The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee now in charge of completing an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump said Monday as proceedings began again that he would not accept any of minority Republicans’ witness requests.
In turning down the eight GOP witness requests, Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) claimed all of them fell “outside the parameters of the impeachment inquiry.”
Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.), the panel’s ranking (minority) member, asked Nadler for their witnesses on Dec. 6. The list included a ‘whistleblower’ who filed the initial complaint against President Trump alleging he abused his office and sought to bribe Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky with military aid in exchange for an investigation into claims that former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden, were involved in corrupt activities in the east European country.
The GOP included both Bidens on their requested list along with Fusion GPS contractor Nellie Ohr, who helped compile the infamous Steele dossier at the center of the Russia probe.
Collins also asked to have House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) testify under oath, The Epoch Times reported.
“There is no indication the Judiciary Committee will hold any hearings with fact witnesses, and instead, will have to rely on a report written by Chairman Schiff and his staff,” Collins wrote.
“As the author of the Intelligence Committee report and the chief prosecutor for the House, it is imperative that Chairman Schiff testify before this committee and entertain questions from duly elected Members of Congress,” Collins continued.
“At a minimum, he should testify about his report, just as Special Counsel Robert Mueller and Independent Counsel Ken Starr testified to this Committee about their reports.”
In addition, Collins asserted that Trump “should be afforded the opportunity to confront his accusers” as cause to call the whistleblower to testify.
Nadler said he would schedule a meeting at the end of Monday’s hearing if the Georgia Republican decides to subpoena any of the witnesses.
But because Democrats control the House and have the majority in each committee, subpoena requests likely would be voted down.