Republican Senator Josh Hawley says if more witnesses are going to be considered in the Senate impeachment, then he wants to hear from former Vice President Joe Biden, his son Hunter Biden, the whistleblower and Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson.
“This isn’t just about [former national security adviser] John Bolton. This should be about the whistleblower, Adam Schiff, Hunter Biden — let’s hear from them all,” Hawley said during an appearance on Fox News on Monday, per the Federalist.
The comments echo previous sentiments the Missouri Senator posted on Twitter, saying he will force votes on each of those individuals.
“I have drafted motions to subpoena Adam Schiff, the ‘whistleblower,’ Hunter Biden, and Joe Biden to testify,” Hawley wrote in a tweet. “If the Senate calls witnesses, I will ask for votes on all these next week.”
I have drafted motions to subpoena Adam Schiff, the “whistleblower,” Hunter Biden, and Joe Biden to testify. If the Senate calls witnesses, I will ask for votes on all these next week https://t.co/NW1fuyYVF4
— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) January 25, 2020
Senators will hold a vote to consider additional witnesses after the president’s legal defense team concludes their defense and the senators are given a chance to ask questions to both Trump’s team and the House impeachment managers.
Democrats have continued to plead with the Republican majority to hear from additional witnesses, something they argue would bolster their case against the President.
Republicans are mostly against the measures, however, at least four Republican senators have expressed they may vote with the Democratic minority. This would give them enough votes to call forth additional witnesses.
House impeachment manager Adam Schiff is leading the calls to hear from additional witnesses, despite shutting down Republican attempts to call forth additional witnesses when the impeachment process was under the House.
ADAM SCHIFF: "You simply can't have a fair trial without witnesses."
What a hypocrite. This is the same Schiff who refused to call the witnesses Republicans requested when he was in charge. pic.twitter.com/0uPYl3euYI
— Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) January 29, 2020
As the Daily Wire reports, Hawley also released a list of questions he wishes to ask Democratic impeachment managers before the question of hearing from additional witnesses is considered.
Hawley intends to ask why House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff “lied about communications with the whistleblower prior to the filing of the whistleblower complaint.”
The Daily Wire reports Hawley will ask:
Schiff claimed on September 17, 2019, “We have not spoken directly with the whistleblower,” when the whistleblower had in fact reached out to a committee aide prior to filing a complaint. Why did Manager Schiff lie?
The Republican also intends to ask Schiff about his communications with the whistleblower before he actually filed a complaint.
“What precisely did Manager Schiff learn in advance?” Hawley will ask. And, “Did Manager Schiff or any of his staff offer this individual substantive advice on his complaint? Did Manager Schiff or any of his staff help the intelligence officer draft the complaint in any way or to any degree?”
The Daily Wire reports Hawley intends to then broaden his question to all impeachment managers and the White House counsel:
- For House Managers: Since September 9, 2019—the date the Inspector General of the Intelligence Community notified the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence that he received a whistleblower’s complaint—please disclose and explain any and all contact that any House Manager or their associates or staff have had with any current or former presidential candidate, or candidate’s campaign staff, in the 2020 Democratic presidential primaries and caucuses?
- For House Managers: Under the House Managers’ theory of an impeachable abuse of power, did then-President Barack Obama or then-Vice President Joe Biden commit such an abuse when the Obama administration withheld aid from the Ukrainian government in exchange for the removal of Ukraine’s Prosecutor General?
- For House Managers: When he took office, Viktor Shokin, Ukraine’s Prosecutor General, vowed to investigate Burisma. Before Vice President Joe Biden sought to remove Shokin, did the White House Counsel’s Office or the Office of the Vice President legal counsel issue ethics advice approving Mr. Biden’s involvement in matters involving Shokin, despite the presence of Hunter Biden on the Burisma board?
- For House Managers: Was President Obama aware that Hunter Biden had been appointed to the board of directors of Burisma when Vice President Joe Biden withheld funds from Ukraine in exchange for the prosecutor’s removal? If so, did the President advise Mr. Biden to recuse himself?
- For House Managers: Do you agree with Hunter Biden’s statement in an October 15, 2019, ABC News interview that he would “probably not” have been named a board member if his “last name wasn’t Biden”?
- For White House Counsel: A significant portion of the House Managers’ theory of abuse of power depends on the idea that President Trump improperly withheld defense aid to Ukraine. Did the White House release the funds in question to Ukraine before they expired at the end of the fiscal year, on September 30, 2019? If so, did the Ukrainian government publicly announce any corruption investigation prior to the release?
- For White House Counsel: What, if any, criminal statutes do the House Managers allege President Trump violated?