Echoing his prior claim that the whistleblower testimony is no longer necessary, Schiff said other witnesses and documents do "not only confirm but far exceed the initial information in the whistleblower's complaint".
Rep. Will Hurd of Texas, who has broken with the White House on other issues, said Sunday the whistleblower should not have been included on a list of witnesses the Republicans wanted to testify in open hearings set to begin Wednesday. Republicans also want to question Alexandra Chalupa, a DNC contractor who tried to get dirt on Trump campaign from the Ukrainian embassy and Nellie Ohr, the wife of a DoJ official and a contractor with for Fusion GPS, the research and intelligence group paid by Hillary Clinton's campaign to produce the notorious Sleele dossier. "We should be protecting the identity of the whistleblower", he told "Fox News Sunday".
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., is expected to block that request.
President Trump took to Twitter earlier Saturday, saying that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Schiff, and Biden should be added to the list of witnesses.
In a letter to House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, Republicans listed the anonymous whistleblower, former Vice President Joe Biden's son Hunter Biden, former USA special envoy for Ukraine Kurt Volker, high-ranking State Department official David Hale and Tim Morrison, the top Russian Federation and Europe adviser on the National Security Council.
"Republicans, don't be led into the fools trap of saying it was not flawless, but is not impeachable".
"When you find out who is the whistleblower is, I'm confident, you're gonna find out it's somebody from the deep state".
"I believe that it is inappropriate for a president to ask a foreign leader to investigate a political rival", said Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, on ABC's This Week. Trump has said he withheld the $400 million in aid to Ukraine because he was concerned the government was not doing enough to fight corruption. Thornberry said. "I don't hear that". Ron Johnson, R-Wis., said on CNN's "State of the Union".
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, and ranking member Rep. Adam Schiff speak to the media about Committee's investigation into Russian interference in the U.S. presidential election, at the U.S. Capitol on March 15, 2017. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney of NY said he couldn't speak for Schiff but that figures like Hunter Biden and the whistleblower would not fall into that category.
"While in traditional hearings the minority is permitted to call witnesses, the resolution only allows minority members to suggest a witness list and requires them to provide 'a detailed written justification of the relevance of the testimony of each requested witness.' ..."