As House prepares for public impeachment hearings, Republicans want whistleblower to testify

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The other was meant to show that Ukrainians, not Russians, meddled in the 2016 election, and that their goal was to help Hillary Clinton, not Trump - a narrative that elides the results of multiple probes showing Russian interference.

(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.

That Trump had reason to be concerned about Ukrainian meddling in the 2016 election.

In addition to Biden and the whistleblower, House Republicans also asked for several other testimonies in an open settling, including from Devon Archer, an American businessman who served with Biden on the board of Burisma Holdings; Nellie Ohr, former contractor for opposition research firm Fusion GPS; and David Jale, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs. 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.

There is no evidence of wrongdoing by either Joe or Hunter Biden in Ukraine.

Republican Rep. John Ratcliffe, a Texas Republican, sought to portray Trump's request for a favor in his phone call with the Ukrainian president as falling short of a demand.

According to transcripts released on November 8 in the House Democrats' impeachment inquiry, Vindman and Fiona Hill, a former White House Russia adviser, both gave firsthand descriptions of scenes central to the congressional probe.

Mitt Romney says the president's actions toward Ukraine are "troubling".

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"On November 6th, you announced the beginning of public hearings associated with the Democratic Party's partisan impeachment inquiry into President Donald J. Trump", Nunes wrote Friday."Prior to the start of your public show trial next week, at least one additional closed-door deposition must take place", he continued.

Asked about the central thrust of the inquiry, which is that her father tried to pressure a foreign government to investigate his political foes and used military aid as leverage, she batted away the question. And that's exactly what happened here.

House GOP members have criticized these procedures - for example, in his letter on Saturday, Nunes said the "Democrats' resolution unfairly restricts Minority rights".

Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam B. Schiff (D-Burbank) should call all the witnesses from the administration whom Republicans want to testify.

"They want to have a transcript of the other call, the second call, and I'm willing to provide that", said the president, who added, "You'll read the second call, and you'll tell me if there's anything wrong with it". At the same time, the whistleblower's input is irrelevant. That means, essentially, that Schiff has sole power over who will testify during the public hearings.

The lawsuit seeking judicial intervention which Mulvaney is hoping to join was initially filed by former White House national security official Charles Kupperman last month after the Trump administration ordered him not to comply with a subpoena from House Democrats.

"Mr. Giuliani was asserting quite frequently on television in public appearances that he had been given some authority over matters related to Ukraine, and if that was the case, we hadn't been informed about that", she said.

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