Schiff Refuses to Allow Testimony From Bidens, Whistleblower at Impeachment Hearings

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House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff says the Republicans’ request for public testimony by the whistleblower is “redundant and unnecessary.”

The whistleblower’s involvement led to the impeachment inquiry of President Trump. Republicans have argued that the whistleblower is a fact witness.

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House intelligence committee ranking member Rep. Devin Nunes sent a list of witnesses who Republicans would like to interview. This included Hunter Biden, joe Biden, and the whistleblower.

Schiff responded to the letter by writing the impeachment inquiry “has gathered an ever-growing body of evidence — from witnesses and documents, including the President’s own words in his July 25 call record — that not only confirms, but far exceeds, the initial information in the whistle-blower’s complaint. The whistle-blower’s testimony is therefore redundant and unnecessary. In light of the President’s threats, the individual’s appearance before us would only place their personal safety at grave risk.”

From Breitbart News:

In September, Schiff said the whistle-blower would appear before Congress “very soon,” but later has said the testimony is unnecessary.

In the phone call Trump pressed Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to conduct an investigation of the Bidens. Without confirmation, 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 served on the board, bringing in a reported $50,000 per month.

The whistle-blower in a complaint alleges that Trump abused his official powers “to solicit interference” from Ukraine in the 2020 election. That led to the impeachment inquiry.

Nunes has described it as a “sham impeachment process” and the Republicans’ desired witnesses will “provide transparency to your otherwise opaque and unfair process.”

In the letter, Schiff said “this inquiry is not and will not serve, however, as a vehicle to undertake the same sham investigations into the Bidens or 2016 that the President pressed Ukraine to conduct for his personal political benefit, or facilitate the President’s effort to threaten, intimidate, and retaliate against the whistle-blower who courageously raised the initial alarm.”