Nunes demands Schiff testify behind closed doors in Trump impeachment inquiry

Source: The Hill | November 8, 2019 | Tal Axelrod

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, has formally requested that Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), the chair of the panel, privately testify as part of the House’s impeachment investigation into President Trump.

In a letter to Schiff, which was obtained and released by Fox News, Nunes wrote that the Intelligence Committee should not be conducting the “show trial” impeachment inquiry.

“On November 6th, you announced the beginning of public hearings associated with the Democratic Party’s partisan impeachment inquiry into President Donald J. Trump,” Nunes wrote Friday.

“Based on the precedent and lack of jurisdiction, the House Intelligence Committee should not take the lead in conducting such hearings; however, by now the American people know your desire to see the duly-elected president removed from office outweighs your sense of responsibility to running a functioning intelligence oversight committee.

“Prior to the start of your public show trial next week, at least one additional closed-door deposition must take place,” he added. “Specifically, I request that you sit for a closed-door deposition before the House Intelligence, Foreign Affairs and Oversight Committees.” 

Schiff has emerged as a top target for Trump’s allies on Capitol Hill, with many saying the White House has been robbed of due process. 

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The letter indicates that Republicans intend to continue focusing on the investigations process as a means of defending Trump even as multiple witnesses expressed misgivings about Trump’s interactions with Zelensky.

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