One investigation was meant to paint former Vice President Joe Biden, who led the Obama administration's efforts to push Ukraine to crack down on corruption, as corruptly halting a Ukrainian probe of Burisma, the Ukrainian energy company that put Biden's son Hunter on its board of directors in 2014. Among them were Hunter Biden and the anonymous whistleblower who raised the alarm about a conversation Trump held with Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy in July where he is heard pressing the Ukrainian leader for political favor.
That said, Graham says he's close to certain about the whistleblower's occupation, if not their identity.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) likely didn't appreciate House Intelligence Committee Chair Rep. Adam Schiff's (D-Calif.) denial of a House GOP request to have Hunter Biden and the anonymous whistleblower testify in the congressional impeachment inquiry's upcoming public hearings. The call is at the heart of the impeachment inquiry against the president.
That Hunter Biden's role in Ukraine needs to be scrutinized.
Nunes, who is the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, added that "given the multiple discrepancies between the whistleblower's complaint and the closed-door testimony of the witnesses, it is imperative that the American people hear definitively how the whistleblower developed his or her information, and who else the whistleblower may have fed the information he or she gathered and how that treatment of classified information may have led to the false narrative being perpetrated by the Democrats during this process".
Trump impeachment investigation: Mick Mulvaney defies citation
The House committees overseeing the impeachment inquiry subpoenaed Mulvaney on Thursday night for testimony on Friday morning. That makes Vindman a key witness in House Democrats' impeachment inquiry.
But he vowed the inquiry would not be "a vehicle to undertake the same sham investigations into the Bidens... that the president pressed Ukraine to conduct for his personal political benefit".
"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", Schiff added.
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. It later became known that Trump withheld military aid of up to $400 million.
The worst thing about the GOP's fascination with Ukrainian corruption and election interference circa 2016 is that, as former Trump national security aide Fiona Hill said in a private deposition, any meddling by Ukraine is dwarfed by what Russian Federation was doing and is still attempting to do. They previously have testified behind closed doors. "I've said that from the very beginning, because how we treat this whistleblower will impact whistleblowers in the future".
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