Whistleblower Q&A Offer Still Awaiting An Official 'No' From Republicans


According to Hurd, having whistleblower protections is "an important checks and balances" on the federal government. Right-wing media outlets have circulated the person's purported name, and Trump's son Donald Jr. last week tweeted out a Breitbart article that included it. USA diplomats have since described the demand as a quid pro quo in which a foreign government was pressured to get involved in the 2020 election for the personal benefit of Trump.

President Trump took to Twitter earlier Saturday, saying that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Schiff, and Biden should be added to the list of witnesses.

Other Republicans steered clear of the substance of allegations or questioned their significance.

Another Democratic member of the committee, Jim Himes, said Sunday that when people hear from respected officials with first-hand knowledge of the pressure campaign against Ukraine "the president's defense. which is all these people had second-hand knowledge, that's going to crumble".

"I believe that it is inappropriate for a president to ask a foreign leader to investigate a political rival", said Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, on ABC's This Week.

"This inquiry is not, and will not serve, however, as a vehicle to undertake the same sham investigations into the Bidens", said Mr. Schiff, "or 2016 that the President pressed Ukraine to conduct for his personal political benefit or to facilitate the President's effort to threaten, intimidate, and retaliate against the whistleblower who courageously raised the initial alarm".

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"You have an elected official demanding action of a foreign country - in this case providing something of valuem which is the investigation - and he's withholding aid, which is that official act".

She said that it is unnecessary for the individual to appear before the intelligence panel because other witnesses who were actually on Trump's phone call with Zelensky - which is at the center of the inquiry - will testify. He said Republicans want to hear testimony from Hunter Biden.

Rep. Jackie Speier joins members of the House Administration Committee during a hearing on preventing sexual harassment in Congress in the Longworth House Office Building on Capitol Hill December 7, 2017 in Washington, DC.

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.

"While in traditional hearings the minority is permitted to call witnesses, the resolution only allows minority members to suggest a witness list and requires them to provide 'a detailed written justification of the relevance of the testimony of each requested witness.' ..."