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House Minority Leader Calls Impeachment Inquiry a ‘Calculated Coup’ Against Trump

11 November 2019

In a separate letter to Mr. Nunes obtained by CNN, Mr. Schiff said that the anonymous person "has a right under laws championed by this committee to remain anonymous and to be protected from harm".

In a letter on Saturday, Schiff rejected Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), the ranking Republican on the Intelligence Committee, on the whistleblower, saying it is not necessary. So far, they say, they have not received one.

Democrats say the whistleblower's complaint is no longer relevant because Trump has acknowledged that he made the request, even as he was withholding the aid, though he has said the two things were not related. Zaid said that until Nunes formally declines the offer, it will continue to stand.

So, the over-the-top Trump sycophant made a decision to go full Alex Jones and has turned to conspiracy theories to take heat off of the president.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., is expected to block that request.

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While breaking ranks with fellow Republicans over the call for the whistleblower's testimony, Hurd said in his "Fox News Sunday" interview that he agreed the younger Biden should be called to appear.

Preserving the whistleblower's anonymity, he added, is a top priority.

Rep. Will Hurd of Texas, who has broken with the White House on other issues, said Sunday the whistleblower should not have been included on a list of witnesses the Republicans wanted to testify in open hearings set to begin Wednesday.

"[I] t's impossible to bring this case forward, in my view, fairly without us knowing who the whistle-blower is, and having a chance to cross-examine them about any biases that they may have", Graham explained.

Speier, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, raised the issue of the "great risk associated with (the whistleblower's) life right now". Texas Republican Rep. Will Hurd, who previously worked as an undercover officer with the Central Intelligence Agency, said on Fox News Sunday that unmasking the whistleblower could have a chilling effect on would-be whistleblowers. "We should be protecting the identity of the whistleblower", he told "Fox News Sunday". "I've said that from the very beginning, because how we treat this whistleblower will impact whistleblowers in the future".

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"I would make the argument that every politician in Washington, other than me, virtually, is trying to manipulate Ukraine to their purposes", Paul said. "Evidence of an extortion scheme, using taxpayer dollars to ask a foreign government to investigate the president's opponent", Swalwell told Brennan on Face the Nation Sunday. "I believe it was inappropriate".

"I consider any impeachment in the House that doesn't allow us to know who the whistleblower is to be invalid because without the whistleblower complaint we wouldn't be talking about any of this", Sen. John Kennedy of Louisiana, said the president's behavior may have crossed the line. "Your failure to fulfill Minority witness requests shall constitute evidence of your denial of fundamental fairness and due process".

"You can't limit the witnesses", Kennedy said.

Earlier this week, SC senator Lindsey Graham seemed at a loss on how to proceed in defending President Donald Trump on the Ukrainian scam.

On NBC's "Meet the Press", Sen.

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"I think whatever happens now, there will be a taint to this one-sided partisan approach to impeachment, that is different that has been used before, and so I think there will be intense skepticism about whatever they come up with", he said.

House Minority Leader Calls Impeachment Inquiry a ‘Calculated Coup’ Against Trump