House Intelligence Committee Chair Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) on Saturday rejected House Republicans’ request to bring Hunter Biden and the anonymous whistleblower, whose complaint about President Trump’s phone call in July with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky spurred the House impeachment inquiry, to the witness stand in the inquiry’s upcoming public hearings.
According to The Week:
Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), the GOP’s top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, named multiple witnesses his colleagues would like to appear during the inquiry’s upcoming public hearings in a letter sent to Committee Chair Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) on Saturday. Among the names are former Vice President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter, who used to sit on the board of a Ukrainian gas company that President Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani wanted Kyiv to investigate, and his business partner Devon Archer. Nunes also listed the unnamed whistleblower whose complaint about Trump’s phone call in July with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky originally spurred the inquiry, among others.
But the House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., rejected the request by Republicans to have the Ukraine phone call whistleblower testify at next week’s public impeachment inquiry hearings, saying that their testimony was “redundant and unnecessary.”
“The committee … will not facilitate efforts by President Trump and his allies in Congress 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. ” … The whistleblower has a right under laws championed by this committee to remain anonymous and to be protected from harm.” Schiff added.
The impeachment inquiry began when a whistleblower reported that Trump had pushed Zelensky to launch an investigation into the Biden family’s dealings in Ukraine— specifically, why former Vice President Joe Biden pressured former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to fire a top prosecutor, Viktor Shokin, who was investigating Ukrainian natural gas firm Burisma Holdings, where Hunter held a lucrative role on the board, bringing in a reported $50,000 per month.