Through this letter, Republican members on the House Intelligence Committee, a minority led by Nunes, have put forward a list of witnesses they believe would absolve Trump of blame.
Because President Trump should be afforded an opportunity to confront his accusers, the anonymous whistleblower should testify.
As Breitbart News reported, the partisan impeachment resolution passed by House Democrats gives Schiff unprecedented power, granting him the ability to stiff-arm attempts to call the younger Biden as a witness.
Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) formally requested that House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) testify in the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump, noting that Schiff misled the public about his team's interaction with the person who filed a complaint against Trump.
Schiff said last month that protecting the whistleblower was a priority for the committee.
The whistleblower's complaint centered on a July phone call in which President Trump asked Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and Biden's son, Hunter. Republicans are seeking testimony from eight specific witnesses as well from all officials, so far anonymous, who helped the whistleblower prepare the complaint.More news: North Korean fishermen suspected of killing 16 of their crew members
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Schiff said during a mid-September MSNBC appearance, "We have not spoken directly with the whistleblower". Reps. Nunes, Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, and Mark Meadows, R-North Carolina, have said they're trying to identify an important witness. It later became known that Trump withheld military aid of up to $400 million.
Schiff has called about a dozen witnesses to closed-door hearings with three House committees.
- John Bolton, Trump's former national security adviser, was aware of "many relevant meetings and conversations" related to the Ukraine pressure campaign that House impeachment investigators have not yet learned about, his attorney Charles Cooper wrote in a letter to the House general counsel. Vindman heard Trump's call with Ukraine's president.
Outing the Ukraine whistleblower "who followed the law completely undermines the process Congress created to ensure members of the intelligence community disclose wrongdoing through legal channels", said Liz Hempowicz, director of public policy at the Project On Government Oversight, a nonpartisan independent federal watchdog organization.
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. Senators could say they disagreed with the House process, he said, or they could simply say that as potential jurors in an eventual impeachment trial they wouldn't discuss it, according to the people familiar with the meeting.
"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.