House Minority Leader Calls Impeachment Inquiry a ‘Calculated Coup’ Against Trump

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff D-California second from right speaks during a press conference at Capitol Hill in Washington on Oct.31 2019

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff D-California second from right speaks during a press conference at Capitol Hill in Washington on Oct.31 2019

The Congressman argued that if the whistleblower's identity is to be protected, Schiff needs to come forward and testify about his involvement.

It would be unfair if the person who started the impeachment inquiry didn't testify, Graham said.

Rep. Will Hurd of Texas, who has broken with the White House on other issues, said Sunday the whistleblower should not have been included on a list of witnesses the Republicans wanted to testify in open hearings set to begin Wednesday.

Later, Graham said identifying the whistleblower will be necessary if the impeachment case against the president moves forward. Lindsey Graham says we need to know what the background is of the whistleblower.

"This inquiry is not and will not serve, however, as a vehicle to undertake the same sham investigations into the Bidens or 2016 that the President pressed Ukraine to conduct for his personal political benefit, or facilitate the President's effort to threaten, intimidate, and retaliate against the whistleblower who courageously raised the initial alarm", Schiff said in a letter to Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Devin Nunes (R-Calif.).

Some Republicans, meanwhile, focused on the process of the impeachment inquiry rather than on the substance of the allegations against Trump. "I don't hear that".

(AP) Democrats must approve any requests submitted by Republicans and they are expected to reject the requests for Hunter Biden and the whistleblower to appear.

"I believe that it is inappropriate for a president to ask a foreign leader to investigate a political rival", said Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, on ABC's This Week.

Trump himself also added fuel to the fire by tweeting on Saturday that the mysterious whistleblower somehow disappeared and should be on the witnesses list for the hearing.

A review of more than 2600 pages of transcripts released this week from eight witnesses who have testified in the House impeachment inquiry over the past six weeks shows how controversy over Mr Trump's Ukraine policy had been brewing inside the USA government for months. Trump has said he withheld the $400 million in aid to Ukraine because he was concerned the government was not doing enough to fight corruption. Ukrainian officials say Hunter Biden is not suspected of any wrongdoing. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., said on CNN's "State of the Union".

A week has passed since lawyers for the anonymous whistleblower who set off the impeachment inquiry extended an offer to House Republicans to make the whistleblower available to answer written questions under oath. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney of NY said he couldn't speak for Schiff but that figures like Hunter Biden and the whistleblower would not fall into that category. "It is important that the Republicans be afforded the opportunity to suggest witnesses we should call, and we determine whether that is relevant".

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