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Politics Adam Schiff says whistleblower testimony is 'redundant and unnecessary'

05:55  10 november  2019
05:55  10 november  2019 Source:   cnn.com

GOP argues whistleblower's name must be public

  GOP argues whistleblower's name must be public The clash over the whistleblower's identity — and that person’s right to anonymity — has emerged as a frontline battle in the partisan war over the Trump impeachment inquiry. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); Republicans on Capitol Hill contend that knowing the whistleblower's identity is vital to the process, granting Trump the right to face his accuser - and learn of any political biases the figure might have.

Adam Schiff announced Tuesday that the whistleblower who filed a mysterious complaint "We're in touch with counsel and look forward to the whistleblower 's testimony as soon as this week," he added. The whistleblower 's legal counsel did not immediately respond to CNN's request for comment.

House Intelligence Committee Chair Rep. Adam Schiff says his primary interest is now protecting the whistleblower . Fox News contributor Dan Bongino reacts.

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."

Adam Schiff, Mike Quigley are posing for a picture: 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.© 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.

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.

Whistleblower willing to answer GOP questions, lawyer says

  Whistleblower willing to answer GOP questions, lawyer says Zaid told CBS News that he made the offer in an effort to underscore his clients' desire to make sure that his complaint is handled in a nonpartisan way .Previously, the whistleblower had offered to answer questions under oath and in writing if submitted by the House Intelligence Committee as a whole. This new offer would be a direct channel of communication with the Republicans who are in the minority on that committee. Republican leadership has complained that the process is unfair and overly restrictive on their ability to question witnesses.

Adam Schiff , the Democrat who leads the process. Representative David Nunes (R-Ca) has Schiff was visibly displeased with the initiative as he said that it is the House Republicans seek to turn Also on rt.com Transcript of US ambassador to Ukraine reveals leaked ‘smoking gun’ testimony based on

Schiff said in September the whistleblower would appear before Congress “very soon,” but in recent weeks has suggested that testimony is unnecessary . "Because President Trump should be afforded an opportunity to confront his accusers, the anonymous whistleblower should testify," Nunes wrote.

In a letter obtained by CNN, Schiff goes further than he did earlier in the day when he said in a statement that his committee would evaluate the witness requests and "give due consideration to witnesses within the scope of the impeachment inquiry, as voted on by the House."

"The impeachment inquiry, moreover, has gathered an ever-growing body of evidence -- from witnesses and documents, including the President's own words in his July 25 call record -- that not only confirms, but far exceeds, the initial information in the whistleblower's complaint. The whistleblower's testimony is therefore redundant and unnecessary. In light of the President's threats, the individual's appearance before us would only place their personal safety at grave risk," Schiff wrote to California Rep. Devin Nunes, the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee.

Nunes demands Schiff testify in private as part of House impeachment inquiry

  Nunes demands Schiff testify in private as part of House impeachment inquiry EXCLUSIVE: The top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee has formally requested that the panel's chairman, Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., testify in a closed-door setting, claiming he is a "fact witness" in the impeachment inquiry against President Trump. © Provided by Fox News Network LLCFox News has obtained a letter written by committee Ranking Member Devin Nunes, R-Calif., who demanded that Schiff appear for a deposition in private before lawmakers."On November 6th, you announced the beginning of public hearings associated with the Democratic Party's partisan impeachment inquiry into President Donald J.

Devin Nunes said that calling these witnesses would help ensure the impeachment probe "treats the President with fairness." Democrats are unlikely to approve the entire request. Republicans Ask For Whistleblower , Hunter Biden to Testify in Impeachment Inquiry.

Schiff recently suggested that testimony from the whistleblower is unnecessary despite claiming in September that the anonymous individual who first outed Trump's phone call would appear "very soon." One name on the list is Devon Archer, who Trump himself recently labeled a "Ukraine gas exec."

The comments by Schiff, one of the Democrats in charge of the inquiry, are the clearest yet that the whistleblower won't testify in the probe, a dramatic shift since the beginning of the impeachment inquiry in September when the individual's testimony was viewed as paramount. The committee had engaged in a round of private talks to protect the whistleblower while allowing him or her to provide testimony, including disguising the individual's identity or conducting the interview off-site.

But as a parade of witnesses have corroborated the whistleblower's account, detailing the under-the-radar push by the President and his allies to have Ukraine probe his political foes, and as Trump has stepped up his attacks against the person, Democrats have abandoned the idea of securing the testimony.

In a letter to Schiff earlier Saturday, Republicans had listed the anonymous whistleblower, Hunter Biden, former US special envoy for Ukraine Kurt Volker, high-ranking State Department official David Hale and Tim Morrison, the top Russia and Europe adviser on the National Security Council among the people they wanted to testify.

Schiff signals he will reject GOP 'sham' witness requests

  Schiff signals he will reject GOP 'sham' witness requests 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. © Provided by MediaDC: Washington Newspaper Publishing Company, Inc.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.

Congressman Adam Schiff , chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, offers his view of the latest in Syria, the ongoing impeachment inquiry into President Trump and concerns about concealing the whistleblower 's identity.

It is a fact that most whistleblowers bring the transgression proudly forward into the public light for the specific purpose of exposing the deeds that deserve to be exposed. At great personal cost, they then provide a credible case for why this offense is illegal or a violation of the public trust and deserves to

The GOP also requested Nellie Ohr, a former Fusion GPS contractor, and Alexandra Chalupa, a former Democratic National Committee staffer —a sign that Republicans still want to focus on unsubstantiated claims related to the 2016 presidential campaign.

"As of right now, they are giving us no witnesses," Nunes told Fox News' Jeanine Pirro on Saturday night.

The whistleblower's attorney reacted on Saturday to the GOP's call for testimony from his client by reiterating that the person is only willing to answer questions in writing.

"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," Andrew Bakaj said in a statement to CNN.

The whistleblower complaint alleges that Trump abused his official powers "to solicit interference" from Ukraine in the upcoming 2020 election, and that the White House took steps to cover it up. Trump has denied any wrongdoing.

In the GOP letter to Schiff, Nunes bashed what he called a "sham impeachment process" and said that Republicans were calling the witnesses to testify in an open setting to "provide transparency to your otherwise opaque and unfair process."

Lindsey Graham: Impeachment inquiry is 'invalid' without whistleblower's testimony

  Lindsey Graham: Impeachment inquiry is 'invalid' without whistleblower's testimony Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham asserted Sunday that the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump is "invalid" unless the identity of the anonymous whistleblower whose complaint sparked House Democrats' probe is revealed.Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham asserted Sunday that the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump is "invalid" unless the identity of the anonymous whistleblower whose complaint sparked House Democrats' probe is revealed.

The answer is that they didn’t give Schiff what he wanted. Sondland revised his testimony this week to say he felt a quid pro quo (but not even necessarily an improper one) was “likely,” but also admitted it was pure presumption on his part. He testified he was given no order regarding the matter and had no

Schiff ’s office last month said that the whistleblower had reached out to them before filing the complaint in mid-August, giving Democrats advance warning of the accusations that would lead them to launch the inquiry days later. But in recent weeks has suggested that testimony is unnecessary .

Trump has pushed an unproven accusation that then-Vice President Biden improperly tried to help his son by pressuring the Ukrainian government to fire the country's prosecutor general. Hunter Biden served on the board of the Ukrainian natural gas company at the time.

There is no evidence of wrongdoing by either Joe or Hunter Biden in Ukraine.

Impeachment hearings are set to begin next week as Democrats prepare to take their case against Trump to the public. The open hearings will be the first time the US hears directly from the officials at the center of allegations against Trump.

Schiff had announced that three witnesses are set to publicly testify next week -- US diplomat Bill Taylor and State Department official George Kent will appear on Wednesday, and former US Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch is set to testify Friday.

This story has been updated.

GOP Rep. Stefanik mocks Schiff, reads his tweets and interviews about whistleblower testimony .
Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., took some public swipes at Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., mocking him at Friday's impeachment hearing by reading old tweets from when the House Intelligence Committee chairman vowed to have the Ukraine whistleblower testify before his panel. © Provided by Fox News Network LLCStefanik read aloud Schiff’s tweets -- as well as quotes from news reports and television appearances -- where Schiff said that the whistleblower, who remains anonymous, would testify. Schiff has since denied requests for that individual to come forward, calling the potential testimony “redundant” and “unnecessary” last week.

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