Jim Jordan: Republicans Want to Subpoena Whistleblower to Testify in Public Hearing


The tweets, which came shortly after President Trump fired then-acting Attorney General Sally Yates for failing to defend federal laws in court, are likely to fuel Republican concerns that the anonymous whistleblower's complaint is tainted with partisanship.

The subpoena from Republicans comes as Democrats continue to move the inquiry into a more public phase, releasing transcripts on Wednesday from the House's private hearings with USA diplomats who were close to the president's dealings with Ukraine. "It's up to Devin", Jordan said when asked if he wanted to join the panel. It can not be okay in our country for a United States president - any president - to go to a foreign leader and ask for help in his election.

According to CNN Thursday, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) told reporters that Republicans will request that the House Intelligence Committee force the whistleblower to testify publicly. "They certainly should not be subject to these kinds of vicious attacks".

Democrats in the House launched an impeachment investigation after an intelligence official made a whistleblower complaint about a July 25 telephone call in which Trump pressed his Ukrainian counterpart to investigate political rival Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden.

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Democrats launched the impeachment investigation in August after the whistle-blower sent a formal complaint to the inspector general of the intelligence community, alleging that Mr Trump improperly pressured Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in a July 25 phone call to help the United States leader's upcoming re-election campaign.

Democrats on Capitol Hill responded to the criticism by launching an impeachment inquiry to look at the allegations, which have since been largely confirmed by means of testimony supplied by present and former administration officers in congressional testimony. The House Intelligence Committee this week released four transcripts. "We want to get the truth out and get out of this bunker so the American people can see what's going on". However, some Republicans, including Sen.

"Government whistleblowers should be protected", he said in a column for USA Today on Tuesday. "All he did was expose that his government was not obeying the Constitution", Paul said.

"That is why the "whistleblower" must testify under oath and in person".