President Donald Trump on Saturday called on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and House Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) to testify in the ongoing impeachment inquiry.
In addition, the president called for testimony from former Vice President Joe Biden, his son Hunter Biden, and others to sit for questioning as well as the House plans to move the inquiry into a public setting on Wednesday.
“I recommend that Nervous Nancy Pelosi (who backed up Schiff’s lie), Shifty Adam Schiff, Sleepy Joe Biden, the Whistleblower (who miraculously disappeared after I released the transcript of the call), the 2nd Whistleblower (who also disappeared), & the I.G., be part of the list!” Trump tweeted.
Many Republicans, like the president, have been critical of the House impeachment inquiry which, thus far, has been held behind closed doors.
They have called for the probe to be made public, and last week Schiff agreed.
The inquiry stems from a whistleblower complaint filed by an unnamed CIA employee who voiced concerns over the president’s alleged threat to withhold lethal military aid from Ukraine during a phone call over the summer.
Trump has maintained that he didn’t threaten Ukraine and that the military aid was delivered as proscribed.
The president has also called for the whistleblower to be identified and to testify in public before Schiff’s committee.
The Intelligence Committee chair countered on Saturday, however, that the whistleblower’s testimony would be “redundant and unnecessary.”
In response to a letter from the committee’s ranking member, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), outlining witnesses Republicans would like to interview as part of the impeachment inquiry — which included the whistleblower — the chairman said the impeachment inquiry “has gathered an ever-growing body of evidence — from witnesses and documents, including the President’s own words in his July 25 call record — that not only confirms, but far exceeds, the initial information in the whistle-blower’s complaint.
“The whistle-blower’s testimony is therefore redundant and unnecessary. In light of the President’s threats, the individual’s appearance before us would only place their personal safety at grave risk,” he added.