Schiff: Whistle-blower testimony is 'redundant and unnecessary'

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The first public hearing will feature Bill Taylor, the acting USA ambassador to Ukraine, who already testified behind closed doors before congressional investigators that the president pushed Ukraine to investigate election interference, Biden and his son and their Ukrainian dealings - and that he was told US military aid and a White House meeting were used as leverage to get a public announcement from Kiev that the probes were underway.

On Saturday, House intelligence committee ranking member Rep.

In the letter to Schiff, Nunes provided justification for each witness listed. That's why Republicans want to question Alexandra Chalupa, a Ukrainian American consultant hired by the Democratic National Committee to do outreach in the 2016 campaign, but whom Politico reported in 2017 was working with journalists on stories about connections between Trump, his then-campaign manager Paul Manafort and Russian Federation.

Also Saturday, the whistle-blower's attorney Andrew Bakaj reiterated that his client is only willing to answer questions in writing, a suggestion Republicans reject.

Graham, whose committee would be at the center of Trump's trial in the Senate should the House approve articles of impeachment against the President, also said in his Sunday interview with Fox News that the process would be "dead on arrival" in the Republican-controlled chamber if the whistleblower doesn't testify before Congress.

He wrote the impeachment inquiry "has gathered an ever-growing body of evidence - from witnesses and documents, including the President's own words in his July 25 call record - that not only confirms, but far exceeds, the initial information in the whistle-blower's complaint". That call became the catalyst for the impeachment inquiry. However, it is unclear if Democrats will agree to the Republicans' proposed witnesses to testify.

"You make your mind up about the phone call". "I've said that from the very beginning, because how we treat this whistleblower will impact whistleblowers in the future".

Schiff responded in a statement, saying that he would give the request "due consideration".

On Saturday, Trump suggested other names should be added to the list for the inquiry, which he continues to call a "witch hunt".

The first public hearings in the impeachment inquiry are scheduled to be held next Wednesday and Friday, featuring current and former officials with knowledge of the Ukraine controversy. He also has asked that all individuals who provided information to the whistleblower should be compelled to appear. "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". They previously have testified behind closed doors.

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