Trump Demands Stronger Defense From Republicans Amid Impeachment Probe

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Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham asserted Sunday that the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump is "invalid" unless the identity of the anonymous whistleblower whose complaint sparked House Democrats' probe is revealed.

A GOP congressman said this morning, for example, his call with the president of Ukraine was "inappropriate" but not impeachable.

There is no evidence of wrongdoing by either Joe or Hunter Biden in Ukraine. It later became known that Trump withheld military aid of up to $400 million.

So, the over-the-top Trump sycophant chose to go full Alex Jones and has turned to conspiracy theories to take heat off of the president.

Mr. Schiff replied that the committee is "evaluating the Minority's witness requests and will give due consideration to witnesses within the scope of the impeachment inquiry, as voted on by the House".

President Donald Trump and various members of the Republican Party, including Sens. Or they simply asserted that the president did nothing wrong.

On Saturday, House intelligence committee ranking member Rep.

"I think we should be protecting the identity of the whistleblower", Hurd said.

Hurd, who is not running for reelection, is unusual in risking Trump's ire by publicly supporting protections for the whistleblower. In fact, during a rally in Kentucky last week, Paul called on the media to print the whistleblower's name.

Trump has defended the July phone call with Zelensky, despite the rough transcript released by the White House appearing to support the allegations against him. USA diplomats have since described the demand as a quid pro quo in which a foreign government was pressured to get involved in the 2020 election for the personal benefit of Trump. House Democrats soon thereafter launched an impeachment inquiry on the ground of abuse of presidential powers and soliciting a foreign power to interfere in United States elections by digging up dirt on a political opponent.

Other Republicans steered clear of the substance of allegations or questioned their significance.

Mr Trump has denied doing anything improper.

Democrats contend that for the president and his allies, expressing worry about corruption was code for pressuring authorities in Kyiv to procure information that could be damaging to the Bidens and Democrats. "You're gonna find out find they had interactions with [Adam] Schiff and this thing's gonna stink to high heaven", Graham said. (AP) Democrats must approve any requests submitted by Republicans and they are expected to reject the requests for Hunter Biden and the whistleblower to appear. Hunter Biden served on the board of the Ukrainian natural gas company at the time.

House Republicans came forward Saturday with a list of eight witnesses they want the House Intelligence Committee to hear from in the public hearings set to start this coming week.

He also emphasized the importance of the testimony of Hunter Biden and the anonymous whistleblower.

"Let's focus on the problem, here", Mr Biden said.

Nor, Maloney said, would Nellie Ohr, a contractor with Fusion GPS, a research firm that hired former British intelligence official Christopher Steele to investigate allegations about ties between Russian Federation and Trump's 2016 campaign. 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.

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