Intelligence Democrat asks why the Trump administration is 'afraid' to let witnesses testify

Intelligence Democrat asks why the Trump administration is 'afraid' to let witnesses testify
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Rep. Terri SewellTerrycina (Terri) Andrea SewellHouse to take up voting rights, government funding this month Democrats ramp up oversight efforts over 'opportunity zone' incentive Sunday shows - Next impeachment phase dominates MORE (D-Ala.), a member of the House Intelligence Committee, asked Sunday why the Trump administration has been 'afraid' to let witnesses testify in the impeachment inquiry. 

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"This administration is doing everything to make sure that witnesses don't get a chance to come and be heard. And why are they hiding it?" she asked on NBC's "Meet the Press."

"If they really have firm grounds to stand on, why are they so afraid to let witnesses come before us and tell their side?" Sewell added. 

Asked whether she thought the scheduled testimony of White House lawyer John Eisenberg would be blocked, the Democrat responded: "I don't know."

"I hope that he will testify," Sewell said.  "This administration has done everything it can to hide the ball and it begs the question, 'What are they trying to hide?'" 

Eisenberg is slated to testify Monday. 

The Washington Post recently reported that White House official Alexander Vindman testified that Eisenberg was behind the decision to move a call between President TrumpDonald John TrumpTariffs threaten 1.5m jobs: Study Trump says he'll meet with dictators if it helps the US Barr to launch anti-gun violence initiative during public impeachment hearing MORE and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to a classified server after Vindman had raised concerns about it. 

Politico reported last week Vindman testified Eisenberg told him not to tell anyone about the call because it was Vindman's job to coordinate interagency procedures regarding it. 

The administration has attempted to block the testimony of several officials in the House probe into Trump's dealings with Ukraine.