Jim Jordan announces Republicans will subpoena ‘whistleblower’ to testify before Congress

Rep. Jim Jordan revealed that Republicans plan to subpoena the whistleblower to testify in the impeachment investigation being led by House Democrats.

The ranking member of the House Oversight Committee announced on Thursday that Republicans will subpoena the government whistleblower in an effort to get the person to appear and testify before Congress in a public hearing, The Hill reported.

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House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff has argued to maintain the whistleblower’s anonymity although he was originally set to testify to the House Intelligence Committee in a closed-door hearing before Democrats cited fears for his safety.

The odds are against the success of the attempt by the GOP to subpoena the whistleblower, whose complaint filed against President Trump alleged that he may have pressured Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter’s business dealings in the country.

Democrats have protected the whistleblower and maintain that since the person is no longer a key witness in their impeachment inquiry, the identity does not need to be revealed. With control of the House, Democrats also have veto power over subpoena requests.

Jordan and other Republicans have maintained that the identity of the whistleblower must be made public.

Sen. Rand Paul has been one of the more outspoken Republicans, arguing that President Trump has the right to face his accuser.

“We now know the name of the whistleblower,” the Kentucky Republican said in a fiery speech at a Trump rally in his home state on Monday.  “The whistleblower needs to come before Congress as a material witness because he worked for Joe Biden at the same time that Hunter Biden was getting money from corrupt oligarchs. I say tonight to the media: Do your job and print his name!”

“The whistleblower statute never required for anonymity,” Rep. Mark Meadows told reporters.

In an opinion piece published in USA Today this week, Jordan urged that the whistleblower “must testify under oath and in person.”

“Government whistleblowers should be protected. But a fundamental tenet of due process is the ability to confront one’s accusers. On a matter as grave as impeachment, Americans should assess for themselves the credibility and motivations of the individual who initiated the inquiry,” the Ohio lawmaker wrote.

Republican leadership has reportedly been considering adding Jordan to the House Intelligence Committee ahead of the public impeachment hearings, which are scheduled in the House next week.

Jordan has effectively been leading GOP efforts in the impeachment proceedings so far where three committees have held closed-door hearings. A fierce critic of Schiff and Democrats running the impeachment proceedings, Jordan would be blocked from participating in any public hearings the Intelligence Committee will soon be conducting due to the House resolution passed last week.

Republicans have reportedly been asked to turn in their witness wish-list by Saturday, Jordan said, as Democrats announced the first public impeachment hearings will begin next week.

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