House Republicans plan to subpoena the whistleblower to testify in House’s impeachment investigation into Trump’s dealings with Ukraine.
Rep. Jim Jordan said that Republicans will attempt to get the whistleblower to testify before Congress in a public hearing.
However, the effort is not likely to bear fruit. The Democrats have already rejected the idea of outing the anonymous figure, citing safety concerns. In addition, they have veto power over any GOP subpoena requests for witness testimony. In other words, it is highly unlikely that the whistleblower will actually testify in public hearing.
On the other hand, the Republicans have made the whistleblower a central part of their defense, casting doubts about the figure’s political motivation. In addition, they also argued that Trump has the right to face his accuser.
Nevertheless, Adam Schiff and the Democrats are not having it. They slammed the Republicans for attacking the whistleblower.
“The president’s allies would like nothing better than to help the president out this whistleblower. Our committee will not be a part of that,” Schiff told reporters last week. “They have the right to remain anonymous. They certainly should not be subject to these kinds of vicious attacks.”
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