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Donald Trump complains that ‘corrupt politician’ Adam Schiff won’t let Republican list of witnesses testify in impeachment hearing after the Intelligence chairman said a hearing with the whistleblower would be ‘redundant and unnecessary’
- Schiff won’t let Republican list of witnesses testify in impeachment hearing after the Intelligence chairman said a hearing with the whistleblower would be ‘redundant and unnecessary’
- Donald Trump says Adam Schiff is a ‘corrupt politician’
- The charge came after the top Democrat said he would not call those to testify that
- Republicans requested be questioned as part of the impeachment inquiry
- GOP want Joe Biden’s son Hunter and the whistle-blower who sparked the impeachment inquiry into Trump to testify at upcoming hearings
- Schiff said he was considering the list of name, but later walked back and said the testimony would be ‘redundant and unnecessary’
- House Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Devin Nunes wrote to Committee Chairman Adam Schiff this week with their list of witnesses
- Schiff said Saturday that the whistle-blower will not be appearing
Announced public hearings will commence next week
By Katelyn Caralle, U.s. Political Reporter and Ariel Zilber and Leah Mcdonald For 10 November 2019:
Donald Trump accused Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff of being a ‘corrupt politician’ after the top Democrat said he would not approve the GOP’s requested list of witnesses for the impeachment inquiry.
‘Corrupt politician Adam Schiff wants people from the White House to testify in his and Pelosi’s disgraceful Witch Hunt, yet he will not allow a White House lawyer, nor will he allow ANY of our requested witnesses. This is a first in due process and Congressional history!’ the president lamented in a Twitter post.
Devin Nunes, the Republican ranking member on the Intelligence Committee, wrote a letter to Schiff last week requesting former Vice President Joe Biden’s son Hunter Biden and the whistle-blower who sounded the alarm on Trump’s dealings with Ukraine, among others, testify as part of the impeachment proceedings.
Specifically, he asked Biden and the whistle-blower, previously anonymous and now revealed to be CIA agent Eric Ciaramella, be compelled to testify in public hearings. Schiff, who is leading the impeachment inquiry, says it won’t happen.
n continued defense of his correspondence with his Ukrainian counterpart, the president insisted on Sunday that his call with Volodymyr Zelensky was ‘perfect,’ and pointed to a transcript of the July 25 conversation, which he released in late September.
‘The call to the Ukrainian President was PERFECT. Read the Transcript! There was NOTHING said that was in any way wrong,’ Trump tweeted.
‘Republicans, don’t be led into the fools trap of saying it was not perfect, but is not impeachable. No, it is much stronger than that. NOTHING WAS DONE WRONG!’ he continued in a message to his own party.
Schiff, a representative from California, informed Nunes on Saturday that the anonymous whistle-blower, whose complaint sparked the investigation, will not appear for public hearings because their testimony is ‘redundant and unnecessary.’
The letter written by Schiff is a change in tone from earlier on Saturday, when the Democrat said that the committee he heads would ‘give due consideration to witnesses within the scope of the impeachment inquiry, as voted on by the House.’
‘The impeachment inquiry, moreover, has gathered an ever-growing body of evidence – from witnesses and documents, including the President’s own words in his July 25 call record – that not only confirms, but far exceeds, the initial information in the whistleblower’s complaint,’ Schiff wrote to Nunes, who is the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee.
The whistleblower’s testimony is therefore redundant and unnecessary.
‘In light of the President’s threats, the individual’s appearance before us would only place their personal safety at grave risk.’
After the whistleblower’s initial complaint was revealed in September, it was a foregone conclusion that his testimony would be needed to proceed if the House intended to draft articles of impeachment.
But several witnesses who have since come forward to testify under oath before Congress have corroborated the whistleblower’s claims.
Nunes wrote to Schiff this week with a list of witnesses they want to see testifying so the President ‘can be afforded the opportunity to confront his accusers.’
At the top of the list, obtained by Fox News, is Hunter Biden, who has emerged as pivotal figure in the investigation as Trump demanded the Ukrainian government to investigate him over his business dealings in the country.
Burisma Holdings is the Ukrainian energy company where Hunter held a lucrative board seat while his father was vice president.
In his letter, Nunes wrote: ‘Americans see through this sham impeachment process, despite the Democrats’ efforts to retroactively legitimize it last week.
‘To provide transparency to your otherwise opaque and unfair process, and after consultation with [House Oversight Committee] Ranking Member Jim Jordan and [House Foreign Affairs Committee] Ranking Member Michael McCaul, the American people deserve to hear from the following witnesses in an open setting,’ he claimed.
Trump personally appealed to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to investigate Biden.
A whistleblower’s complaint about that call triggered the probe, which also focuses on allegations that Trump was holding up military aid to Ukraine.
Republicans had stated in testimony that former State Department official George Kent raised concerns about ‘the appearance of a conflict of interest stemming from Mr. Biden’s position on Burisma’s board.’
He added that Marie Yovanovich, the former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine, was prepared by the Obama State Department to address questions about Biden’s position on Burisma during her Senate confirmation process.
It has also emerged that the whistleblower, whose identity remains anonymous, has been asked testify publicly as part of the inquiry.
Donald Trump’s eldest son published the name of the alleged anonymous whistle-blower whose complaint fired the impeachment inquiry against Trump.
Amid calls by the president himself to expose the whistle-blower, Donald Trump Jr. tweeted the name of a CIA analyst that has circulated online for weeks, and linked to a Breitbart news article implying the person was pro-Democrat and anti-Trump.
hen he was Vice-Presiednt, Joe Biden urged the Ukrainian government to fire a prosecutor, which Trump and his allies have charged was done to benefit Burisma. The Bidens have denied this and there has been no evidence of wrong-doing on their part
The person named by that outlet is currently a registered Democrat but has previously registered as Republican; they have also been a CIA analyst.
In his letter, Nunes also wrote: ‘Because President Trump should be afforded an opportunity to confront his accusers, the anonymous whistleblower should testify.’
‘Moreover, given the multiple discrepancies between the whistleblower’s complaint and the closed-door testimony of the witnesses, it is imperative that the American people hear definitively how the whistleblower developed his or her information, and who else the whistleblower may have fed the information he or she gathered and how that treatment of classified information may have led to the false narrative being perpetrated by the Democrats during this process.’
Fox reported that Republicans also want to call Alexandra Chalupa as a witness.
She was a Ukrainian-American consultant for the Democratic National Committee, who allegedly held meetings with staff at the Ukrainian Embassy in Washington, D.C.
The claimed she is a ‘prime witness’ given Trump’s documented belief that the Ukrainian government meddled in the 2016 election to oppose his candidacy.
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