"The president broke the law", said Rep. Jackie Speier of California. "Is it because we found out that he [Schiff] met with, and his staff met with him?" said McCarthy questioning the reason for Adam Schiff to block the whistleblower from testifying in from of the Impeachment inquiry committee.
While breaking ranks with fellow Republicans over the call for the whistleblower's testimony, Hurd said in his "Fox News Sunday" interview that he agreed the younger Biden should be called to appear. "So you have direct evidence, not indirect evidence".
"I would make the argument that every politician in Washington, other than me, virtually, is trying to manipulate Ukraine to their purposes", Paul said.
Speier, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, raised the issue of the "great risk associated with (the whistleblower's) life right now".More news: Joker is now the most profitable comic book movie of all time
"He went on a telephone call with the president of Ukraine and said "I have a favor though". and proceeded to ask for an investigation of his rival and this this is avery strong case of bribery", she said. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) told Fox News on Sunday.
"Well, because what's going to happen, when you find out who the whistleblower is, I'm confident you're going to find out it's somebody from the deep state", Graham said. "I believe it was inappropriate".
Although Trump consistently tells rally crowds that the whistleblower's account has been shown to be false, closed-door testimony by current and former administration officials has in fact corroborated core elements of the complaint, which centered on Trump's efforts to pressure Zelensky to investigate the 2016 election as well as Biden's son Hunter, who formerly sat on the board of directors of a Ukrainian energy company. John Kennedy of Louisiana, said the president's behavior may have crossed the line. Asked if over the line means impeachable, Kennedy replied: "Yeah, probably". "Your failure to fulfill minority witness requests shall constitute evidence of your denial of fundamental fairness and due process", Nunes wrote in the letter to Schiff.
At campaign-style rallies, including one in Louisiana last week, Trump has again and again called for publication of the whistleblower's identity, drawing sharp objections from the individual's legal team.More news: Emilia Clarke hits out at 'bloody annoying' Last Christmas spoilers
"Presidents have withheld aid before for corruption", Paul said on NBC's Meet the Press .
"I think we should just turn over every rock and pursue every lead to ultimately get to the truth", Hurd said.
This week's public hearings will start Wednesday with testimony from two diplomats: William Taylor, the acting USA ambassador to Ukraine, and George Kent, the deputy assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian affairs.
On Friday Marie Yovanovitch, the former USA ambassador to Ukraine, is scheduled to testify.More news: Statistics Canada: B.C. unemployment rate best in country