House Republicans push for Biden's son to testify in Trump impeachment probe

Report GOP Lawmakers Plan to Call Hunter Biden as Witness in Public Impeachment Hearings		4ABC News Hannah Bleau9 Nov 2019

Trump has accused the Bidens of unspecified corruption due to Hunter Biden's role as a director of Ukraine energy company Burisma when Joe Biden - now a leading candidate to challenge Trump in the 2020 election - was vice president.

A whistleblower complaint in September brought into attention a telephone conversation between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in which Trump asked for a "favour".

"I'll give you a second transcript because I actually had two calls with the president of Ukraine". He said it will "probably" be released on Tuesday. He continued, "You'll read the second call, and you'll tell me if there's anything wrong with it".

The US president's troubles arose from the second call, which took place on July 25, as mentioned in a whistleblower's complaint of "urgent concern" over the Trump administration. 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.

Democratic Congressman Adam Schiff, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, rebuked House Republicans' calls for former Vice President Joe Biden's son, Hunter Biden, to testify in the public impeachment inquiry starting next week and confirmed that the proceedings will not probe "sham" Biden claims.

Through this letter, Republican members on the House Intelligence Committee, a minority led by Nunes, have put forward a list of witnesses they believe would absolve Trump of blame. However, it is unclear if Democrats will agree to the Republicans' proposed witnesses to testify.

Speier said. "The only thing that the whistleblower can say is that he was told by other people about the phone call".

"This inquiry is not, and will not serve, however, as a vehicle to undertake the same sham investigations into the Bidens or 2016 that the President pressed Ukraine to conduct for his personal political benefit, or to facilitate the President's effort to threaten, intimidate, and retaliate against the whistleblower who courageously raised the initial alarm", Schiff wrote.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) has said that President Trump should be able to face his accuser.



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