Impeachment inquiry public hearings leave out two witnesses with exculpatory evidence

Impeachment inquiry public hearings leave out two witnesses with exculpatory evidence
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[Ed. – Stacking the deck]

The House Intelligence Committee’s witness list for this week’s public hearings in the “impeachment inquiry” omits two witnesses whose closed-door sessions last month provided exculpatory evidence for President Donald Trump.

It is not clear why they have not been included, or whether they will be called to testify publicly in future. Neither of the two witnesses were on Republicans’ proposed list; they were called by Democrats behind closed doors.

One witness, Catherine Croft, the special adviser at the National Security Council (NSC) for Ukraine negotiations, offered at least two pieces of evidence that tend to help Trump’s argument that he did nothing wrong by asking the Ukrainian president to investigate election interference in 2016 and former Vice President Joe Biden’s past conflict of interest regarding his son, Hunter Biden, who served on the board of Burisma, a Ukrainian fossil fuel company.

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