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

23:00  10 november  2019
23:00  10 november  2019 Source:   cnn.com

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Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham insisted Sunday that the impeachment inquiry is “ invalid ” without testimony from the whistleblower and a Graham (R- S .C.) told Fox News on Sunday. “ Without the whistleblower complaint, we wouldn’t be talking about any of this,” he added.

Democrats claim that the whistleblower ' s testimony is irrelevant at this point because the witnesses who have already testified have provided more information on President Trump's July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky at the heart of the inquiry than the whistleblower would be

Lindsey Graham wearing a suit and tie: US Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) speaks during a press conference on the impeachment of US President Donald Trump at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on October 24, 2019. (Photo by Andrew CABALLERO-REYNOLDS / AFP) (Photo by ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP via Getty Images)© Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images US Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) speaks during a press conference on the impeachment of US President Donald Trump at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on October 24, 2019. (Photo by Andrew CABALLERO-REYNOLDS / AFP) (Photo by ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP via Getty Images)

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.

Graham, whose committee would be at the center of Trump's trial in the Senate should the House approve articles of impeachment against the President, also said in his Sunday interview with Fox News that the process would be "dead on arrival" in the Republican-controlled chamber if the whistleblower doesn't testify before Congress.

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Lindsey Graham ties whistleblower to the "deep state," cites fairness to say if no testimony then House impeachment is "dead on arrival" in the After his comment about the deep state, Graham said that the only reason we don’t know the identity of the whistleblower is because it hurts the

Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said he was “confident” the whistleblower is from the “deep state.” The whistleblower is foundational to what they are doing to the House and the fact that they don’t want to call him tells you everything that you need to know how about valid the effort is to impeachment the

"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 and I also see the need for Hunter Biden to be called to adequately defend the President and if you don't do those two things it's a complete joke," Graham, a South Carolina Republican, said.

He continued: "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. So if they don't call the whistleblower in the House, this thing is dead on arrival in the Senate."

CNN has reached out to Graham for clarification on what he means by "invalid."

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Andrew Bakaj, the whistleblower ’ s lawyer, would not confirm or deny the reported name, but said Trump Jr. and others were endangering the person as well as the system built to protect whistleblowers . “Identifying any name for the whistleblower will simply place that individual and

Republicans Ask For Whistleblower , Hunter Biden to Testify in Impeachment Inquiry . Republican lawmakers are asking that the impeachment inquiry into President Trump hear publicly from Hunter Biden and the anonymous whistleblower whose allegations prompted the probe.

The comments from Graham come a day after House Republicans and Democrats sparred over whether the whistleblower would provide testimony as part of the impeachment inquiry, an aspect of the process that was seen as critical during the start of it, but was put to rest Saturday by House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff.

House Republicans had submitted to Democrats earlier Saturday a list of witnesses they'd like to testify as part of the chamber's impeachment inquiry into Trump and Ukraine, seeking testimony from the whistleblower, former Vice President Joe Biden's son Hunter Biden and former US special envoy for Ukraine Kurt Volker, among others.

"As of right now, they are giving us no witnesses," California Rep. Devin Nunes, the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, told Fox News Saturday night. Democrats have so far received testimony from 15 witnesses that they called before the committee.

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Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham introduced a resolution in October condemning the inquiry He has also asserted, without evidence, that the whistleblower has a political agenda. When he updated his testimony in a statement that said he had been the messenger of a quid pro

Graham called on Democrats last month to release transcripts of the private testimonies provided by witnesses during the impeachment inquiry . During the interview, Graham pushed his unsubstantiated theory that the whistleblower , whose identity has not been confirmed, is a member

But Schiff, in his letter to Nunes on Saturday, said the whistleblower's testimony would be "redundant and unnecessary."

"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," the letter, obtained by CNN Saturday night, read.

Schiff also argued in his letter that "in light of the President's threats, the individual's appearance before us would only place their personal safety at grave risk."

The President has been encouraging media outlets to out the whistleblower, and he wrote in a September tweet that "Like every American, I deserve to meet my accuser."

The whistleblower's complaint at the heart of the House's inquiry alleges that Trump pushed Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden, the former vice president's son and the 2016 election in order to help the President politically and that the White House took steps to cover it up. Trump has denied doing anything improper.

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Lindsey Graham said Sen. Rand Paul calling on the media to “do your job” and name the whistleblower was “very responsible” because the statute was never meant to provide for anonymity and that the entire impeachment process was “generated based on an anonymous source.”

Sen Lindsey Graham has claimed that the whistleblower whose complaint launched the Ukraine impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump 'had interactions' with House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff. In an interview on Sunday, Graham told Fox News: 'When you

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.

Asked during a Sunday interview on Fox News about the possibility that outing the person could send a "chilling message" to other government officials looking to file complaints, White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said protecting whistleblowers is important but so is questioning their motivations.

"Whistleblower protections are important," she said. "But you can't just not question the motivations of this whistleblower."

But at least one Republican lawmaker, Texas Rep. Will Hurd, has spoken out against revealing the identity of the whistleblower.

"I think we should be protecting the identity of the whistleblower, I've said that since the very beginning," Hurd told Fox News in a Sunday interview, adding: "How we treat this whistleblower will impact whistleblowers in the future."

Johnson opens door to subpoenaing whistleblower, Schiff, Bidens .
Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) opened the door on Thursday to subpoenaing a cadre of top Republican targets as part of his panel's oversight work. Pressed if he would issue subpoenas for House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), former Vice President Biden or his son Hunter Biden or the whistleblower at the center of the impeachment inquiry, Johnson stressed that he was still trying to collect information.

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