Graham: Impeachment inquiry is 'invalid' without whistleblower's testimony

Nellie Chapman
November 11, 2019

The Constitution is very clear. treason, bribery or acts of omission. "The president broke the law", said Rep. Jackie Speier of California.

"I think we should be protecting the identity of the whistleblower", Hurd said on "Fox News Sunday". "You're going to find out that they had interactions with Schiff".

On NBC's "Meet the Press", Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC), have called on Democrats to reveal the Ukrainian whistleblower's identity.

President Trump on Sunday called on Republicans to fully support his "perfect" Ukraine call and not just attack the impeachment inquiry.

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.

"This is a calculated coup, that is being orchestrated by Rep. Adam Schiff" said Kevin McCarthy, the House Minority Leader on Fox News.

Several Democrats on Sunday pushed back against their GOP counterparts' request.

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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He continued: "It's impossible to bring this case forward in my view fairly without us knowing who the whistleblower is and having a chance to cross examine them about any biases they may have. So you have direct evidence, not indirect evidence".

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

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

Another Democrat on the Intelligence Committee, Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney of NY, also rejected the call for Hunter Biden to testify.

"Republicans, don't be led into the fools trap of saying it was not flawless, but is not impeachable".

"There's a reason we let murderers and robbers and rapists go free when their due process rights have been violated", Thornberry said. Texas Republican Rep. Will Hurd, who previously worked as an undercover officer with the Central Intelligence Agency, said on Fox News Sunday that unmasking the whistleblower could have a chilling effect on would-be whistleblowers.

In advance of the public hearings, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank), who is spearheading the impeachment inquiry, has not yet finalized the witness list. He said Republicans want to hear testimony from Hunter Biden. Hurd asked. "He has misled the American public earlier in the year on what he knew about or the contact he had with the whistleblower".

Other Republicans maintained that Trump sought to hold up much-needed military aid to Ukraine over general concerns about corruption - despite closed-door testimony from witnesses who said the White House had threatened to withdraw the aid unless Kyiv announced investigations for Trump's political benefit. Trump has said he withheld the $400 million in aid to Ukraine because he was concerned the government was not doing enough to fight corruption. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., said on CNN's "State of the Union".

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