Schiff’s memo comes because the committee prepares for the primary public testimony within the Home impeachment probe, throughout which Democratic lawmakers worry Republicans will search to show the nameless member of the intelligence group who lodged a criticism relating to President Donald Trump’s July cellphone name with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
A lawyer for Home Republicans named the alleged whistleblower throughout a closed-door deposition final month, and GOP lawmakers on Saturday included the whistleblower of their listing of requested witnesses for the impeachment hearings. Schiff responded in a letter that the whistleblower wouldn’t seem, calling potential testimony by the unknown official “redundant and pointless.”
The president and his conservative allies — each within the media and on Capitol Hill — have repeatedly known as for the whistleblower’s id to be revealed, with Trump tweeting Monday that the whistleblower “Should testify together with Schiff and others!”
Lawmakers will hear Wednesday from George Kent, a deputy assistant secretary on the State Division whose portfolio consists of Ukraine, and William Taylor, high U.S. envoy to Ukraine. Marie L. Yovanovitch, the previous U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, will sit for questioning Friday.