WASHINGTON 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.
Rep. Will Hurd of Texas, who has broken with the White House on other issues, said Sunday the whistleblower should not have been included on a list of witnesses the Republicans wanted to testify in open hearings set to begin Wednesday.
The persons confidential complaint, formally filed in August, voiced alarm about Trump pressuring Ukraine to dig up dirt on Democrats, including former Vice President Joe Biden, a leading 2020 Democratic presidential contender, and his son Hunter. There has been no evidence of wrongdoing by the Bidens in Ukraine.
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