Published: Tue, November 12, 2019

Nunes demands Schiff testify in private as part of House impeachment inquiry

Nunes demands Schiff testify in private as part of House impeachment inquiry

The "impeachapalooza", as described by Pergram due to the word games Democrats adopted since they are unable to establish wrongdoing by the president, was initiated by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and now being led by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.).

In addition, President Trump has used threatening language about the whistleblower.

This week the committee will open the door on those proceedings by having three witnesses testify in an open Congressional hearing. "Specifically, I request that you sit for a closed-door deposition before the House Intelligence, Foreign Affairs and Oversight Committees".

When asked by Pergram if he was reluctant to refer the process to remove President Trump from office an "impeachment resolution" due to the possibility of the public perceiving "this stage as impeaching the president" even though Democrats are "obviously several steps short of that", Hoyer said he wishes to be cautious about his word choices.

In advance of the public hearings, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank), who is spearheading the impeachment inquiry, has not yet finalized the witness list.

Since the offer was sent to Rep. Devin Nunes of California, the top Republican on the House intelligence committee, the whistleblower's legal team has been waiting for an official response.

"I think we should be protecting the identity of the whistleblower", Hurd said.

"Crickets", said Mark Zaid, an attorney for the whistleblower.

On Friday Marie Yovanovitch, the former US ambassador to Ukraine, is scheduled to testify.

"I think we've gotten lost in this whole idea of quid pro quo", Paul said, using the Latin phrase meaning "something for something", which describes a service or favor being expected in return for one provided. On ABC's "This Week", Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas), said that although Trump's behavior might have been inappropriate, "I do not believe it was impeachable".

The aid to Ukraine too was eventually released without condition.

"Let's see how this goes this week", Nunes said. The mainstream media is going to say how damaging it is to the president. And not Hunter Biden or the whistle-blower. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney of NY said he couldn't speak for Schiff but that figures like Hunter Biden and the whistleblower would not fall into that category.

Meanwhile Schiff turned the blame on GOP lawmakers for requesting a fairer process, claiming "they can't defend the president's conduct" despite Democrats also failing to show evidence any wrongdoing by President Trump.

Nor, Maloney said, would Nellie Ohr, a contractor with Fusion GPS, a research firm that hired former British intelligence official Christopher Steele to investigate allegations about ties between Russian Federation and Trump's 2016 campaign.

At the same time, Kennedy attacked the Democratic-led impeachment inquiry process as being slanted, pointing to Schiff's reluctance to allow the witnesses Republicans have requested.

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