The lawyer for the whistleblower whose report sparked the impeachment inquiry into President TrumpDonald TrumpUkraine's president compares UN to 'a retired superhero' Collins to endorse LePage in Maine governor comeback bid Heller won't say if Biden won election 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.
“Only reason is to intimidate & harm,” he added. “#ProtectTheWhistleblower.”
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.— Mark S. Zaid (@MarkSZaidEsq) November 13, 2019
Only reason is to intimidate & harm.#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 BidenUkraine's president compares UN to 'a retired superhero' Biden touts 'progress' during 'candid' meetings on .5T plan Biden to tap law professor who wants to 'end banking as we know it' as OCC chief: reports 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.