GOP Rep. Says Trump Asking Ukraine To Investigate Biden Was 'Inappropriate'

California Democrat No reason for whistleblower to testify

The Constitution is very clear. treason, bribery or acts of omission. "The president is going to get that", Swalwell said. Joe Biden was videotaped telling how he pressured former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to fire their top prosecutor, Viktor Shokin who was investigating the gas company. "We feel very strongly about whistleblower protection".

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

At campaign-style rallies, including one in Louisiana last week, Trump has again and again called for publication of the whistleblower's identity, drawing sharp objections from the individual's legal team.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff responded to Republicans in a letter saying that the committee was evaluating the witness list, but said that the impeachment inquiry would not "serve as vehicles for any Member to carry out the same sham investigations into the Bidens or debunked conspiracies about the 2016 US election interference that President Trump pressed Ukraine to conduct for his personal political benefit".

"There's a reason we let murderers and robbers and rapists go free when their due process rights have been violated", he said, saying you can not "sweep process under the rug".

In addition to Mr. Biden, son of former Vice President Joseph R. Biden and a former board member of Ukraine's Burisma Holdings, the list included former Burisma board member Devon Archer; ex-Democratic National Committee staffer Alexandra Chalupa, and former Fusion GPS opposition researcher Nellie Ohr.

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.

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House Intelligence Committee Member Will Hurd (R-TX) broke from fellow Republicans and said the Ukrainian whistleblower's identity should be protected during a Sunday morning interview with Fox News's Chris Wallace.

Mr Schiff has said three witnesses will testify next week: US diplomat Bill Taylor and State Department official George Kent will appear on Wednesday, and former US Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch is set to testify Friday. "So you have direct evidence, not indirect evidence".

Speier argued that having Hunter Biden testify would also be "irrelevant" because he "is unrelated to the Ukraine call".

Some of the witnesses Republicans have requested may be allowed, she added, including National Security Council official Tim Morrison and former Ukraine envoy Kurt Volker, both of whom have already testified behind closed doors. 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.

Yet, he still said that his committee was "evaluating" the request and vowed to "give due consideration to witnesses within the scope of the impeachment inquiry, as voted on by the House". He said it would be "inappropriate", but not impeachable, for a president to ask a foreign leader to investigate a political rival, as Trump is alleged to have done. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) told Fox News on Sunday. Will Hurd, R-Texas, said the impeachment inquiry "has been a partisan exercise from the very beginning". He said Republicans want to hear testimony from Hunter Biden. "I think this is a bunch of B.S".

Democrats, who hold the House majority, are expected to overrule the request.

"I remain sympathetic with President Trump's legitimate concerns about the corruption", Sen. "He went on a telephone call with the President of Ukraine and said "I have a favor though" and then proceeded to ask for an investigation of his rival".

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