Published: Mon, November 11, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Trump Demands Stronger Defense From Republicans Amid Impeachment Probe

Trump Demands Stronger Defense From Republicans Amid Impeachment Probe

House Republicans had submitted to Democrats earlier Saturday a list of witnesses they'd like to testify as part of the chamber's impeachment inquiry into Trump and Ukraine, seeking testimony from the whistleblower, former Vice President Joe Biden's son Hunter Biden and former U.S. special envoy for Ukraine Kurt Volker, among others.

In a separate letter to Mr. Nunes obtained by CNN, Mr. Schiff said that the anonymous person "has a right under laws championed by this committee to remain anonymous and to be protected from harm". The other witnesses the GOP has requested to publicly testify include former special envoy to Ukraine Kurt Volker and former Fusion GPS contractor Nellie Ohr.

They are prepared to disrupt testimony and shift the subject to the allegations Trump raised with Zelensky: that Biden protected his son Hunter's allegedly corrupt relationship with a Ukrainian energy company, Burisma, and that Ukraine helped Democrats in the 2016 race.

One Democratic member of the House Intelligence Committee, also interviewed on Fox, suggested that the main consideration in summoning witnesses should be whether they had "knowledge or evidence about the president's conduct" in regard to Ukraine.

As the impeachment inquiry against President Trump moves into a public phase this week, leading Democrats - joined by at least one GOP lawmaker - on Sunday rejected Republican demands for public testimony by the whistleblower whose complaint set the process in motion.

"Now, they want to have a transcript of the other call".

Investigators in the inquiry on Friday released hundreds of pages of testimony from Fiona Hill, a former White House Russia adviser, and Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, an Army officer assigned to the National Security Council.

Trump appeared to take aim at a number of party members starting to attack his July 25 chat with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy while still arguing it was not deserving of ousting an elected president.

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He also called the original whistleblower's testimony "redundant and unnecessary" and said that an appearance would put the whistleblower's personal safety at risk.

Prior to the revelation that Schiff and his staff had secretly worked with the anti-Trump complainant before he even filed a complaint against Trump, Schiff repeatedly denied any contact with the complainant.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) on Sunday described the House Democrat-led impeachment inquiry as a "calculated coup", and accused Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) of orchestrating it.

"Well, because what's going to happen, when you find out who the whistleblower is, I'm confident you're going to find out it's somebody from the deep state", Graham said.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the president engaged in nothing short of a "cover-up" as Democrats turned their laser focus on the Ukraine matter as central to their impeachment probe.

There is no evidence of wrongdoing by either Joe or Hunter Biden in Ukraine. "And I also see the need for Hunter Biden to be called to adequately defend the president".

"I think we should just turn over every rock and pursue every lead to ultimately get to the truth", Hurd said.

The President has been encouraging media outlets to out the whistleblower, and he wrote in a September tweet that "Like every American, I deserve to meet my accuser".

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