"We expect you to call each of the witnesses listed above to ensure that the Democrats' & # 39; impeachment inquiry & # 39; treat the President fairly, as promised by Speaker Pelosi, "wrote Devin Nunes (Calif.), Who is ranking Republican in the Intelligence Committee. "Your failure to fulfill the Minority Witness requests will be evidence of your denial of fundamental fairness and due process."
Investigations are moving from closed-door deposits to open hearings next week, which Democrats hope to have in a strong case in the American public that bolsters support for presidential impeaching .
Republicans and the president have complained that the Democrats' inquiry was unfair. When Democrats reject the witnesses they ask for, Republicans will be presented as evidence of a one-sided process.
In a letter to Schiff, Nunes gave justification for each of the witnesses listed.
In addition to Hunter Biden, they also wanted to hear from Biden's business partner, Devon Archer, who served with Biden on the board of Burisma, a Ukrainian natural gas company.
Nunes wrote that both Biden and Archer's time with Burisma "could help the American public. In understanding the nature and scope of Ukraine's extensive corruption, information that brings directly to the long-standing President Trump's doubts and deep doubts in the country. ”
Biden's work for Burisma was an issue of impeachment inquiry if Trump abused his power by asking Ukrainian leaders to investigate Bidens at the same time prevented military aid from their country, raining to burn top prosecutor, Viktor Shokin, because Biden and other Western officials said Shokin was not pursuing corruption cases
Previously Burisma was investigated by Ukrainian prosecutors, but in 201
6 when Biden pushed for Shokin to be fired, the firing t in Burisma is intense, according to former Ukrainian and US officials.
In a request that the anonymous whistleblower be asked to testify in public, Nunes wrote that Trump "should have a chance to deal with his accusers." it was also asked that all individuals who provided whistleblower information should be compelled to appear.
Democrats have pushed for Republicans' desire to expose the whistleblower's identity, citing protections provided to federal employees who do not disclose information about government misconduct. .