Rep. Will Hurd Says House Intelligence Committee Needs to Talk to Rudy Giuliani During Impeachment Hearings

Texas Republican Rep. Will Hurd said on the PBS news show Firing Line that he believes the impeachment committee still needs to talk to President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

Hurd, the only black Republican in the House of Representatives, serves on the House Intelligence Committee, which has been holding impeachment hearings throughout the past week.

"Do you think the hearings so far have been helpful or useful to the American people?" asked Firing Line host Margaret Hoover. "Has information come out that has been helpful?"

"I think ultimately if you hate the president, every piece of information you saw was an example of why you should impeach," Hurd said. "If you love the president, every piece of information you saw was an example of how he should be exonerated. I ultimately wanted to try to get to the truth. And I believe there are still more people that we should be able to talk to and a key person we have to talk to is ultimately Rudy Giuliani."

Hurd said it was important to talk to "everybody" and to find out "who the whistleblower spoke to before the whistle was blown."

"We need to hear from Rudy Giuliani, we need to hear from Mick Mulvaney, those were the first two that I would start out with," Hurd said. "I think Secretary Pompeo should come as well."

"I actually think we should hear from Hunter Biden," he continued. "I think we should hear from the whistleblower and we should be able to protect the whistleblower's anonymity."

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Representative Will Hurd, a Republican from Texas, questions witnesses during a House Intelligence Committee impeachment inquiry hearing on Capitol Hill November 21, 2019 in Washington, DC. Andrew Harrer-Pool/Getty

Hurd also expressed doubts about House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff's leadership.

"The articles and his report has already been written and that is what's going to ultimately get transmitted," Hurd said. "We're gonna see that happen."

Hurd also reemphasized the gravity of impeaching President Trump.

"We're not voting somebody off the island in season 12 of Survivor," Hurd said. "This is one of the most serious things a member of Congress can do."

"Do you think anyone in the House of Representatives has kept an open mind in this process?" Hoover asked.

"Yeah," Hurd replied. "I have. My goal has always been to understand the facts and I have not seen anything in the number of hearings that I have participated in the review and that includes the public hearings, the depositions that suggest that there's evidence."

"Are you waiting for hearings or have you decided already?" Hoover asked.

"I'll decide when we get to that actual vote," Hurd said. "I don't know that there are going to be more hearings. But the hearings that I've participated in to this point, I've not seen evidence to this point that confirms there was bribery or extortion."