Ratcliffe attempts to question Schiff about staff’s contact with Ukraine whistleblower

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Texas Republican Rep. John Ratcliffe attempted to question House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff at the first public impeachment hearing about when his staff first had contact with the Ukranian whistleblower.

Ratcliffe and House Republican colleagues want to tease out that point to undermine Democrats’ case against President Trump. They say it points to a partisan conspiracy by government bureaucrats to oust Trump from office.

While questioning Acting U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine William Taylor on Wednesday, Ratcliffe confirmed with Taylor whether he thought no pressure, no demand, no conditions, no blackmail, no corruption, or a quid pro quo existed on the July 25 call between President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine and Trump.

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