Following last week’s official vote to launch open hearings, the impeachment probe continues this week behind closed doors.
However, the President continues to defy the inquiry, ordering officials not to testify and strongly pushing for the release of the anonymous whistleblower’s identity.
ABC’s Serena Marshall reports.
A new offer to answer congressional Republican’s questions under oath by the whistleblower rejected, even though the whistleblower’s lawyer said their answers would be in writing, under oath, and penalty of perjury, telling ABC News “Now we have offered directly to the GOP. They have no excuses.”
This morning, President Trump responding, tweeting “The whistleblower gave false information and he must be brought forward to testify. Written answers not acceptable,” even though the President himself fought for months to provide his own written answers instead of an in-person interview to Robert Muller.
The Whistleblower must come forward to explain why his account of the phone call with the Ukrainian President was so inaccurate (fraudulent?). Why did the Whistleblower deal with corrupt politician Shifty Adam Schiff and/or his committee?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 1, 2019
“There is no Whistleblower. There is someone with an agenda against Donald Trump. What he was blowing the whistle on didn’t happen. We have the transcript of the call. This is all a farce and no Republican should forget that.” @dbongino @foxandfriends— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 4, 2019
What I said on the phone call with the Ukrainian President is “perfectly” stated. There is no reason to call witnesses to analyze my words and meaning. This is just another Democrat Hoax that I have had to live with from the day I got elected (and before!). Disgraceful!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 4, 2019
If Shifty Adam Schiff, who is a corrupt politician who fraudulently made up what I said on the “call,” is allowed to release transcripts of the Never Trumpers & others that are & were interviewed, he will change the words that were said to suit the Dems purposes. Republicans…— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 4, 2019
The Whistleblower got it sooo wrong that HE must come forward. The Fake News Media knows who he is but, being an arm of the Democrat Party, don’t want to reveal him because there would be hell to pay.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 3, 2019
Reveal the Whistleblower and end the Impeachment Hoax!
Over the past month, multiple witnesses have testified under oath to congress, corroborating the whistleblower’s account of the President’s phone call with Ukraine’s leader. This includes members of the President’s own National Security Council, like Colonel Alexander Vindman, who testified he was so concerned about what he saw as inappropriate pressure. Vindman twice warned his superiors.
“My phone call was perfecto. It was totally appropriate,” said President Trump.
As he maintains there is nothing wrong with the call, the four current White House officials scheduled for depositions today, skipping them, at the direction of the White House.
Two of those officials were subpoenaed in advance of today, but now, all four have been subpoenaed, allowing House Democrats to argue they are obstructing their congressional oversight by not testifying.