Whistleblower Q&A Offer Still Awaiting An Official 'No' From Republicans

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff talks with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington on Nov. 6 2019

Schiff on Saturday accused Republicans of pursuing "sham investigations into the Bidens" and said he would not "facilitate the president's effort to threaten, intimidate and retaliate against the whistleblower, who courageously raised the initial alarm". "We should be protecting the identity of the whistleblower", he told "Fox News Sunday".

He also called the original whistleblower's testimony "redundant and unnecessary" and said that an appearance would put the whistleblower's personal safety at risk. "So you have direct evidence, not indirect evidence".

Republicans also called for Hunter Biden's longtime business partner, Devon Archer, who also sat on the board of the Ukrainian gas firm to testify publicly, arguing that Archer could provide more information on "the nature and extent of Ukraine's pervasive corruption information that bears directly on President Trump's long-standing and deeply held skepticism of the country". Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) told Fox News on Sunday.

When "This Week" co-anchor Martha Raddatz pressed Thornberry on the substance of the allegations at the center of the impeachment inquiry versus the process, Thornberry said, "I believe that it is inappropriate for a president to ask a foreign leader to investigate a political rival".

Another Democratic member of the committee, Jim Himes, said Sunday that when people hear from respected officials with first-hand knowledge of the pressure campaign against Ukraine "the president's defense. which is all these people had second-hand knowledge, that's going to crumble".

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.

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At least one Republican, Sen. Asked if over the line means impeachable, Kennedy replied: "Yeah, probably".

Mr. Schiff replied that the committee is "evaluating the Minority's witness requests and will give due consideration to witnesses within the scope of the impeachment inquiry, as voted on by the House". "I don't think any fair-minded person in the Milky Way believes that Speaker Pelosi or Chairman Schiff are impartial here".

Earlier this week, SC senator Lindsey Graham seemed at a loss on how to proceed in defending President Donald Trump on the Ukrainian scam.

"Presidents have withheld aid before for corruption", Paul said on NBC's Meet the Press .

This week's public hearings will start Wednesday with testimony from two diplomats: William Taylor, the acting US ambassador to Ukraine, and George Kent, the deputy assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian affairs.

Former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch is expected to testify Friday.

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