House Minority Leader Calls Impeachment Inquiry a ‘Calculated Coup’ Against Trump

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff D-California second from right speaks during a press conference at Capitol Hill in Washington on Oct.31 2019

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff D-California second from right speaks during a press conference at Capitol Hill in Washington on Oct.31 2019

As the impeachment inquiry against President Trump moves into a public phase this week, leading Democrats - joined by at least one GOP lawmaker - on Sunday rejected Republican demands for public testimony by the whistleblower whose complaint set the process in motion.

In addition to Mr. Biden, son of former Vice President Joseph R. Biden and a former board member of Ukraine's Burisma Holdings, the list included former Burisma board member Devon Archer; ex-Democratic National Committee staffer Alexandra Chalupa, and former Fusion GPS opposition researcher Nellie Ohr.

She said that it is unnecessary for the individual to appear before the intelligence panel because other witnesses who were actually on Trump's phone call with Zelensky - which is at the center of the inquiry - will testify. "And if you remember, Adam Schiff started this off by wanting the whistleblower to testify, and now Adam Schiff gets to decide who comes forward, and now he is fighting the whistleblower for coming forward", continued McCarthy.

"This is not about Schiff finding the truth, this is about Schiff trying to destroy the Trump presidency", Graham said.

"I consider any impeachment in the House that doesn't allow us to know who the whistleblower is to be invalid because without the whistleblower complaint we wouldn't be talking about any of this", Graham told Fox News' "Sunday Morning Futures", stating that the process would be unfair if the person who brought the complaint in the first place does not have to face questioning. "It is impossible to conduct an impeachment inquiry when the chief complaining witness is unknown to the president, not subject to cross-examination".

"Republicans, don't be led into the fools trap of saying it was not flawless, but is not impeachable".

"I recommend that Nervous Nancy Pelosi (who backed up Schiff's lie), Shifty Adam Schiff, Sleepy Joe Biden, the Whistleblower (who miraculously disappeared after I released the transcript of the call), the 2nd Whistleblower (who also disappeared), & the I.G., be part of the list!" the president tweeted. Texas Republican Rep. Will Hurd, who previously worked as an undercover officer with the Central Intelligence Agency, said on Fox News Sunday that unmasking the whistleblower could have a chilling effect on would-be whistleblowers. Will Hurd, R-Texas, said the impeachment inquiry "has been a partisan exercise from the very beginning". He said it would be "inappropriate", but not impeachable, for a president to ask a foreign leader to investigate a political rival, as Trump is alleged to have done. Trump has said he withheld the $400 million in aid to Ukraine because he was concerned the government was not doing enough to fight corruption.

"I think we've gotten lost in this whole idea of quid pro quo", Paul said, using the Latin phrase meaning "something for something", which describes a service or favor being expected in return for one provided. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., said on CNN's "State of the Union".