Laughter erupted during the House Intelligence Committee’s first public impeachment inquiry hearing on Wednesday when Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) invited President Trump to testify in response to Republican Rep. Jim Jordan (Ohio) lamenting that the whistleblower – whom he referred to as ”the guy who started it all” – would not be testifying.
“Now there is one witness, one witness that they won’t bring in front of us,” Jordan said.
“They won’t bring in front of the American people, and that’s the guy that started it all: the whistleblower,” he added.
“I say to my colleague, I’d be glad to have the person who started it all come in and testify. President Trump is welcome to take a seat right there,” Welch said.
Jim Jordan: …we will never be able to question the person who started all of this
— Amee Vanderpool (@girlsreallyrule) November 13, 2019
Republicans have requested the whistleblower’s testimony, but House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) has repeatedly said the whistleblower will not testify and he will not allow questions that could lead to the whistleblower’s identity being revealed.