Whistleblower in Trump impeachment inquiry willing to answer GOPs written questions, lawyer says

Whistleblower in Trump impeachment inquiry willing to answer GOPs written questions, lawyer says

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Whistleblower in Trump impeachment inquiry willing to answer GOPs written questions, lawyer says Trump and his Republican supporters in Congress have insisted that the impeachment processáhas been unfair. One of their primary complaints has beenáthe whistleblowers anonymity, along with the closed door testimony and the inability ofáTrumps attorneysáto cross examine witnesses.á Zaid decried Republican efforts to identify his client that “could jeopardize their safety, as well as that of their family.”á The latest: “We have directly engaged GOP as to the irrelevance of the whistleblowers information and identity including addressing any issue of bias , but with little effect in halting the attacks,” .á The presidentáis accused of using military aid as leverage to pressure Ukraine into investigating former Vice President Joe Biden, a leading candidate in the Democratic presidential primary. The whistleblower had been told that Trump had spelled out his demands in a July 25 phone call with Ukrainian PresidentáVolodymyr Zelensky.á Trump has asserted that a rough transcript of the call shows that it was “perfect” and that thereáwas no “quid pro quo” tying the aid to the investigations. But Democrats have said the call did exactly that, and other witnesses have appeared to corroborate the whistleblowers allegations.á “The Whistleblower got it sooo wrong that HE must come forward,” Trump tweeted Sunday. He also said the news media was helping to protect his or her identity “because there would be hell to pay.”á “Reveal the Whistleblower and end the Impeachment Hoax!” he demanded.á Horrific and chilling: “The Fake News Media is working hard so that information about the Whistleblowers identity, which may be very bad for them and their Democrat partners, never reaches the Public,” he tweeted, without revealing how or why he thought the information would be damaging.á In September, Trump whoáheásuggested should be punished for treason, generating outrage among whistleblower advocates who argue that anonymity and other protections are crucial to encouraging people to come forward.á Schiff had considered having the whistleblower testify from a secret location and with a disguised voice, but he said he decided against it because of Trumps attacks.á “Much of what has been disclosed since the release of our clients complaint actually exceeds the whistleblowers knowledge of what transpired at the time the complaint was submitted,” Zaid said in a Washington Post op ed, co written with attorney Andrew Bakaj. “Because our client has no additional information about the presidents call, there is no justification for exposing their identity and all the risks that would follow.”á Appearing on CBS News “Face the Nation” on Sunday,áHouse Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said that he hadnt heard about Zaids offer but that he felt the whistleblower must do more than answer written questions.á “What Im open to, when youre talking about the removal of the president of the United States, undoing democracy, undoing what the American public had voted for, I think that individual should come before the committee,” he said.á McCarthy also said Schiff and his staff should be called to testify because “he is the only person who knows who this whistleblower is.”á Following McCarthy on “Face the Nation,” House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D Md., said there was no need for the whistleblower to testify because the concerns outlined in the complaint were supported by other testimony.á “The problem that Kevin has, and the Republicans have, is witness after witness after witness says, Yes, I was there, I listened. Those are the facts,” Hoyer said.á “You wouldnt call the whistleblower. What you call is the people who were actually there, which is what Adam Schiff has done acting as an investigator,” he said.á Hoyer would not commit to a timeline forápublic hearings, saying they would begin “when Adam Schiff has determined that he is through what he needs to have, in terms of testimony and evidence.”á Rep. Jackie Speier, D Calif., said she expected the depositionsáfrom the interviews conducted so far to be made public by the end of the week, though she said that might not all be released on the same day.á “Theyre going to be very telling to the American people. Theres no question now whether there was a quid pro quo,” she said.á

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