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Transcripts are coming
In an interview with CNN’s Chris Cuomo, House Intelligence Chairman and impeachment czar Adam Schiff said transcripts of the closed-door depositions could start to be released next week. He said they’ll show that Republicans have been given ample opportunity to question witnesses.
“Those arguments you’ve heard are almost completely false, with only one exception,” Schiff said. “And when you see the transcripts, and we expect to begin releasing them as early as next week, you’ll see that the Republicans have every bit as much time to ask questions.”
Next week’s lineup (more of a wish list)
It is completely unclear which, if any, of these witnesses will actually show up. The most obvious questions would go to John Eisenberg, the National Security Council attorney who heard Vindman’s concerns and then placed the call transcript in a more secure location.
Here’s the full lineup as of now the Democrats are summoning next week.
Witnesses expected to testify in closed session on Monday:
- Eisenberg, deputy counsel to the President for national security affairs and legal adviser to the National Security Council
- Robert Blair, assistant to the President and senior adviser to the acting chief of staff
- Michael Ellis, senior associate counsel to the President and deputy legal adviser to the National Security Council
- Brian McCormack, associate director for natural resources, energy and science, Office of Management and Budget
Witnesses expected to testify on Tuesday:
- Wells Griffith, special assistant to the President and senior director for international energy and environment at the National Security Council
- Michael Duffey, associate director for national security programs, Office of Management and Budget
Witnesses expected to testify Wednesday, an official working on the inquiry tells CNN’s Manu Raju:
- Acting OMB Director Russell Vought
- State Department Counselor T. Ulrich Brechbuhl
- Secretary of Energy Rick Perry
- Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs David Hale
Witnesses scheduled to testify on Thursday:
- Former national security adviser John Bolton
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