Democrats kill motion to have Adam Schiff testify in impeachment inquiry

by Jordyn Pair · Dec 4th, 2019 3:24 pm
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Democrats in the House Judiciary Committee killed a motion to call House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) to testify in the impeachment inquiry. Schiff plays a central role in the whistleblower complaint that initiated the impeachment inquiry.

Ranking Member Doug Collins (R-GA) made the motion to request Schiff to testify before the House Judiciary Committee, submitting a letter that shared the request.

Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) then recognized a Democrat who moved to postpone consideration of Collins' motion. The vote to table the motion fell along party lines at 24-17, with Democrats voting to table it and Republicans voting against tabling it.

Republicans in House Intelligence Committee had originally requested Schiff testify during the impeachment inquiry because the whistleblower allegedly spoke with Schiff's committee before filing his complaint.

Schiff has denied knowing the identity of the whistleblower and has so far refused to call the whistleblower in to testify.

If the articles of impeachment pass the House, Senate Republicans could request Schiff's testimony.

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