Trump, Paul calling on whistleblower to come forward, testify

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President Donald Trump Friday brushed aside concerns about the House "hoax" impeachment inquiry and his administration's.

The whistleblower complaint sparked the inquiry into whether Trump pressured Ukraine to investigate former vice president Joe Biden and his son, Hunter.

- John Bolton, Trump's former national security adviser, was aware of "many relevant meetings and conversations" related to the Ukraine pressure campaign that House impeachment investigators have not yet learned about, his attorney Charles Cooper wrote in a letter to the House general counsel.

Fox News has obtained a letter written by committee Ranking Member Devin Nunes, R-Calif., who demanded that Schiff appear for a deposition in private before lawmakers.

He said he was requesting that Schiff sit for a closed-door deposition before the House Intelligence, Foreign Affairs, and Oversight Committees.

Early on, as the White House ceded the PR strategy to the president, Republicans in the House and Senate parted ways as they confronted the political threat posed by the Democrats' impeachment investigation. It later became known that Trump withheld military aid of up to $400 million.

House Democrats will soon finish up their series of closed-door hearings.

"I said that resumption of the USA aid would likely not occur until Ukraine provided the public anticorruption statement that we had been discussing for many weeks", Gordon Sondland, the USA ambassador to the European Union, told the House committees in an addendum to his testimony that Schiff released this week.

Outing the Ukraine whistleblower "who followed the law completely undermines the process Congress created to ensure members of the intelligence community disclose wrongdoing through legal channels", said Liz Hempowicz, director of public policy at the Project On Government Oversight, a nonpartisan independent federal watchdog organization. "Instead, they'd feel they have to go to the press. which could come with criminal charges".

One of President Trump's most aggressive defenders is being added to the House Intelligence Committee.

"We don't talk about sources at this committee", Nunes said in March 2017.

"We try not to confirm when people have come in".

"Most of these folks have got to know that what the president's doing is wrong, but they've made a cold-hearted, political decision right now it's best to stick with the president", he said.

Nunes' witness requests for the impeachment hearings include other Democratic figures, such as Hunter Biden and a former Democratic National Committee employee who reportedly sought information about Trump from Ukranian sources during the 2016 election. She previously reported on breaking news in D.C., politics in Florida for the Bradenton Herald and politics in OH for the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

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