy.
Republicans want the following people to testify:
- Hunter Biden, former board member of Burisma Holdings and son of Joe Biden
- The anonymous whistleblower
- Alexandra Chalupa, former Democratic National Committee staffer
- Kurt Volker, former U.S. envoy to Ukraine
- Devon Archer, former board member of Burisma Holdings
- Tim Morrison, former senior director for European and Russian affairs on the National Security Council
- Nellie Ohr, former contractor for opposition research firm Fusion GPS
- “All individuals” the whistleblower relied on to draft the complaint
Congressman Adam Schiff was reported to have refused requests from House Republicans to interview Hunter Biden.
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“This inquiry is not, and will not serve … as a vehicle to undertake the same sham investigations into the Bidens or 2016 that the President pressed Ukraine to conduct for his personal political benefit, or to facilitate the President’s effort to threaten, intimidate, and retaliate against the whistleblower who courageously raised the initial alarm.”
Under the rules of impeachment resolution voted on over a week ago, Democrats must approve requests by Republicans for witnesses or subpoenas. The investigation is being lead by Rep. Schiff.
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Democrats are moving forward with the probe of allegations from the whistleblower stemming from the July 25th phone call.