"As the so-called impeachment inquiry gathers information that contradicts the employee's allegations, we ask that you arrange for the Committees to receive public testimony from the employee and all individuals he or she relied upon in formulating the complaint".
Putin's and Orban's influencing power over Trump was reportedly described to Congress by George Kent, a deputy assistant secretary of state, in closed-door testimony last week. Regarding the SCIF that Republicans crashed on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, the members who protested were not on any committees leading the investigation and were therefore barred from entering. Just 6% of Republicans are in support of Trump's removal; while the majority oppose both the impeachment inquiry and the removal of Trump from office, Quinnipiac polling analyst Mary Snow explains, "Roughly 7 in 10 Republicans say the president was pursuing the national interest in his dealings with Ukraine".
Elliot Mincberg, a senior fellow and counsel at People for the American Way, called Wednesday's actions a "diversionary tactic".
He claimed Republicans had been locked out of the impeachment inquiry so far, called for transcripts to be released, and said the process was an attempt to overthrow the result of the 2016 election.
Since these lawmakers were not members of the committees overseeing the impeachment inquiry, they were denied access.
"They violated House rules by trying to crash committees of which they don't sit on", said Lieu. Cellphones and other such electronic devices are prohibited from being used in the classified room.
"Given that we already have the call record, we don't need the whistleblower, who wasn't on the call, to tell us what took place during the call", Schiff said on October 13. "But they won't be successful".
The White House has been confronted with a series of depositions by current or former administration officials in recent weeks as Democrats layout the most serious case against the president in his almost three years in office. "Watch out for them, they are human scum!" Cooper's testimony has been delayed indeterminately because a number of Republican lawmakers are still in that secure area, where they are not authorized to be. The staff member who was checking identification at the entrance was "basically overcome" by the Republicans, she said. Cooper was expected to face questions about Trump's decision this year to withhold $391 million in security assistance to Ukraine approved by Congress.
On Tuesday, in 10 hours of testimony behind closed doors, Taylor provided congressional committees conducting impeachment hearings a detailed account of how Trump repeatedly sought to make a summit meeting for the Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, at the White House and a military aid package to Ukraine conditional on Zelenskiy launching investigations into Trump's political opponents.
- More than two months before the phone call that launched the impeachment inquiry, Ukraine's newly elected leader was already anxious about pressure from the US president to investigate his Democratic rival Joe Biden.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) is planning to introduce a resolution condemning the House Democrats' impeachment inquiry process and argued that any articles should be dismissed in the Senate without a trial.
Democratic Representative David Cicilline told reporters that holding the depositions in private protects the integrity of the inquiry. Basically, he doesn't want witnesses to coordinate their testimony.
"We see this as an effort not only to intimidate this witness but also to intimidate future witnesses from coming forward". It's not going to work.
"We're not going to be deterred", he added.