Former acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker said it is “very dangerous” for Democrats not to allow Republicans to call a reasonable number of witnesses to “shed light” on the whole impeachment issue. And now Democrats are dropping their “quid pro quo” chants and using words like “corruption” and “bribery” to accuse the president, reported Fox News.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), has rejected the list of witnesses put forward by Republicans—including Joe Biden’s son Hunter Biden, and also the anonymous whistleblower who triggered the inquiry.
“The committee will not facilitate efforts by President Trump and his allies in Congress to threaten, intimidate, and retaliate against the whistleblower who courageously raised the initial alarm,” Schiff said in a letter to the committee’s Ranking Member Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.)
“The whistleblower has a right under laws championed by this committee to remain anonymous and to be protected from harm,” he added.
Only calling Democrat witnesses is an entirely partisan exercise—only Democrat witnesses and votes, “The American people are not going to be happy with that,” said Whitaker to Fox News. It is not due process or fairness, he added.
There are no facts or witnesses that have indicated President Trump did any wrongdoing. Ukraine didn’t feel pressured. “There are no facts to support this impeachment,” said Whitaker. Democrats have begun to drop the “quid pro quo” line of accusations, and are throwing around words like “extortion” and “bribery” to investigate his opponent, Joe Biden. Ukraine got the money; there was no investigation open, he said.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), said unless the anonymous whistleblower is allowed to testify, the whole impeachment exercise will be “dead in the water” when it reaches the Senate.
“I consider any impeachment in the House that doesn’t allow us to know who the whistleblower is to be invalid because without the whistleblower complaint we wouldn’t be talking about any of this,” Graham said on the Fox News program “Sunday Morning Futures” on Nov. 10.
“It’s impossible to bring this case forward, in my view, fairly, without us knowing who the whistleblower is and having a chance to cross-examine them about any biases they may have,” he said. “So, if they don’t call the whistleblower in the House, this thing is dead on arrival in the Senate.”
Whitaker agrees with Graham, “Not only is it dead on arrival, there’s a risk that the Senate doesn’t even take it up as it is a completely partisan exercise where [there are] only Democrat witnesses, only Democrats’ votes, and Republicans’ rights to due process and fairness are not honored,” Whitaker told “Outnumbered Overtime.”