President Donald Trump, today demanded that the former vice president and democrat candidate, Joe Biden, testify in Congress about his ties with Ukraine in the framework of the investigation opened for a possible impeachment trial against the president.
“He (Hunter Biden) and sleepy Joe must testify,” Trump said on Twitter, insisting on an idea already raised by some of his allies in the Senate, such as Republicans Lindsey Graham and Rand Paul.
Since September, several progressive-majority House of Representatives committees have been investigating Trump for pressuring his Ukrainian counterpart, Volodimir Zelenski, during a telephone call in July asking him to investigate his political rival, Biden, and his son Hunter for alleged corruption in Ukraine.
A new phase of the investigation will open next week with public hearings, rather than behind closed doors, as has been the case so far, so Trump expects the Biden to come to Congress to give their side of the story.
This possibility seems complicated, since the Democrats have the majority in the Lower House and should give the go-ahead to that petition in order for it to become effective, which is unlikely.
Conservatives, who have until Saturday to present a list of people they believe should testify before Congress, also said today that the anonymous informant who revealed Trump’s pressure on Ukraine should do so publicly during the impeachment investigation.
“You cannot initiate a political trial investigation and never take into account his (the informant’s) actions and role in the orchestration. The informant needs to testify,” Republican legislator Jim Jordan, who sits on the House Oversight Committee, told reporters today.
Since the content of the call between Trump and Zelenski was made public, the Republican Party has questioned the informant’s political motivations, as there are reports that he is a militant Democrat who allegedly worked near Biden.
“The Oversight Committee probably deals with more informants than any committee in Congress, and you always look for two things when you introduce yourself: Do you have first-hand knowledge and what is your bias and/or motive?” Jordan explained.
In this case, the legislator asserted that the informant “has problems in both areas,” since “he had no first-hand knowledge and the inspector general said he had a bias against the president”.
As Trump and several Republicans made their requests about who should testify publicly beginning next week, it was expected that the day in Congress would have a long-awaited protagonist: former White House national security adviser John Bolton.
However, Bolton chose not to run for Congress.
“We regret Mr. Bolton’s decision not to appear voluntarily, but we have no interest in allowing the Administration to play with us in court for months,” an official from the House Intelligence Committee told The Washington Post.
Jennifer Williams, assistant to U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, testified behind closed doors.
Williams was present at the July 25 phone call between Trump and Zelenski and, according to the media, was “worried” about its content.
This new episode in the saga of the impeachment investigation came after the president’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., identified the alleged informant on Twitter this Wednesday.
Trump Jr. cited an article in the conservative daily Breitbart News that says the whistleblower worked on the White House National Security Council under President Barack Obama (2009-2017) and is now an employee of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).