WASHINGTON — Congressman Adam Schiff says Hunter Biden will not be called to testify in the open House impeachment hearings.
Republican Devin Nunes requested the former vice president’s son be a witness.
Schiff said in a statement released Saturday night that the inquiry will not serve as a vehicle to undertake the same sham investigations into the Bidens or 2016 that President Trump pressed Ukraine to investigate.
He also said it would not be used to threaten, intimidate, or retaliate against the whistleblower. Schiff wrote that his committee would give due consideration to the rest of the list Republicans submitted.
The GOP is outraged at Schiff’s decision not to call Hunter Biden.
“Speaker Pelosi promised the ‘impeachment inquiry’ would treat the president with fairness,” read the letter from House Republicans and submitted by Rep. Devin Nunes. “You have failed to honor the Speaker’s promise.”
President Trump on Twitter later Saturday pushed for the whistleblower to testify as part of the impeachment inquiry and argued that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Schiff, and Joe Biden should be added to the witness list.
Schiff has said three witnesses will testify next week: US diplomat Bill Taylor and State Department official George Kent will appear on Wednesday, and former US Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch is set to testify Friday.
CNN contributed to this article
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