Top House Republicans Demand Hunter Biden And 'Whistleblower' Give Testimony
Devin Nunes and Jim Jordan send formal letter to Adam Schiff
Top House Republicans on the Intelligence Committee have demanded Chairman Adam Schiff include closed-door testimony from the anonymous 'whistleblower' and Hunter Biden, the son of former Vice President Joe Biden, in the impeachment proceedings.
Reps. Devin Nunes of California and Jim Jordan of Ohio sent a formal letter to Schiff on Wednesday:
“The whistleblower testimony is necessary for full and fair understanding of all relevant facts," it stated.
But House Republicans have limited ability to get witnesses to testify.
Schiff would need to approve their requests, and he has already rejected summoning the whistleblower or Biden as public witnesses.
Both Nunes and Jordan informed Schiff of their plans to subpoena Hunter Biden and the whistleblower “for sworn testimony in closed-door depositions."
They also plan to push for documents relating to the communications the whistleblower had before the complaint against the president was filed with the inspector general of the Intelligence Community.
The Republicans also say they would try to subpoena records relating to Hunter Biden’s position on the board of Ukrainian gas company Burisma Holdings, and also the Democratic National Committee for documents related to allegations they colluded with the Ukrainian government to find dirt on Trump’s 2016 campaign.
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A separate report by Real Clear Investigations recently revealed the identity of the so-called "whistleblower" to be Eric Ciaramella - an anti-Trump CIA analyst and former Joe Biden employee.
Now, a new report has uncovered evidence that Ciaramella received emails about Ukraine policy from a top director at George Soros’ Open Society Foundations.
Top US diplomat, David Hale, testified that neither Joe Biden or his son Hunter Biden, or Burisma, were ever mentioned while US military aid to Ukraine was held up.
Hale has testified that no one in the Trump administration, or any other "government channel," ever mentioned the Bidens as a reason for withholding aid from Ukraine.
A transcript of Hale's remarks was released late Monday by House Democrats during their impeachment inquiry.