Was Trump call with Ukraine 'perfect'? GOP has many answers

Jim Jordan wearing a suit and tie Rep. Jim Jordan speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference at National Harbour Maryland

According to a White House rough transcript of the call and testimony from several government officials, Trump was withholding needed military aid the East European ally as he wanted Zelenskiy to investigate Trump's potential 2020 rival, Joe Biden, as well 2016 US election interference.

Then-House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) and Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) speak to the media about committee's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on March 15, 2017.

Nunes said the anonymous whistleblower should testify "because President Trump should be afforded an opportunity to confront his accusers".

"Although you publicly claim nothing inappropriate was discussed, the three committees deserve to hear directly from you the substance and circumstances surrounding any discussions conducted with the whistleblower and any instructions you issued regarding those discussions".

Democrats, who hold the House majority, are expected to overrule the request.

Schiff said during a mid-September MSNBC appearance, "We have not spoken directly with the whistleblower".

House Democrats will soon finish up their series of closed-door hearings. Several diplomats have testified that Trump appeared to be suspending military aid from Ukraine, as the whistleblower alleged.

Republicans also want to hear from a business associate of Hunter Biden, a former Democratic National Committee staffer, a former contractor at the private intelligence firm Fusion GPS and several current and former US officials who have already testified behind closed doors in the impeachment inquiry.


- Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney and Office of Management and Budget associate director Marky Sandy defied House investigator subpoenas and were no-shows for their scheduled depositions.

"The intelligence community and Congress must continue to do all we can to protect the current whistleblower's identity and personal safety", said Sen.

Despite attacks by Trump and his supporters against the Ukraine whistleblower, others, like the Central Intelligence Agency employee, will not be dissuaded from exposing wrongdoing, according to one who did.

"I said, I'm telling you, you're not getting the billion dollars". "Instead, they'd feel they have to go to the press. which could come with criminal charges".

Republicans have no unified argument in the impeachment inquiry of Donald Trump, in large part because they can't agree on how best to defend the president - or for some, if they should.

"We don't talk about sources at this committee", Nunes said in March 2017.

It's no mystery why so many Democrats can no longer connect to the white working class. Progressives promise free college, free health care, free child care, and scream in bafflement, What's wrong with you people?

The list of potential witnesses also includes Ukrainian American consultant for the Democratic National Committee (DNC) Alexandra Chalupa and Fusion GPS researcher Nellie Ohr. She previously reported on breaking news in D.C., politics in Florida for the Bradenton Herald and politics in OH for the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

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