"Americans see through this sham impeachment process, despite the Democrats' efforts to retroactively legitimize it last week", House Intelligence Committee ranking member Devin Nunes (R-CA) wrote to House Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA), arguing that it is essential that the American people hear from witnesses - like Biden, Biden's business partner Devon Archer, and the "whistleblower" - in order to "provide transparency" to Schiff's "otherwise opaque and unfair process".
Investigators are preparing to start public hearings in the coming week. His counterpart, Rep. Mark Meadows (N.C.), the top Republican on the panel and a vigorous Trump defender, did not respond to a request for comment.
House GOP members have criticized these procedures - for example, in his letter on Saturday, Nunes said the "Democrats' resolution unfairly restricts Minority rights".
Jordan, a former assistant college wrestling coach and former leader of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, has already proven himself adept at backing Trump during the first part of the Democrats' inquiry into whether the president should be removed from office over allegations that he abused his office for political gain in recent dealings with Ukraine.
"Because President Trump should be afforded an opportunity to confront his accusers, the anonymous whistleblower should testify", Nunes wrote. "And I said so the minute it was brought to my attention that I was referring to the fact that when the whistleblower filed the complaint, we had not heard from the whistleblower".
"We have to call it out if any government official seeks to expose the whistleblower is always wrong", he said.
Republicans are temporarily moving aside a current member of the panel to make space for the OH lawmaker on the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee, in an unusual step that heralded the seriousness of the situation for Trump and his party. Joining Biden Jr. and Burisma leadership on the list are the anonymous whistleblower, former US Special Representative to Ukraine Kurt Volker and a slew of Democratic insiders.
Lawmakers have questioned a number of other witnesses to the inquiry in closed sessions.
The transcripts - along with the White House's log of the Ukraine call and other public statements - largely corroborate the account of the whistleblower.
That would require a level of consensus that Trump's call with the Ukraine president was "perfect", as he insists. Several senior White House officials are refusing to appear for the probe, including acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney. Both men had been subpoenaed by House Democrats - although they later withdrew Kupperman's subpoena - and have been told by the president not to comply.