ON THE HILL WITH DOUG CHRISTIAN
CAPITOL HILL – Of the growing scandal involving President Donald Trump’s release of aid to Ukraine possibly being linked to an investigation of Hunter Biden, son of rival presidential hopeful Joe Biden, Utah Republican Senator Mitt Romney tweeted Sunday:
If the President asked or pressured Ukraine’s president to investigate his political rival, either directly or through his personal attorney, it would be troubling in the extreme. Critical for the facts to come out.
— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) September 22, 2019
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi penned a letter to lawmakers Sunday saying that:
“On Thursday, Acting Director of National Intelligence [DNI] Joseph Maguire will appear before the House Intelligence Committee in an open hearing.”
She continued: “At that time, we expect him to obey the law and tum over the whistleblower’s full complaint to the Committee. We also expect that he will establish a path for the whistleblower to speak directly to the House and Senate Intelligence Committees as required by law.”
Pelosi detailed how the DNI refused to turn over the ‘urgent’ complaint and concluded with a warning:
“If the Administration persists in blocking this whistleblower from disclosing to Congress a serious possible breach of constitutional duties by the President, they will be entering a grave new chapter of lawlessness which will take us into a whole new stage of investigation.”
In other news, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren is surging in Iowa polls for the Democratic presidential nomination over her chief rival, former Vice President Joe Biden. Warren’s support rose 7 points to 22%, whereas Biden’s support fell 3 points to 20%. Vermont’s Independent senator, Bernie Sanders, fell 5 points to 11%, Pete Buttigieg fell to 9%, and California Sen. Kamala Harris’ campaign is stalled at 6%.
Doug Christian, Capitol Hill