Jim Jordan: Republicans Intend to Subpoena Ukraine Whistleblower for Public Hearing

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Posted: Nov 07, 2019 10:10 AM
Jim Jordan: Republicans Intend to Subpoena Ukraine Whistleblower for Public Hearing

Source: AP Photo/Evan Vucci

Rep. Jim Jordan, the ranking member on the House Oversight and Reform Committee, revealed on Thursday Republicans plan on subpoenaing the Ukraine whistleblower to get the individual to testify in a public hearing.

While Republicans can submit the subpoena, Democrats have the power to veto their request. House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) initially voiced support to have the whistleblower testify since their complaint started the ongoing impeachment inquiry into President Trump.

Now Schiff does not want the whistleblower testify, citing safety concerns. Republicans have accused Schiff of changing his position since the whistleblower had contact with his office prior to filing the complaint. 

The whistleblower filed a complaint over Trump's July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, where he expressed desire to have Ukraine investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter.

The Washington Examiner reported all talks between the House Committees and the whistleblower's attorneys have halted.

"There is no indication that either of the original whistleblowers will be called to testify or appear before the Senate or House Intelligence committees. There is no further discussion ongoing between the legal team and the committees," a source familiar with the discussions said.

The impeachment inquiry is now entering the public phase after weeks of closed door depositions. The House Intelligence Committee released four transcripts from the depositions this week.