House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., carrying the torch of the House Democrats' impeachment inquiry, has rejected Republicans' requests for testimony from Hunter Biden or the whistleblower, saying the latter is "redundant and unnecessary."
"The impeachment inquiry, moreover, 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 whistleblower's complaint," Schiff wrote in a letter to Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., Axios reported. "The whistleblower'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."
Schiff also rejected a call for Hunter Biden's to testify, saying it would merely benefit President Donald Trump politically.
"As we move to open hearings, it is important to underscore that the impeachment inquiry,
and the Committee, will not serve as vehicles for any Member to carry out the same sham
investigations into the Bidens or debunked conspiracies about 2016 U.S. election interference
that President Trump pressed Ukraine to conduct for his personal political benefit," Schiff wrote in a letter to Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif.
"The Committee also will not facilitate efforts by President Trump and his allies in
Congress to threaten, intimidate, and retaliate against the whistleblower who courageously raised the initial alarm. It remains the duty of the Intelligence Committee to protect whistleblowers, and until recently, this was a bipartisan priority. The whistleblower has a right under laws championed by this Committee to remain anonymous and to be protected from harm."
Schiff did not mention any potential dangers for those he has already lined up for public testimony.
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