Schiff Whacks Nunes' Witness Requests: Will Not Abet 'Sham Investigations'

"As we move into the open hearing phase of the inquiry, the Committee is mindful that we are engaged in a sober endeavor rooted in the Constitution to determine whether the President of the United States engaged in misconduct that warrants impeachment by the House".

"Because President Trump should be afforded an opportunity to confront his accusers, the anonymous whistleblower should testify", Nunes wrote.

Schiff, a Democrat from California, responded to the letter later Saturday with his own two-page letter.

Democrats, who hold the House majority, are expected to overrule the request.

Witnesses have testified that Trump directed Ukrainian leaders to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, a leading 2020 candidate, and have indicated that the Trump administration withheld aid in return for Ukraine's announcing an investigation into Biden. The other was meant to show that Ukrainians, not Russians, meddled in the 2016 election, and that their goal was to help Hillary Clinton, not Trump - a narrative that elides the results of multiple probes showing Russian interference.

In a letter on Saturday, Schiff rejected Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), the ranking Republican on the Intelligence Committee, on the whistleblower, saying it is not necessary.

That Trump had reason to be concerned about Ukrainian meddling in the 2016 election.

In addition to Mr. Biden, son of former Vice President Joseph R. Biden and a former board member of Ukraine's Burisma Holdings, the list included former Burisma board member Devon Archer; ex-Democratic National Committee staffer Alexandra Chalupa, and former Fusion GPS opposition researcher Nellie Ohr.

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Hunter Biden (left) and Joe Biden.

"I think we should be protecting the identity of the whistleblower", Hurd said.

That Trump's actions were, in fact, reasonable and did not meaningfully affect Ukraine.

McCarthy also claimed Democrats are trying to obfuscate their involvement with the whistleblower who alerted officials about Trump's July 25 which is at the center of the impeachment inquiry. And that's exactly what happened here. Judging by Nunes' list, Republicans are focused more on the latter than the former.

Later the same day, President Trump said some of his suggestions for the Republicans' list of potential witnesses did not make the cut. At the same time, the whistleblower's input is irrelevant.

"What was his engagement with the whistleblower before the information, the whistleblower's allegations, were transmitted to Congress?"

Investigators in the inquiry on Friday released hundreds of pages of testimony from Fiona Hill, a former White House Russia adviser, and Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, an Army officer assigned to the National Security Council. "And any information that they can provide, you know, that basically deflects our attention away from what they did and what they're planning on doing is very useful to them".

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