Democrats Still Can Block Hunter Biden, Whistleblower from Testifying

Nadler can deny witnesses sought by Republicans…

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AP Photo: President Donald Trump and Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo.

(Liberty Headlines) The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., asked Republicans on his committee which witnesses they plan to ask permission to subpoena.

He also asked President Donald Trump on Friday to say whether he’ll send his attorneys to participate in impeachment proceedings before the panel.

Nadler can deny witnesses sought by Republicans, who are likely to want subpoenas compelling testimony from Hunter Biden and the anonymous intelligence bureaucracy whistleblower whose complaint sparked the impeachment proceedings.

Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., specifically mentioned Hunter Biden.

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“Hunter Biden would be probably one of our top witnesses. I think the whistleblower would be a witness,” Gaetz said on Fox News, The Epoch Times reported. “And I think that others who can expound on the testimony of George Kent that reflect on the concerns with Burisma and the ingrained corruption with that company.”

The letters from the New York Democrat came as the House impeachment probe enters a new phase with a hearing next week on whether Trump’s actions might constitute impeachable offenses.

Two weeks of Intelligence Committee hearings produced a mountain of testimony but didn’t seem to move the needle on Capitol Hill, where not a single House Republican supported establishing the chamber’s impeachment process.

Nadler instructed Trump and top panel Republican Doug Collins of Georgia to respond by the end of next week. The Judiciary Committee meets Wednesday in an informational hearing to examine the “constitutional grounds for presidential impeachment” and could move some time after that to hearings where witnesses testify about Trump’s actions with Ukraine.

Trump has labeled the proceeding by House Democrats a sham, in part because he could not have his lawyers cross-examine intelligence committee witnesses during hearings and depositions.

The intelligence panel is slated to issue a report of its findings next week that are intended to form the basis of hearings at the Judiciary Committee, which would be responsible for drafting any articles of impeachment for a vote by the full House.

The panel can also seek further testimony.

At issue in the impeachment probe is whether Trump abused his office by asking Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy if he would investigate the Bidens for corruption and substantiated allegations that Ukraine interfered with the 2016 election.

Hunter Biden served on the board of a Ukrainian energy company when his father, then-Vice President Joe Biden, led the Obama administration’s Ukraine policy.

Adapted from reporting by the Associated Press.