Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) is frustrated that House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) has yet to publish the transcripts of four of the testimonies from the controversial closed-door sessions that they need to prepare for the round of public hearings, according to Fox News.
These statements belong to a series of irregular interrogations that took place in the basement of the Capitol by as part of the closed-door session led by Schiff to impeach the president Donald Trump.
“The chairman has promised that we’d get to see the transcript,” Jordan said during the televised public hearing on Friday, “but there are still four people that we have not been able to see their transcripts,” he said.
“Therefore, the testimony they provided, we’re not able to use in these open hearings,” added the Republican representative, suggesting that this lack of information was harming the preparation of the defense.
“If it’s an open hearing, all the available testimony of depositions that has been taken by the committee should be available to be discussed, for the American people to see,” Jordan said.
Among the four witnesses questioned, whose testimonies remain unpublished, are those of Tim Morrison, outgoing senior director of the National Security Council on European and Russian affairs; and Jennifer Williams, special adviser to Vice President Mike Pence on Europe and Russia.
Both, called to testify publicly next week, were present during President Trump’s July 25 phone call to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, which triggered Schiff’s inquiry.
Schiff began with President Trump’s impeachment based on the assumption that the president had pressured the Ukrainian president to investigate corruption involving the son of former Vice President Joe Biden.
At this point, it should be noted that Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), chairman of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs, said that if the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump comes to the Senate, he will call Schiff and former President Joe Biden and his son Hunter to the stand to “get to the bottom of it.”
The other two testimonies Jordan is asking for belong to Philip Reeker, a senior State Department diplomat in charge of U.S. policy for Europe; and David Hale, undersecretary of state for political affairs, who must also testify next week.