Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) agreed with Rep. Sean Maloney's (D-N.Y.) call for the State Department to comply with the House impeachment inquiry's subpoena on ABC's "This Week," but only if Democrats agree to bring in the whistleblower to testify.

The exchange:

MALONEY: Chris, will you join me in calling on the State Department to produce the mountain of evidence. Emails, notes, call records, calendar entries. They could produce that tomorrow. Our committee has subpoenaed them. Will you join me in calling on the State Department to produce the evidence?
STEWART: You bet. I don't think there's anything there that is going to implicate the president. If, Sean, you will join with me in calling to hear from the whistleblower. We can protect his anonymity. We can protect him. How in the world can you impeach the president of the United States and never hear from the person who started that process? We know he was deeply involved in this. How can you say that we don't need to hear from him?

Why it matters: One of the core impeachment defenses used by President Trump and his Republican allies has been that none of the witnesses who have testified thus far have firsthand evidence corroborating the allegations. However, as Maloney pointed out, the Trump administration has defied subpoenas for records and refused to allow officials who discussed Ukraine directly with the president to testify.

  • On Stewart's call for the whistleblower to testify, Maloney countered that President Trump has accused them of treason, and that the law requires the government to protect whistleblowers from retaliation.

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Harris: "Women are going to be a priority" in Biden administration

Sen. Kamala Harris at an event in Wilmington, Del. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

In her first sit-down interview since being named Joe Biden's running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris talked about what she'll do to fight for women if elected VP, and how the Democrats are thinking about voter turnout strategies ahead of November.

What they're saying: "In a Biden-Harris administration women are going to be a priority, understanding that women have many priorities and all of them must be acknowledged," Harris told The 19th*'s Errin Haines-Whack.

Facebook goes after Apple

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Facebook is seeking to force a face-off with Apple over its 30% in-app purchase commission fee, which Facebook suggests hurts small businesses struggling to get by during the pandemic.

The big picture: Facebook has never publicly gone after Apple, a key strategic partner, this aggressively. Both companies face antitrust scrutiny, which in Apple's case has centered on the very fee structure Facebook is now attacking.