On Friday, House Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), sent a letter requesting impeachment witnesses on behalf of GOP to House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), reported Fox News.
The requested witnesses include: Devon Archer, former board member of Burisma Holdings
- Hunter Biden, former board member of Burisma Holdings
- Alexandra Chalupa, former Democratic National Committee staffer
- David Hale, under-secretary of State for political affairs
- Tim Morrison, former senior director for European and Russian affairs on the National Security Counsel
- Nellie Ohr, former contractor for Fusion GPS
- Kurt Volker, former U.S. special representative for Ukraine negotiations
- The whistleblower
- Anyone the whistleblower relied on to create the complaint
In the official letter, Nunes stressed that the American people deserve the right to hear testimony of the above-proposed witnesses, saying, “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.”
He also emphasized the importance of the testimony of Hunter Biden and the anonymous whistleblower. Nunes said Biden’s testimony is necessary to shed light on “President Trump’s long-standing and deeply held skepticism” of Ukraine.
Nunes also insisted on having testimony from the whistleblower, whose complaint triggered the impeachment inquiry against the president, saying, “President Trump should be afforded an opportunity to confront his accusers.”
Schiff declined a request by Republicans for Hunter Biden and the anonymous whistleblower to testify in the public impeachment inquiry hearings beginning next week.
“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 whistleblower who courageously raised the initial alarm,” Schiff said in a letter to Nunes.
Echoing his prior claim that the whistleblower testimony is no longer necessary, Schiff said other witnesses and documents do “not only confirm but far exceed the initial information in the whistleblower’s complaint.”
Republicans have voiced the objections to the refusal of Schiff.
Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-N.Y.) took to Twitter on Saturday to slam Schiff ‘s response,
The “whistleblower” & all of his supposed sources should testify & answer GOP questions. Schiff blocking this would signal the whistleblower testifying would hurt Schiff’s case &/or even implicate Schiff & his team in wrongdoing. Any other excuse is just a disgusting smokescreen!
— Lee Zeldin (@RepLeeZeldin) November 10, 2019
Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) mocked the Democrats and called the impeachment inquiry “a sham.”
If Chairman Adam Schiff and Democrats are denying GOP impeachment witnesses to prevent a “sham process,” they’re certainly too late—because that’s exactly what these last 6 weeks of House Democrat’s attempted impeachment have been. A sham.
— Mark Meadows (@RepMarkMeadows) November 10, 2019
Talking on Fox’s “Sunday Morning Futures,” Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham said that if House Democrats refuse to bring in the “whistleblower” during their impeachment hearings, “this thing is dead on arrival in the Senate.”
“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,” “If they don’t call the whistleblower in the House, this thing is dead on arrival in the Senate.”
Nunes also wrote a letter to Schiff late Friday, before sending the list of requested witnesses, demanding the chairman appear for a deposition behind closed doors ahead of the public hearings next week to testify on his contacts with the whistleblower.