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Strict Party Line Vote

That’s when Democrats voted to table the motion–and Republicans predictably voted against doing so .

The strict party line vote was 24-17.

Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee had requested Schiff testify during the early phases of the impeachment inquiry, after it was revealed that the whistleblower had contacted Schiff’s committee before lodging his complaint.

According to the New York Times, the whistleblower contacted a Schiff aide before filing the complaint, and the aide told the whistleblower to get legal representation and then file a formal complaint. The aide also sent the “outlines” of the whistleblower’s complaint to Schiff, reported the Times.

Shady Schiff

When Schiff finally disclosed the existence of the whistleblower complaint, he also demanded that the Inspector General to hand the complaint over to Congress.

Originally, Schiff denied he or his office ever communicated with the whistleblower before he filed the complaint. The Democrat’s staff later walked back his comments, claiming he meant that there was never a formal interview with the whistleblower, and that Schiff had never met with the person himself.

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Schiff continues to deny knowing the whistleblower’s identity, but has stopped Republicans questioning witnesses on who they spoke with in the intelligence community about concerns that President Trump was withholding aid from Ukraine allegedly as political leverage to spy on Joe Biden.

At first, Schiff said he would have the whistleblower in to testify, then later changed his mind, saying it was not necessary. To date, Schiff has refused to call the whistleblower in to testify despite Republican requests.

If articles of impeachment on Trump is voted on by the House and it then heads to the Senate, Republicans would be able to request that Schiff testify.