UPDATED 8:43 PM PT — Thursday, November 7, 2019
According to ranking member of the House Oversight Committee Jim Jordan, Republicans intend to subpoena the whistleblower to testify publicly in the impeachment inquiry. On Thursday, Jordan told reporters the anonymous person may be on a list of witnesses the Republicans want to testify in open hearings.
“You don’t get to ignite an impeachment effort and never account for your actions and role in orchestrating it,” he stated. “Whistleblower needs to testify.”
The GOP has questioned the political motivations of the unnamed individual as reports have alleged the whistleblower is a registered Democrat and supposedly worked close to former Vice President Joe Biden.
“The Oversight Committee probably deals with more whistleblowers than any committee in Congress,” said Jordan. “You always look for two things when a whistleblower comes forward: did they have firsthand knowledge and what is their bias and/or motive?”
“This individual, whomever he may be, has problems in both areas: had no firsthand knowledge and the inspector general has already told us he has a bias against the president,” explained the Ohio lawmaker. “And it’s been reported he worked for Vice President Biden, that’s why we need to know this information.”
The Democrats will most likely deny this witness as they have vowed to protect the person’s identity. The GOP has until Saturday to submit their list of potential witnesses.