Chairman Adam Schiff Claims Ukrainian Call ‘Whistleblower’ Will Appear Before His Committee

The intelligence official responsible for sharing the contents of a phone call between President Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky will appear to testify before the House Intelligence Committee, Chairman Adam Schiff said on Sunday.

Democratic lawmakers allege the individual, who admits to not having heard the call himself, produced impeachable offenses against Trump and announced an impeachment inquiry into Trump.

From Reuters:

The whistleblower’s complaint cited a July 25 telephone call in which Trump asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to investigate Joe Biden, one of the leading Democratic candidates seeking to challenge him in 2020, and his son Hunter, who sat on the board of a Ukrainian gas company.

Democrats have accused Trump of pressuring a vulnerable U.S. ally to get dirt on a political rival for personal political gain. Trump’s July 25 phone call came after he froze nearly $400 million in aid intended to help Ukraine deal with an insurgency by Russian-backed separatists in the eastern part of the country. The aid was later provided.

According to the report, Congress is currently on a two-week recess but some Democratic members still have their committee staff pursuing subpoenas for witnesses, documents and other information  to try and help them make the case for impeachment.

Here’s even more from Reuters:

House investigators are set to take the first witness testimony from two people mentioned in the whistleblower’s complaint.

On Wednesday, three House committees – Intelligence, Foreign Affairs and Oversight – are due to get a deposition from former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, who Trump labeled “bad news” during his call with Zelenskiy.

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On Thursday, the committees are set to get a deposition from Trump’s former special representative for Ukraine, Kurt Volker, who resigned last week after the whistleblower complaint named him as one of two U.S. diplomats who followed up with Ukrainian officials a day after Trump’s call to Zelenskiy.

The whistleblower has not been publicly identified. Trump, in a series of Twitter posts on Sunday evening, said he wanted to “meet” the whistleblower, who he called “my accuser,” as well as “the person who illegally gave this information” to the whistleblower.

“Was this person SPYING on the U.S. President? Big Consequences!” Trump wrote.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi officially announced the impeachment inquiry last week, after previously resisting the idea of impeaching the president unless it could be warranted under new, more convincing evidence.

Neither Pelosi nor Schiff have provided a time-table for when the House will vote on impeaching Trump but Reuters reports it “could move to the House floor as soon as next month.”



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