House Republicans push for Biden's son to testify in Trump impeachment probe

US House Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Rep. Devin Nunes, a California Republican, questions Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire as he testifies before the committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, September 26, 2019.

House Democrats are starting pubic hearings as part of the impeachment inquiry next week, kicking off with two key witness testimonies on Wednesday and one on Friday.

The identity of the "whistleblower" and whether or not he or she worked with the staff of House Intel committee chair Rep. Adam Schiff is a new front in the defense in light of the impeachment inquiry that has presented an existential threat to the Trump administration.

Schiff then added that "the individual's appearance before us would only place their personal safety at grave risk" after calls to unmask the anonymous person.

In the letter to Schiff, Nunes provided justification for each witness listed.

Nunes said Republicans are also planning to call Devon Archer, Hunter Biden's former business partner as a witness to testify about "the nature and extent of Ukraine's pervasive corruption information that bears directly on President Trump's longstanding and deeply-held skepticism of the country".

Jordan is reported to have more experience running investigations on the Oversight Committee than Nunes and decisively defends the president.

President Donald Trump said he's prepared to release the transcript sought by House Democrats of his first phone call with Ukraine's president, in April, as soon as Tuesday. "It was dour. If I think about it some more, I could probably come up with some other adjectives, but it was just. the difference between the calls was apparent".

Others have suggested there was an "appropriate quid pro quo".

Schiff, meanwhile, said in the letter that his "committee also will not facilitate efforts by President Trump and his allies in Congress to threaten, intimidate and retaliate against the whistleblower who courageously raised the initial alarm".

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) has said that President Trump should be able to face his accuser. "Nobody in America goes to jail or has anything done to them without confronting their accuser", he told Fox News on October 6.

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