Whistleblower's lawyer accuses Republicans of hypocrisy

Whistleblower's lawyer accuses Republicans of hypocrisy
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The lawyer for the whistleblower whose report sparked the impeachment inquiry into President TrumpDonald John TrumpStates slashed 4,400 environmental agency jobs in past decade: study Biden hammers Trump over video of world leaders mocking him Iran building hidden arsenal of short-range ballistic missiles in Iraq: report MORE accused Republicans of hypocrisy in a tweet Wednesday.

Mark Zaid commented on the first public impeachment hearing by saying he heard GOP lawmakers "criticize & belittle" the "significance of hearsay info." He said that conflicted with their interest in hearing the whistleblower testify based on secondhand information.

“I watched today's hearing & repeatedly heard Members criticize & belittle significance of hearsay info. Yet same Members pushed to subpoena #whistleblower who they complain only has second hand info. #hypocrisy,” he tweeted.

“Only reason is to intimidate & harm,” he added. “#ProtectTheWhistleblower.”

Republican House members questioned diplomats William Taylor and George Kent during their public testimony Wednesday, casting doubt on Taylor’s testimony, which is based on secondhand knowledge, and saying there is no evidence that Trump committed an impeachable offense.

The House kicked off the impeachment inquiry in September after a complaint from a whistleblower came to light saying that Trump asked the Ukrainian president to look into former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenGabbard moves to New Hampshire ahead of primary Biden hammers Trump over video of world leaders mocking him Trump's legal team huddles with Senate Republicans MORE days after withholding military aid from the country. 

Republicans have since called on the whistleblower to testify, despite House Democrats saying the whistleblower’s account has been substantiated by other current and former Trump officials more familiar with the White House-Ukraine relationship.