House Republicans plan to call Hunter Biden as well as the Ukraine whistleblower as witnesses to testify in the public impeachment hearings against President Trump, according to a report from Fox News.
House Intelligence Committee ranking member Devin Nunes wrote to chairman Adam Schiff with the following message:
“Americans see through this sham impeachment process, despite the Democrats’ efforts to retroactively legitimize it last week. To provide transparency to your otherwise opaque and unfair process, and after consultation with [House Oversight Committee] Ranking Member Jim Jordan and [House Foreign Affairs Committee] Ranking Member Michael McCaul, the American people deserve to hear from the following witnesses in an open setting.”
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At the top of Republicans’ list is former Vice President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter, who has emerged as a central figure in the Ukraine controversy due to his business dealings.
The impeachment inquiry began when a whistleblower reported that Trump had pushed Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to launch an investigation into the Biden family’s dealings in Ukraine—specifically, why former Vice President Joe Biden pressured former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to fire a top prosecutor, Viktor Shokin, who was investigating Ukrainian natural gas firm Burisma Holdings, where Hunter held a lucrative role on the board, bringing in a reported $50,000 per month.
Republicans noted that in testimony from former State Department official George Kent raised concerns about “the appearance of a conflict of interest stemming from Mr. Biden’s position on Burisma’s board,” and added that former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovich was prepared by the Obama State Department to address questions about Mr. Biden’s position on Burisma during her Senate confirmation process.
It is unclear how many of the Republicans’ proposed witnesses will be approved by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff.
The newly-approved resolution governing the impeachment inquiry give the approval power to Democrats, and specifically the chairman and the members of the majority.