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Politics Schiff signals he will reject GOP 'sham' witness requests

23:05  09 november  2019
23:05  09 november  2019 Source:   washingtonexaminer.com

Adam Schiff says whistleblower testimony is 'redundant and unnecessary'

  Adam Schiff says whistleblower testimony is 'redundant and unnecessary' House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff made clear on Saturday that the Ukraine whistleblower won't be testifying in the impeachment inquiry, arguing that the individual's testimony would be "redundant and unnecessary."House Republicans earlier Saturday had submitted a list of witnesses to Democrats that they'd like to testify as part of the chamber's impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump and Ukraine. The list included the whistleblower and former Vice President Joe Biden's son Hunter Biden.

Adam Schiff requesting that nine different witnesses testify “in an open setting.” After a scathing opening that completely dismantles the “ sham Archer, a longtime business partner of Hunter Biden (who’s the son of former Vice President Joe Biden), was requested in the hopes that he could explain

Adam Schiff will reject the GOP subpoena requests . House Republicans plan to call Hunter Biden, the Ukraine whistleblower and a range of other witnesses to testify in the upcoming public Trump impeachment hearings, according to a witness list obtained exclusively by Fox News.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff rejected the GOP’s request that the panel summon Vice President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, to testify at public impeachment hearings next week.

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The California Democrat also signaled he will not agree to some of the other witnesses Republicans requested Saturday, including Alexandra Chalupa, a former Democratic National Committee staffer who Republicans said worked with the Ukrainian Embassy in Washington, D.C., “to try to get political dirt on then-candidate Trump’s campaign.”

Sen. Graham: Impeachment 'dead on arrival' in Senate if Dems keep whistleblower from testifying

  Sen. Graham: Impeachment 'dead on arrival' in Senate if Dems keep whistleblower from testifying Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., accused House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., of not caring about the truth, and said Schiff's impeachment efforts will go nowhere unless he calls the anonymous whistleblower to come forward and testify about their complaint against President Trump. House Republicans over the weekend submitted a list of witnesses they would like to call for public testimony during the impeachment inquiry, but Schiff -- who is running the probe -- was swift to reject the request to have the whistleblower come forward.

GOP lawmakers have until Saturday to submit their witness requests to Schiff . But GOP efforts to get the whistleblower to testify are not expected to be successful, The Hill noted. Democrats, who have veto power over GOP subpoena requests , have rejected outing the whistleblower, citing safety

He got fired,” he added. As Breitbart News reported Nunes issued a warning to Schiff in the letter: Because the Democrats’ resolution unfairly restricts Minority “Your failure to fulfill Minority witness requests shall constitute evidence of your denial of fundamental fairness and due process,” he added.

Schiff, who will head public impeachment hearings beginning Wednesday, said in a Saturday statement that he will consider a list of witness requests provided by the GOP.

“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 to facilitate the President’s effort to threaten, intimidate, and retaliate against the whistleblower who courageously raised the initial alarm," he said.

Democrats plan to open the public hearings on Wednesday with testimony from acting Ukraine Ambassador Bill Taylor, who said in a closed-door deposition that he believed President Trump was withholding critical security aid from Ukraine in order to get Ukrainian government officials to investigate Biden and the Democrats.

The moment of truth for Democrats arrives Wednesday

  The moment of truth for Democrats arrives Wednesday A crucial phase of the impeachment investigation begins with public hearings Wednesday. House Democrats on the Intelligence Committee are preparing to review with the public some of the damning findings that they have gathered over the course of their closed hearings with committee Republicans. © Susan Walsh/AP House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., followed by Rep. Mike Quigley, D-Ill., walks out to talk to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019, about the House impeachment inquiry.

Adam Schiff will reject the GOP subpoena requests . EXCLUSIVE: House Republicans plan to call Hunter Biden, the Ukraine whistleblower and a range of other witnesses to testify in the upcoming public Trump impeachment hearings, according to a witness list obtained exclusively by Fox News.

Schiff in a letter to Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), the ranking member of the panel, late Wednesday outlined questions that will be used to weigh whether a witness 's Among the questions are whether President Trump requested “that a foreign leader and government initiate investigations to benefit the

Democrats are building an impeachment case that accuses Trump of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

California Rep. Devin Nunes, who is the top Republican on the intelligence panel, sent a witness list to Schiff that included Hunter Biden as well as the anonymous whistleblower, whose complaint about a July 25 phone call between President Trump and Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky launched the impeachment proceedings.

[Also read: Republicans seek public testimony of Hunter Biden and anonymous whistleblower at impeachment hearings]

Trump asked Zelensky on the call to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden’s effort to oust a Ukraine prosecutor who was targeting the Burisma Holdings gas company, which employed Hunter Biden for a hefty salary.

Trump also wanted Zelensky to investigate allegations the Democratic National Committee was working with Ukraine officials in 2016 to find information that would be damaging to the Trump presidential campaign.

Republicans want to showcase witnesses who would back up Trump’s concerns about Democratic election interference and Ukrainian corruption and, in particular, why Hunter Biden won a seat on the gas company board despite having no experience.

The GOP list includes Ambassador Kurt Volker, who served as a special envoy to Ukraine. Nunes has requested Volker to serve on the same panel as Taylor.

Republicans also want to hear from David Hale, the undersecretary of state for political affairs, and Tim Morrison, senior director for European and Russian Affairs on the National Security Council.

Morrison said in closed-door testimony that he did not believe Trump did anything wrong in his July 25 conversation with Zelensky.

Schiff is more likely to allow the GOP to call Volker, Hale, and Morrison.

Trump labels Stefanik a 'new Republican Star' .
President Trump in a tweet early Sunday labeled Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) a "new Republican Star.""A new Republican Star is born. Great going @EliseStefanik!" he tweeted.

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