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Hurd: Impeachment Probe 'Just Regular Oversight' Hearings

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Rep. Will Hurd, R-Texas (AP)

By    |   Sunday, 20 October 2019 12:35 PM

Former CIA officer Rep. Will Hurd, R-Texas, on Sunday questioned the rationale behind the House Intelligence Committee’s involvement in an impeachment inquiry, calling the probe “just regular oversight hearings.”

In an interview on CBS News’ “Face The Nation,” Hurd — a member of the House intel panel — said the committee ought to be looking at Turkey.

“These are just regular oversight hearings,” he said of the process. “Why are we doing this in the Intelligence Committee?”

“When it started, this was a whistelblower” who triggered the probe, he noted.

“[It was] serious enough that we should investigate,” he said, but asked, “why is the intel committee doing this when the intel committee should be looking at the intelligence on Turkey before they moved into Syria.”

Hurd also said that although the panel has taken depositions of State Department officials, lawmakers have yet to hear from Ukrainian officials who believed there was a quid pro quo relating to aid to Ukraine.

“What we haven’t heard from any Ukrainian official that felt like there was this arrangement,” he said, adding, “We haven’t even had a Ukrainian official tell a state department official that they felt like their arms were being twisted.”

If foreign officials “hear something, they’re going to go to their contacts at the embassy and say ‘what does that mean?’ and we haven’t gotten any whiff of that,” he said.

Hurd said he agreed with Rep. Jim Himes, D-Conn., that President Donald Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani’s testimony before the committee would be “important.”

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