House Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) has sent a formal letter to Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), requesting that Schiff testify behind closed doors as to the nature of his conversations with the whistleblower whose complaint catapulted House Democrats' impeachment probe against President Donald Trump.
In the letter obtained by Fox News, Nunes calls on Schiff to sit before the House Intelligence, Foreign Affairs, and Oversight Committees in a private setting, urging the chairman to provide testimony and telling him, "by now, the American people know your desire to see the duly-elected president removed from office outweighs your sense of responsibility to running a functioning intelligence oversight committee."
As Nunes has indicated, Schiff also promised to allow the whistleblower to give private testimony to Congress as part of the impeachment investigation, and then decided such testimony was no longer necessary.
Nunes addressed Schiff's about-face on allowing Republican members to question the whistleblower, writing in his letter to the chairman, "Given that you have reneged on your public commitment to let the committees interview the whistleblower directly, you are the only individual who can provide clarity as to these conversations."
The Washington Examiner noted that "Schiff has been under scrutiny from Republican lawmakers who feel that his efforts to impeach Trump have been molded by a partisan interest as a Democrat in removing the president from office."