Republicans call Hunter Biden, whistleblower and others to publicly testify


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.

They now want to have the whistleblower, an intelligence community official who has asked for anonymity, and Hunter Biden, the son of the Democratic candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden, to their list of witnesses to testify in open, public, televised impeachment inquiry hearings, according to The Washington Post.

"President Trump should be afforded an opportunity to confront his accusers, the anonymous whistleblower should testify", Nunes argued in this letter to Schiff (D-Ca) while pointing at "multiple discrepancies between the whistleblower's complaint and the closed-door testimony of the witnesses".

Intelligence Committee Ranking Republican Devin Nunes sent an embarrassingly facetious threat with the GOP's request. On Saturday, the chairman said the impeachment inquiry will not be used to undertake investigations into the Bidens or the 2016 election.

The Democrats are aiming to make Trump only the third president in USA history to be impeached, which would see him go on trial for removal in the Republican-dominated Senate.

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President Trump said Saturday that he'll probably release a transcript of his other phone call with Ukraine's president on Tuesday.

Gordon Sondland, the USA ambassador to the European Union, revised his testimony last week to admit he had linked unfreezing almost $400 million in military aid to Ukraine in exchange for Kiev publicly opening the investigations.

The House impeachment inquiry that has since been dubbed Ukrainegate was launched in September and focuses on a claim by a still unidentified person that Trump used $400 million in military aid to pressure Ukraine's leader Volodymir Zelensky into opening an investigation into corruption allegations against Joe Biden.

The impeachment hearings have been held behind closed doors but will be held in public starting next week. Determined to keep readers fully informed and enable them to form and flesh out their own opinions, The Times of Israel has gradually established itself as the leading source of independent and fair-minded journalism on Israel, the region and the Jewish world.