Republicans are finally starting to realize they need to get dirty to fight off this impeachment.
Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) has informed the media House Republicans have every intention of calling the whistleblower during the public hearings next week.
Time to Face His Accuser
Republicans have recently taken up the stance that Donald Trump has the right to face his accuser, even if it is a whistleblower who Democrats say ID is protected by law.
The problem, though, is that it is not the case.
As Senator. Paul (R-KY) stated earlier this week, the only person not permitted to reveal the ID of the whistleblower is the Inspector General.
Members of Congress and the president are not held to that requirement.
Will They Really Do It?
Now, the proclamation by Jordan that they are going to call the whistleblower to testify in the impeachment hearings is more than likely going to hit a roadblock.
Democrats have it written into the rules that any witness called must be approved by the Democrat committee chairman.
If Jordan does call the whistleblower, it is unlikely the Democrat chair will approve his request.
However, Senator Paul recently stated that he is inclined to expose the name of the whistleblower as well.
Rep. Schiff (D-CA) has already pushed back on this, stating “The president’s allies would like nothing better than to help the president out this whistleblower.
“Our committee will not be a part of that.
“They have the right to remain anonymous.
“They certainly should not be subject to these kinds of vicious attacks.”
With the public hearings expected to begin next Wednesday, Schiff has already asked Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) for the list of witnesses Republicans want to call.
That list must be submitted by Saturday, so expect some fireworks over the weekend as Schiff picks and chooses who he permits Republicans to call.