House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff made it clear that whistleblower won't be testifying in the impeachment inquiry, arguing that the individual's testimony would be "redundant and unnecessary", CNN reports.
House Republicans earlier Saturday had submitted a list of witnesses to Democrats that they'd like to testify as part of the chamber's impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump and Ukraine. The list included the whistleblower and former Vice President Joe Biden's son Hunter Biden.
However, Schiff does not think that whistleblower's testimony would do great for the impeachment inquiry.
"The impeachment inquiry, moreover, has gathered an ever-growing body of evidence - from witnesses and documents, including the President's own words in his July 25 call record
- that not only confirms, but far exceeds, the initial information in the whistleblower's complaint. The whistleblower's testimony is therefore redundant and unnecessary. In light of the President's threats, the individual's appearance before us would only place their personal safety at grave risk," Schiff wrote to California Rep. Devin Nunes, the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee.
As we reported earlier, Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham asserted that the impeachment inquiry into U.S. President Donald Trump
is "invalid" unless the identity of the anonymous whistleblower is revealed, according to CNN.
According to Graham, the process would be "dead on arrival" in the Republican-controlled chamber if the whistleblower doesn't testify before Congress.