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    In this Oct. 11, 2012, file photo, Hunter Biden waits for the start of the his father's, Vice President Joe Biden's, debate at Centre College in Danville, Ky. In 2014, then-Vice President Joe Biden was at the forefront of American diplomatic efforts to support Ukraine's fragile democratic government as it sought to fend off Russian aggression and root out corruption. So it raised eyebrows when Biden's son Hunter was hired by a Ukrainian gas company. President Donald Trump prodded Ukraine's president to help him investigate any corruption related to Joe Biden, now one of the top Democrats seeking to defeat Trump in 2020.

    House Republicans Request Hunter Biden Testify in Public Impeachment Hearing

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    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - Ukrainian oil firm Burisma and former board member Hunter Biden are central in an impeachment inquiry into Trump for allegedly pressuring Ukraine to investigate possible corruption of his political rival's son.

    Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee have requested that Hunter Biden, son of Former US Vice President Joe Biden, testify in the impeachment inquiry into US President Donald, according to a document made public Saturday.

    As outlined in a letter to Chairman of the committee Adam Schiff, penned by Republican California Representative Devin Nunes, Hunter Biden and Burisma leadership are on the wish list for witnesses to testify as part of the hearings.

    A whistleblower complaint in September brought into attention a telephone conversation between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in which Trump asked for a "favour." It later became known that Trump withheld military aid of up to $400 million. House Democrats soon thereafter launched an impeachment inquiry on the ground of abuse of presidential powers and soliciting a foreign power to interfere in US elections by digging up dirt on a political opponent.

    The impeachment inquiry is set to begin public hearings of witnesses next week, a divisive move which Republicans have deemed an attempt to sway public opinion against the US president.

    Through this letter, Republican members on the House Intelligence Committee, a minority led by Nunes, have put forward a list of witnesses they believe would absolve Trump of blame. Joining Biden Jr. and Burisma leadership on the list are the anonymous whistleblower, former US Special Representative to Ukraine Kurt Volker and a slew of Democratic insiders.

    Trump denies claims of attempting to strong arm Zelenskyy via telephone conversation to, claiming that the phone call was "perfect."

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