Over the weekend, House Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Devin Nunes sent a letter to Chairman Schiff as the Ukraine phone call sparked impeachment probe heats up and testimonies are to begin publicly on Wednesday of this week. The letter is essentially a ‘wish list’ of key witnesses ranking Republican members want to hear from. The letter reads:
Americans see through this sham impeachment process…To provide transparency to your otherwise opaque and unfair process, and after consultation with [House Oversight Committee] Ranking Member Jim Jordan and [House Foreign Affairs Committee] Ranking Member Michael McCaul, the American people deserve to hear from the following witnesses in an opening setting.
Included on the list are none other than the man himself Hunter Biden, his former business partner Devon Archer, former Democratic National Committee consultant Alexandra Chalupa, as well as the whistleblower himself.
The question is, will any of these witnesses actually be deemed “justified” by the Democrats’ own rules they have set forth in this probe. Representative Jim Jordan tweeted “Republicans have requested a list of witnesses for the impeachment hearings” he then lists the names, followed by “will @RepAdamSchiff permit them to testify?”
Republicans have requested a list of witnesses for the impeachment hearings (alphabetical order):
-The “Whistleblower” & their sources
Will @RepAdamSchiff permit them to testify?
— Rep. Jim Jordan (@Jim_Jordan) November 9, 2019
Unsurprisingly, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff immediately rejected the request for the whistleblower to testify in a letter to Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Devin Nunes:
The committee…will not facilitate efforts by President Trump and his allies in Congress to threaten, intimidate and retaliate against the whistleblower who courageously raised the initial alarm…The whistleblower has a right under laws championed by this committee to remain anonymous and to be protected from harm.
Another Democrat, Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, Representative Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) responded yesterday morning to the weekend’s happenings with the maturity we have come to expect from them. “My two cents? GET LOST” he tweeted.
House Republican #CoverUpCaucus wants sham witnesses to testify.
My two cents?
— Hakeem Jeffries (@RepJeffries) November 10, 2019
President Trump’s take? The list is not complete. After the witness list was released, Trump tweeted “I recommend that Nervous Nancy Pelosi (who backed up Schiff’s lie), Shifty Adam Schiff, Sleepy Joe Biden, the Whistleblower (who miraculously disappeared after I released the transcript of the call), the 2nd Whistleblower (who also disappeared), & the I.G., be part of the list!”
I recommend that Nervous Nancy Pelosi (who backed up Schiff’s lie), Shifty Adam Schiff, Sleepy Joe Biden, the Whistleblower (who miraculously disappeared after I released the transcript of the call), the 2nd Whistleblower (who also disappeared), & the I.G., be part of the list!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 9, 2019