November 22, 2019
Politics

Schiff Requests Republican Witness List During Impeachment Inquiry, Suggests He May Block

House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) sent a letter to the top Republican on the committee on Wednesday, asking him for the names of any witnesses the GOP wants to question as part of the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump.

Schiff told Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), ranking member of the committee, that he has 72 hours to submit witness requests in writing, per the recent impeachment process resolution that House Democrats passed but was opposed by all GOP members and two Democrats. The letter (pdf) misidentifies the date of Saturday as Nov. 8 when its actually Nov. 9.

Democrats dont plan on having all the witnesses who testified behind closed doors testify in the upcoming public impeachment hearings so if Republicans want, they can request any of the witnesses to testify in public.

Schiff said each request “must be accompanied by a detailed written justification of the relevance to the inquiry of the testimony of each requested witness.”

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, in Washington on Oct. 28, 2019. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times)
U.S. President Donald Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky
U.S. President Donald Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky
U.S. President Donald Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky speak during a meeting in New York on Sept. 25, 2019. (Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images)
Joe biden is welcomed by Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko
Joe biden is welcomed by Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko
Then-Vice President Joe Biden arrives for a meeting with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko Kyiv on Jan. 16, 2017. (Genya Savilov/AFP/Getty Images)

Witnesses must be able to speak to Trumps request of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to “look into” allegations of corruption against former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden.

Though the elder Biden publicly admitted that he threatened to withhold $1 billion in aid unless Ukraine ousted a prosecutor who was probing his sons employer, Burisma, both have denied wrongdoing and Democrats have said Trumps request amounted to trying to get a foreign government investigate “the presidents political rival” since Biden is Read More – Source

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