Schiff Says House Democrats May Not Ask Whistleblower To Testify

Clay Curtis
October 15, 2019

Fiona Hill, a former White House adviser who focused on Russian Federation, is expected to appear in private on Monday, with plans for Gordon Sondland, the USA ambassador to the European Union, to follow on Thursday.

House investigators are hearing testimony Monday from Fiona Hill, the former White House adviser on Russian Federation, who is appearing in private and faces questions as part of Democrats' impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump. Her lawyer, Lee Wolosky, said she was subpoenaed by the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee and planned to answer lawmakers' questions.

She resigned from the White House National Security Council over the summer, and her appearance came despite the Trump administration's vow to halt any and all cooperation with the impeachment probe.

A career foreign service officer and Pompeo's de facto chief of staff, Michael McKinley, resigned Friday, ending a 37-year career.

House Democrats are seeking to interview White House budget director Russell Vought on October 25, according to a copy of the letter to the Office of Management and Budget obtained by ABC News, the latest sign that they are increasingly focused on the withholding of almost $400 million in military aid to Ukraine as part of their impeachment investigation.

The officials are unauthorized to discuss the planning and have been granted anonymity.

Monday also was the deadline for EU Ambassador Gordon Sondland, a major Trump contributor, to provide documents to investigators ahead of his scheduled Thursday testimony.

United States suspect in case of Harry Dunn death left devastated, lawyer says
Harry Dunn, 19, was allegedly killed by 42-year-old Anne Sacoolas when her vehicle collided with his motorcycle in August. An FCO spokesman told the PA news agency that the office "would not be commenting further on the content of the letter".

A declassified transcript of a July 25 call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, released by the White House on September 25, quotes Trump as saying, "There's a lot of talk about Biden's son, that Biden stopped the prosecution and a lot of people want to find out about that so whatever you can do with the Attorney General would be great". He is expected to say when he assured associates in text messages there was no quid pro quo involved in dealings with Ukraine, he was merely relaying what Trump had told him. The talks have centered on how to protect the whistleblower, who is publicly unknown, and prevent retaliation, given that Trump has said he wants to know the person's identity.

"The tragedy here and the crime here is the American people don't get to see what's going on", said Rep. Jim Jordan of OH, the top Republican on the House Oversight Committee.

President Trump on Monday said the whistleblower whose complaint sparked an impeachment inquiry must be identified and testify to Congress after Rep. Adam Schiff said the person may not appear because of safety concerns.

"Adam Schiff now doesn't seem to want the Whistleblower to testify. NO!" "And that he should have been more clear about his secret contact and his office's contact with the non whistleblower whistleblower in the first place".

Schiff then said, "And I said so the minute it was brought to my attention that I was referring to the fact that when the whistleblower filed the complaint, we had not heard from the whistleblower. NO!" the Republican president tweeted early Monday.

Still, with the ongoing impeachment inquiry consuming much of Capitol Hill's attention, Congress will likely have the best chances at passing only three pressing issues: a resolution to overturn Trump's troop withdrawal, a new trade deal with Mexico and Canada known as the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) that would avert a government shutdown by reaching a spending agreement, and a resolution overturning Trump's troop withdrawal from Syria. Democrats say Congress is well within its power as the legislative branch to conduct oversight of the president and it is Republicans, having grown tired of Trump's actions, who may be in the greater political bind over a vote.

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