Published: Sat, November 09, 2019
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Republicans want to call Hunter Biden as a witness in impeachment hearing

Republicans want to call Hunter Biden as a witness in impeachment hearing

"Because President Trump should be afforded an opportunity to confront his accusers, the anonymous whistleblower should testify", Nunes wrote. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff said three State Department witnesses will appear in two hearings Wednesday and Friday: the US ambassador to Ukraine, Bill Taylor, career department official George Kent and Marie Yovanovitch, the former USA ambassador to Ukraine. But as NPR's Tim Mak notes, "the rules approved by the House for the impeachment inquiry require that Democrats approve GOP witness requests". His counterpart, Rep. Mark Meadows (N.C.), the top Republican on the panel and a vigorous Trump defender, did not respond to a request for comment.

"Whistleblowers should never ever be exposed", he said. "Our committee will not be a part of that". Tweets from Trump and his oldest son, Donald Trump Jr., have included messages that purport to unmask the individual.

Jordan is seen as the "chief messenger" for Republicans, said one senior House GOP aide who was not authorized to publicly discuss the strategy and spoke on condition of anonymity. "It seems interesting to me that Chairman Schiff is so sensitive".

Biden's work for Burisma is an issue in the impeachment inquiry into whether Trump abused his power by asking that Ukrainian leaders investigate the Bidens at the same time that he was withholding military aid from their country.

Schiff has called about a dozen witnesses to closed-door hearings with three House committees.

Despite attacks by Trump and his supporters against the Ukraine whistleblower, others, like the Central Intelligence Agency employee, will not be dissuaded from exposing wrongdoing, according to one who did.

William B. Taylor Jr., the acting US ambassador to Ukraine, also testified last week that he was told Trump wanted to suspend military aid the USA had pledged to Ukraine unless Ukraine officials publicly stated they would open an investigation.

Republicans are temporarily moving aside a current member of the panel to make space for the OH lawmaker on the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee, in an unusual step that heralded the seriousness of the situation for Trump and his party.

"I said, I'm telling you, you're not getting the billion dollars. That's raising the bar too high on reporting concerns". While most attention has focused on the first whistleblower, The Washington Post and other media outlets reported in October that a second person had spoken to the inspector general of the intelligence community. At a press conference announcing that former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort had agreed to testify before the committee, Nunes said those who volunteered information would be protected. "We want more people to come forward".

"Most of these folks have got to know that what the president's doing is wrong, but they've made a cold-hearted, political decision right now it's best to stick with the president", he said. She previously reported on breaking news in D.C., politics in Florida for the Bradenton Herald and politics in OH for the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

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