Democrats Announce New List Of Witnesses For Impeachment Hearings

On Tuesday, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff released a list of names of individuals that he is requiring to testify before the committee next week in a series of public congressional hearings.

The list included eight individuals but its the names missing from the list which are causing quite the stir.

Here’s the schedule next week, from Axios:

Tuesday, Nov. 19:

  • Scheduled for morning hearing:
    • Jennifer Williams, an aide to Vice President Mike Pence.
    • Vindman, who serves as the Director for European Affairs at the National Security Council.
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  • Scheduled for afternoon hearing:
    • Volker.
    • Morrison, a White House aide with the National Security Council focusing on Europe and Russia policy.

Wednesday, Nov. 20:

  • Scheduled for morning hearing:
    • Sondland.
  • Scheduled for afternoon hearing:
    • Laura Cooper, the deputy assistant secretary of defense for Russian, Ukrainian, and Eurasian Affairs.
    • David Hale, the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs.

Thursday, Nov. 21:

  • Scheduled for morning hearing:

    • Fiona Hill, former National Security Council senior director for Europe and Russia

It should be noted that Vindman, Volker, Morrison, Sondland, and Cooper have already testified before the committee, ABC News reports.

Notice any names missing from the list?

How about the very whistleblower who started the impeachment inquiry?

Republicans want the American people to hear his testimony. What really did he know about the telephone call President Trump had with the Ukrainian president? Who provided him with the information? Why?

While the whistleblower’s identity is not yet confirmed, the Washington Examiner reports Eric Ciaramella, a career CIA analyst with a recent history of trying to damage Trump from within his own administration, is believed to be the whistleblower.

The Washington Examiner reports:

Ciaramella, 33, a career CIA analyst, was Ukraine director on the NSC toward the end of the Obama administration and stayed there during the first few months of the Trump administration, when he was acting senior director for European and Russian affairs and then special assistant to Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, who was Trump’s national security adviser, until he left the White House in summer 2017.

Now a deputy national intelligence officer for Russia and Eurasia on the National Intelligence Council, Ciaramella is suspected of being the official who filed a complaint about a July 25 phone call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

Breitbart reports the whistleblower’s attorney, Andrew Bakaj is also missing from the list.

“My client’s complaint has been largely corroborated. Nonetheless, I have offered to have my client respond in writing, under oath, and under penalty of perjury to Republican questions,” Bakaj said to CNN concerning his client’s refusal to testify to the committee. So if his client is refusing to testify, perhaps his legal representation can?

Another name not on the list: Hunter Biden. Or Joe Biden, for that matter.

The two Bidens are at the very center of the Ukrainian controversy—with the elder Biden’s own admission that the Obama administration withheld aid from Ukraine until the government fired a federal prosecutor looking into his son.

Former House Intelligence Committee Chairman and Republican Devin Nunes responded to Schiff’s list by calling it and the over-arching impeachment process “a drastic departure from bipartisan precedent for presidential impeachment proceedings.”

“The minority members must identify all potential witnesses we wish to call before knowing the number, topics or scope of hearings you intend to convene,” he continued.

According to the report, Republicans have requested the committee require the testimonies of former Burisma board member, Devon Archer; former Democratic National Committee staffer Alexandra Chalupa; Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs David Hale; former National Security Council official Tim Morrison; former contractor for Fusion GPS Nellie Ohr; former U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker; and the individuals from which the whistle-blower obtained information about the phone call.