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Impeachment hearing breaks into laughter after Democrat invites Trump to testify

Democrats watching the first public impeachment hearing Wednesday laughed after Rep. Peter WelchPeter Francis WelchShakespeare gets a congressional hearing in this year's 'Will on the Hill' Democrats debate shape of new Jan. 6 probe On the Money: Tech giants face rising pressure from shareholder activists | House Democrats urge IRS to reverse Trump-era rule reducing donor disclosure | Sen. Warren, Jamie Dimon spar over overdraft fees at Senate hearing MORE (D-Vt.) invited President TrumpDonald TrumpHead of firms that pushed 'Italygate' theory falsely claimed VA mansion was her home: report Centrists gain foothold in infrastructure talks; cyber attacks at center of Biden-Putin meeting VA moving to cover gender affirmation surgery through department health care MORE to testify. 

“I say to my colleague, I’d be glad to have the person who started it all come in and testify. President Trump is welcome to take a seat right there,” Welch said.

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His comment was in response to Rep. Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanHillicon Valley: Biden, Putin agree to begin work on addressing cybersecurity concerns | Senate panel unanimously advances key Biden cyber nominees | Rick Scott threatens to delay national security nominees until Biden visits border Trump, allies pressured DOJ to back election claims, documents show The tale of the last bipartisan unicorns MORE’s (R-Ohio) claim that House Democrats are keeping the “guy that started it all,” referring to the whistleblower, from testifying as part of the hearings. 

 

 

“Now there is one witness, one witness that they won't bring in front of us. They won’t bring in front of the American people, and that’s the guy that started it all: the whistleblower,” Jordan said. 

Republicans have requested the whistleblower’s testimony, but House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffCentrists gain foothold in infrastructure talks; cyber attacks at center of Biden-Putin meeting Cyber concerns dominate Biden-Putin summit Senate on collision course over Trump DOJ subpoenas MORE (D-Calif.) has repeatedly said the whistleblower will not testify and he will not allow questions that could lead to the whistleblower's identity being revealed.