"President Trump should be afforded an opportunity to confront his accusers, the anonymous whistleblower should testify", Nunes argued in this letter to Schiff (D-Ca) while pointing at "multiple discrepancies between the whistleblower's complaint and the closed-door testimony of the witnesses".
In advance of the public hearings, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank), who is spearheading the impeachment inquiry, has not yet finalized the witness list. Rand Paul (R-KY) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC), have called on Democrats to reveal the Ukrainian whistleblower's identity.
And Senator Amy Klobuchar, who is seeking the Democratic presidential nomination, told CNN that "all sources tell us that what the whistleblower said was second-hand information, and they now have first-hand information of diplomats, military people, others that actually heard these actions".
"This is a very simple straightforward act: The president broke the law", Speier said of Trump's alleged soliciting of foreign interference in the 2020 election.
"This has been orchestrated, and if it goes out longer, we will find the lies, we will find out how they calculated the truth, we'll find more about the whistleblower's attorney and others", he said.
"This inquiry is not and will not serve, however, as a vehicle to undertake the same sham investigations into the Bidens or 2016 that the President pressed Ukraine to conduct for his personal political benefit, or facilitate the President's effort to threaten, intimidate, and retaliate against the whistleblower who courageously raised the initial alarm", Schiff said in a letter to Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Devin Nunes (R-Calif.).
Ten words have triggered a House impeachment inquiry that could lead to the business magnate's ouster.
(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. "I don't believe it was impeachable".
"I believe it's inappropriate for a president to ask a foreign leader to investigate a political rival", Thornberry told ABC News' "This Week" host Martha Raddatz.
Since then, members of Congress have debated whether or not the whistleblower should remain anonymous.
Another Democrat on the Intelligence Committee, Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney of NY, also rejected the call for Hunter Biden to testify.
"Well, because what's going to happen, when you find out who the whistleblower is, I'm confident you're going to find out it's somebody from the deep state", Graham said.
"We expect that you will call each of the witnesses listed above to ensure that the Democrats" "impeachment inquiry' treats the President with fairness, as promised by Speaker Pelosi", Nunes warned, clearly aware the request was likely to be denied.