Get ready for the first big fireworks from House Democrats’ shift to public hearings for their Ukraine-Gate impeachment inquiry. Under the more formalized rules of the open sessions, House Republicans have the ability to request subpoenas for witnesses — although not necessarily the ability to actually issue them. First on their list is the sorta-mysterious whistleblower whose secondhand complaint launched this latest iteration of the Democrats’ years-long impeachment project, according to Rep. Jim Jordan:
Republicans say they’ve been told to submit a list of witnesses they’d like to call in the impeachment inquiry by Saturday — and one of President Donald Trump’s top defenders says at the top of the list will be the whistleblower who first sounded the alarm about the president’s posture toward Ukraine.
Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) said he doesn’t know the identity of the whistleblower but said Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), the leader of the impeachment inquiry, should call the person to testify.
“We’ll see if he gives us any of our witnesses,” Jordan told reporters on Thursday, declining to identify others that GOP lawmakers intend to request.
That’s the big question, and this is the big test. The chances of this actually happening, of course, are nil: