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Whistleblower to testify soon: Schiff

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Whistleblower to testify soon: Schiff

Whistleblower to testify soon: Schiff

The House Intelligence Committee has reached an agreement with the whistleblower - who said that Trump pressed Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy in a telephone call to investigate Biden and his son Hunter - to testify soon, according to chairman Adam Schiff.

Jillian Kitchener has more.

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EDITORIAL USE ONLY** (SOUNDBITE) (English) SENATOR LINDSEY GRAHAM (R-SC), SAYING: “I have zero problems with this phone call.” Republican Senator Lindsey Graham on Sunday fiercely defended President Trump’s July phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, in which Trump asked for an investigation of former Vice President Joe Biden and his son.

The call came after the U.S. froze nearly $400 million in aid to Ukraine, prompting concern that Trump was using the taxpayer money as leverage for his personal political gain... And prompting House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday to launch an impeachment inquiry against Trump.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) SENATOR LINDSEY GRAHAM (R-SC), SAYING: “This seems to me like a political setup.

It's all here-say.

You can’t get a parking ticket conviction based on here-say — the whistleblower didn’t hear the phone call… So this is a sham as far as I'm concerned.

I want to know who told the whistleblower about the phone call.” Also on Sunday, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff said that lawmakers have reached an agreement with the whistleblower to testify before Congress 'very soon'.

Trump has denied any wrongdoing... and claims Democrats have launched a politically motivated ‘witch hunt’.

But, public opinion is now on the side of the impeachment inquiry, according to Pelosi.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) HOUSE SPEAKER NANCY PELOSI, SAYING: “But in the public, the tide has completely changed, it could change now - who knows - but right now after seeing the complaint and the IG (Inspector General) report and the cavalier attitude the administration had towards it, the American people are coming to a different dec... (decision)... This is a very sad time for our country..." They also scheduled depositions for five State Department officials within two weeks, including Kurt Volker, Trump's envoy to Ukraine, who resigned on Friday.




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