Intelligence panel Democrat: 'I think we will end up calling' some witnesses on GOP list

Intelligence panel Democrat: 'I think we will end up calling' some witnesses on GOP list
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Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-N.Y.), a member of the House Intelligence Committee, said on “Fox News Sunday” that some witnesses requested by Ranking Member Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesSunday shows preview: Bipartisan infrastructure talks drag on; Democrats plow ahead with Jan. 6 probe Lawmakers spend more on personal security in wake of insurrection Tucker Carlson claims NSA leaked private emails to journalists MORE (R-Calif.) would likely be called in the House’s impeachment inquiry.

“I can’t speak for the chairman, but I think we will end up calling some of the witnesses on that list and here’s my test: Do these witnesses have important ... knowledge or evidence about the president’s conduct?” Maloney told Fox’s Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceAnything-but-bipartisan 1/6 commission will seal Pelosi's retirement. Here's why Biden walks fine line with Fox News Aides who clashed with Giuliani intentionally gave him wrong time for Trump debate prep: book MORE.

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Maloney said three of the names mentioned by Wallace would not meet that requirement: former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenRussia says 24 diplomats asked by U.S. to leave by September Biden discusses Canadian citizens detained in China with Trudeau Biden administration to keep Trump-era rule of turning away migrants during pandemic MORE’s son Hunter, former Fusion GPS independent contractor Nellie Ohr and the whistleblower whose complaint prompted the inquiry.

Maloney said it was vital that the whistleblower remain anonymous to protect their safety.

In the case of Hunter Biden, Maloney asked rhetorically: “What information would Hunter Biden have” about President TrumpDonald TrumpBiden administration to keep Trump-era rule of turning away migrants during pandemic On The Money: Biden, Pelosi struggle with end of eviction ban | Trump attorney says he will fight release of tax returns Lack of transatlantic cooperation on trade threatens global climate change goals MORE’s phone call with Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky.

“He has no knowledge of what the president did or didn’t do… there are certainly questions but it isn’t relevant to this week’s hearing,” Maloney added.

Maloney also said “there are witnesses on the Republican list who have been interviewed in depositions already,” citing former Special Envoy to Ukraine Kurt VolkerKurt VolkerCNN obtains audio of 2019 Giuliani call linked to Ukraine meddling allegations GOP senators request details on Hunter Biden's travel for probe Yovanovitch retires from State Department: reports MORE and top White House Ukraine aide Tim Morrison as some that should testify publicly.

Wallace, meanwhile, pressed Maloney on the tight timeline for the inquiry, which House leadership has said they intend to complete by the end of the year, and how that would affect the court battle over whether former national security advisor John BoltonJohn BoltonWant to evaluate Donald Trump's judgment? Listen to Donald Trump Will Pence primary Trump — and win? Bolton: Trump lacked enough 'advance thinking' for a coup MORE would be compelled to testify.

“We would love to have Mr. Bolton’s evidence, there’s nothing preventing him from giving it,” Maloney responded.

Wallace also asked whether, since transcripts of several of the closed-door depositions are already available, “Is the argument that people aren’t going to read the book but they’re going to see the movie, because that didn’t work out very well in the [special counsel] Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel MORE testimony?”

“The point is that the Republicans have been demanding for weeks that the public be able to see this testimony, so they should take ‘yes’ for an answer,” Maloney responded, urging viewers to “make up your own minds.”