4. Schiff Continues to Protect Whistleblower
At one point during the hearing, Republicans sought out the name of the whistleblower who set the wheels in motion for the impeachment inquiry after expressing concerns about Trump's July phone call with President Zelensky, but the request were nixed by Democratic House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff.
Rep. Jordan said shielding the whistleblower unfairly blocks lawmakers and the American public from being able to gauge his credibility, motivation and bias.
“The American people see through all this,” Jordan said. “They understand this is unfair.”
Jordan’s comments prompted a jab from Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., who pledged the committee would welcome testimony from the person who prompted the investigation.
“President Trump is welcome to come in and take a seat,” Welch said, as laughter rang out in the hearing room.
Following testimony by Taylor and Kent, committee member Mike Conaway, R-Texas, introduced a motion to force the whistleblower to testify, which failed to pass, with 13 Democrats voting against the motion and 9 Republicans voting for it.
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