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 NunesEthics complaint filed against Nunes asks how he's paying for lawsuits The Hill's Morning Report - Can Sanders be stopped? Trump creates new headaches for GOP with top intelligence pick 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) WallaceChris Wallace 'horrified' by CNN's Acosta's conduct: 'It's not our job to one-up presidents' President Trump's assault on checks and balances: Five acts in four weeks Steyer: 'I do for sure' have to finish in top three in South Carolina MORE.

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Maloney said three of the names mentioned by Wallace would not meet that requirement: former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden looks to shore up lead in S.C. Hillicon Valley: Dems cancel surveillance vote after pushback to amendments | Facebook to ban certain coronavirus ads | Lawmakers grill online ticketing execs | Hacker accessed facial recognition company's database Vulnerable Democrats brace for Sanders atop ticket 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 John TrumpTrump passes Pence a dangerous buck Overnight Health Care — Presented by American Health Care Association — Trump taps Pence to lead coronavirus response | Trump accuses Pelosi of trying to create panic | CDC confirms case of 'unknown' origin | Schumer wants .5 billion in emergency funds Trump nods at reputation as germaphobe during coronavirus briefing: 'I try to bail out as much as possible' after sneezes 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 VolkerGOP senators request details on Hunter Biden's travel for probe Yovanovitch retires from State Department: reports Live coverage: Senators enter second day of questions in impeachment trial 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 BoltonOvernight Health Care — Presented by American Health Care Association — Trump taps Pence to lead coronavirus response | Trump accuses Pelosi of trying to create panic | CDC confirms case of 'unknown' origin | Schumer wants .5 billion in emergency funds Bolton's lost leverage Azar downplays chance Trump will appoint coronavirus czar 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) Swan MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout 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.”