Democratic head of the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee Jerrold Nadler rejected he eight witnesses Republican lawmakers requested to appear as part of the panel’s impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.
The prospective witnesses included Joe Biden, Hunter Biden, the whistleblower, and Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), who chairs the House Intelligence Committee.
Nadler explained his decision by declaring that the witnesses fall “outside the parameters of the impeachment inquiry,” and therefore are irrelevant.
It’s hard to see how the whistleblower who began the process, and the subject of the request for an investigation in Ukraine, the Bidens, are irrelevant, but Chairman Nadler gets to make that call. Nadler noted that if ranking minority member Doug Collins disagrees, he can call for a full committee vote, but with Democrats outnumbering Republicans, it’s unlikely anything would change.
At least, things won’t change until the process moves to the Republican-controlled Senate.