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Nadler Letter to Collins re: Request for Witness Testimony Whistleblower Complaint on Ukraine (Kelly Smith, comp.) [1] (12/9/2019)

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                                            December  9, 2019

        The Honorable Doug  Collins
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        Dear Ranking Member   Collins:

               Thank you for your letter dated December 6, 2019, responding to my November 29 letter
        concerning whether you would like to pursue the issuance of subpoenas or interrogatories under
        H. Res. 660. In your letter you make eight requests for witnesses to appear before the
        Committee, as well as any witnesses requested by the President. My response to these
        requests are as follows:

               First, since we received your letter, we understand the President is not requesting any
        witnesses to appear in our impeachment proceedings so there is no further reason to address that
        request.

               With respect to your requests that the Committee obtain testimony from Chairman Schiff
        as well as [t]he anonymous whistleblower whose complaint initiated this 'impeachment
        inquiry,' the Committee has previously tabled motions with regard to these matters at its
        December  4, 2019 hearing, and I see no reason to reconsider those requests. Moreover, the
        Intelligence Committee report has adduced independent evidence for its conclusions that do not
        rely upon the whistleblower in any way and Intelligence committee counsel will be testifying as
        provided for by H. Res. 660, and thus there is no need for Chairman Schiff.

               Five of your remaining requests were previously made by Ranking Member Nunes
        during the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence impeachment proceedings, and
        were rejected by that Committee. In doing so, Chairman Schiff stated, [t]his inquiry is not, and
        will not serve.. .as a vehicle to undertake the same sham investigations into the Bidens or 2016
        that the President pressed Ukraine to conduct for his personal political benefit, or to facilitate the
        President's effort to threaten, intimidate, and retaliate against the whistleblower who

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