Top Armed Services Republican Says Trump Call Not ‘Impeachable’

Top Armed Services Republican Says Trump Call Not ‘Impeachable’

At the end of those hearings, the Democratic-controlled committee will vote on specific articles of impeachment, based on the US Constitution's standard of "treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors", and whether Trump's actions constituted abuse of presidential power. He has already testified behind closed doors that the president pushed Ukraine to investigate election interference, Biden and his son and their Ukrainian dealings - and that he was told US military aid and a White House meeting were used as leverage to get a public announcement from Kiev that the probes were underway. He said it's "impossible" to bring the case forward fairly, otherwise.

Nunes, ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, sent a letter to Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), chairman of the committee, on November 9 requesting Hunter Biden, a Democratic National Committee consultant who tried to obtain dirt on Trump, and the whistleblower testify in the impeachment probe.

The panel's Democratic chairman, Representative Adam Schiff, has been a target of the Republican president's attacks since the impeachment probe was launched in September after a whistleblower within the USA intelligence community brought a complaint against Mr Trump over his 25 July call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy.

Democrats are likely to call further witnesses after this week.

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

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

Since the offer was sent to Rep. Devin Nunes of California, the top Republican on the House intelligence committee, the whistleblower's legal team has been waiting for an official response.

Several Democrats on Sunday pushed back against their GOP counterparts' request. "And the whistleblower has great risk associated with his life right now". "So you have direct evidence, not indirect evidence".

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.

The messaging was unveiled during Sunday morning shows, ahead of the first hearing on Wednesday.

This complaint pressured Ukraine to investigate former Vice-President Joe Biden, a potential opponent for the 2020 White House race, and his son Hunter Biden, and this investigation led to the start of an impeachment inquiry of Trump by the Democratic-led House of Representatives.

Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, argued on "This Week" that "there will be a taint to this one-sided, partisan approach to impeachment".

"If it can be demonstrated that the president asked for and had the requisite state of mind, that the president asked for an investigation of a political rival, that's over the line", Kennedy said on CBS's Face the Nation. The importance of process, Thornberry maintained, can not be ignored.

Joshua Nelson is a freelance reporter for Fox News.

Alex Conant, a Republican strategist, said: "It's not good". "I think it's important that we found out what really did happen, regarding firing the foreign prosecutor, what was the conflict of interest Hunter Biden had".

Trump pointed to that instance as evidence Schiff should resign.

They don't. Trump has reached the point at which he's peddling unusual claims that even House Republicans aren't willing to endorse.

Democrats have called Ukraine a country important to American national security interests in the face of Russian aggression and noted that rooting out corruption there has always been a US objective, addressed also under Trump's Democratic predecessor Barack Obama.

Sen. Ron Johnson is a good exhibit of that.

"I think we should be protecting the identity of the whistleblower", Will Hurd, a former Central Intelligence Agency officer and a Republican member of the committee, said on the "Fox News Sunday" program, "because how we treat this whistleblower will impact whistleblowers in the future". "We wanted to make sure that the corruption that has been existing in Ukraine for an awfully long time was reduced", Mr Pompeo said.

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