Adam Schiff, the House Intelligence Committee Chairman, released a tightened set of guidelines over what potential witnesses can be called in the impeachment hearings on Thursday. He said Republicans must justify their relevance according to a three-point criteria.
In a letter to Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), the California Democrat formally asked for the GOP members’ requests for witnesses they would like to call for next week’s public hearings.
The narrowed-scope of the questions are:
• Did the president request that a foreign leader and government initiate investigations to benefit the president’s personal political interests in the United States, including an investigation related to the president’s political rival and potential opponent in the 2020 US presidential election?
- Did the president — directly or through agents — seek to use the power of the Office of the President and other instruments of the federal government in other ways to apply pressure on the head of state and government of Ukraine to advance the president’s personal political interests, including by leveraging an Oval Office meeting desired by the president of Ukraine or by withholding US military assistance to Ukraine?
- Did the president and his administration seek to obstruct, suppress or cover up information to conceal from the Congress and the American people evidence about the president’s actions and conduct?
The GOP leadership said they wanted to call a range of witnesses, possibly including Biden’s son Hunter. He was given a $50,000-a-month job on the board of the Ukrainian energy giant Burisma while his father was serving as the vice president.
But the resolution passed by the House last week clearly says that Schiff would have the final say over which witnesses the GOP could call. The Democrats are saying they want to prevent sideshows and grandstanding, while the Republicans want to be able to rebut key witnesses.
If Schiff were to veto any of the Republican’s witnesses, the issue would go to a vote before the full committee, which is controlled by the Democrats.
Written by Rich Stevenson
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