Three top ranking Republicans sent a letter Wednesday to House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff demanding that he provide public access and all related testimony regarding the CIA employee ‘whistleblower’ who accused President Donald Trump of a ‘quid pro quo’ during a private phone call with the Ukrainian President saying “the impeachment inquiry has not provided us with co-equal subpoena power.”
House ranking members Rep. Jim Jordan, with the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee; Rep. Michael McCaul, with the Committee on Foreign Affairs and Rep. Devin Nunes, with the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence admonished Schiff for conducting secretive impeachment inquiries without the right of due process for Republican members.
Since the impeachment inquiries were announced by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Sept. 24, “the Committees have obtained information that contradicts the employee’s assertions. The transcript of Trump’s phone call with President (Volodymyr) Zelensky, which President Trump declassified and released the day after Speaker Pelosi’s announcement, contains no reference to the 2020 presidential election.”
“In light of these inconsistencies between facts as alleged by the employee and information obtained during the so-called impeachment inquiry, the Committees ought to fully assess the sources and credibility of the employee,” the letter stated.
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Further, the ranking members demanded that because the impeachment inquiry “has not provided us with co-equal subpoena power-as has been the bipartisan precedent in modern impeachment inquiries- we expect you to arrange for the Committees to receive the testimony of the employees and all individuals he or she relied upon in formulating the August 12 complaint.”
“Your failure to arrange for the Committees to receive this testimony shall constitute evidence of your denial of fundamental fairness and due process,” the ranking members letter stated. They added that requests for access to “additional witnesses” may be required.
The Employee ‘Whistleblower’
According to the employee ‘whistleblower’ (who has not been publicly named) Trump had pressured Zelensky to investigate allegations regarding former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden’s dealings with Burisma Holdings, a Ukrainian energy and gas company that has been accused of corruption.
Biden openly bragged during an event with the Council on Foreign Relations in 2018 that he forced the firing of former top Ukrainian prosecutor Viktor Shokin, who was at the time investigating Hunter Biden. Biden said he demanded Shokin by fired or Ukraine would not receive $1 billion in aid. Biden emphasized later that the demand to fire the prosecutor was not related to his son but instead to Shokin’s corruption.
After the accusations against Trump went public, the White House released the transcript of the conversation with Zelensky. There was no indication of a quid pro quo to investigate the Bidens in exchange for roughly $400 million in military aid, according to the transcript.
Trump did ask Zelensky if he would speak with his personal attorney Rudy Guilliani and Attorney General William Barr with regard to Biden. Biden’s son, Hunter, sat on the board of Burisma in 2014 during the time his father was charged with Ukraine under the Obama Administration.
Hunter’s firm Rosemont Seneca Partners LLC, “received regular transfers into one of its accounts — usually more than $166,000 a month — from Burisma from spring 2014 through fall 2015, during a period when Vice President Biden was the main U.S. official dealing with Ukraine and its tense relations with Russia,” according to an investigation by John Solomon at The Hill.
According to Solomon “the general prosecutor’s official file for the Burisma probe — shared with me by senior Ukrainian officials — shows prosecutors identified Hunter Biden, business partner Devon Archer and their firm, Rosemont Seneca, as potential recipients of money.”