Republicans Call Hunter Biden, Schiff Whistleblower to Testify in Impeachment Inquiry
Democrats Impeachment inquiry against Trump takes dramatic turn
House Republicans are planning on calling Hunter Biden, the Ukraine whistleblower, and various other witnesses to testify in the upcoming public Trump impeachment hearings, according to a witnesses list obtained by Fox News.
But it's not clear how many of the witnesses proposed by Republicans will be approved by the Democrats and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff.
But the approvals cannot yet be confirmed due to the newly-approved resolution governing the impeachment inquiry give the approval power to the chairman and the members of the majority.
Devin Nunes, R-Calif., formally requested that Schiff, D-Calif., testify in a closed-door setting as part of the Democrats' impeachment inquiry.
According to the letter written by the committee Ranking Member, he demands that Schiff appear for a deposition in private before lawmakers.
Nunes wrote Friday:
"On November 6th, you announced the beginning of public hearings associated with the Democratic Party's partisan impeachment inquiry into President Donald J. Trump."
"Based on the precedent and lack of jurisdiction, the House Intelligence Committee should not take the lead in conducting such hearings; however, by now, the American people know your desire to see the duly-elected president removed from office outweighs your sense of responsibility to running a functioning intelligence oversight committee."
At the top of the list is former Vice President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter, who has emerged as a central figure in the Ukraine controversy due to his business dealings.
The impeachment inquiry began after a whistleblower reported that Trump pressured Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to launch an investigation into the Biden family’s dealings in Ukraine.
Republicans noted that former State Department official George Kent's testimony raised concerns about "the appearance of a conflict of interest stemming from Mr. Biden's position on Burisma's board," adding that former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovich was prepared by the Obama State Department to question Biden's position on Burisma during her Senate confirmation process.
Republicans also plan to call hunters former long-time business partner, Devon Archer, who also sat on the board of Burisma.
They claim Archer will help explain "the nature and extent of Ukraine's pervasive corruption information that bears directly on President Trump's longstanding and deeply-held skepticism of the country."
Moreover, Republicans plan to call the whistleblower, who is still not officially identified, to testify publicly as part of the inquiry.
Last month, Republicans blasted Schiff for shifting course on calling the CIA "whistleblower" to testify before Congress.
According to the letter obtained by the Daily Caller, the Republicans requested that Schiff arranges public testimony for any other persons he uses for the alleged 12 complaints about Trump’s actions toward Ukraine.
Reps. Jim Jordan of Ohio, Devin Nunes of California and Michael McCaul of Texas wrote in the letter to Schiff:
“We are surprised by your announcement that the Committees will not receive testimony from the anonymous intelligence community employee whose complaint initiated the so-called impeachment inquiry."
Nunes wrote on Trump being allowed to confront the whistleblower:
"Because President Trump should be afforded an opportunity to confront his accusers, the anonymous whistleblower should testify."
"Moreover, given the multiple discrepancies between the whistleblower's complaint and the closed-door testimony of the witnesses, it is imperative that the American people hear definitively how the whistleblower developed his or her information, and who else the whistleblower may have fed the information he or she gathered and how that treatment of classified information may have led to the false narrative being perpetrated by the Democrats during this process."