President Donald Trump and Republican lawmakers on Oct. 4 criticized an offer from the lawyer representing the anonymous whistleblower who triggered the impeachment inquiry for the whistleblower to answer written questions from Republicans.
One of the lawyers representing the whistleblower—whose identity still hasnt been confirmed—said on Nov. 3 that the legal team “offered GOP [the] direct opportunity to ask written questions of [the] whistleblower.”
“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. Btw, countless OIG complaints are filed anonymously & full of hearsay. Its common,” Mark Zaid, the lawyer, wrote on Twitter.
“We offered HPSCI (and SSCI), both Majority & Minority, to have [the] whistleblower answer questions in writing, under oath & penalty of perjury. Obviously, per House rules GOP is beholden to [the] Dems. We, however, are not.”
Zaid said the offer was made to Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), a ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee. Questions seeking the identity of the whistleblower would not be answered, Zaid said.
President Donald Trump weighed in early on Oct. 4, writing on Twitter: “The Whistleblower gave false information & dealt with corrupt politician Schiff. He must be brought forward to testify. Written answers not acceptable! Where is the 2nd Whistleblower? He disappeared after I released the transcript. Does he even exist? Where is the informant? Con!”
Reps. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) and Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) also opposed the offer of written testimony.
“If the whistleblower has the guts to coordinate with Adam Schiff in a conspiracy to overthrow the duly elected President of the United States, then he or she should have the guts to answer questions in person,” Gosar said in a statement email to The Epoch Times.
“President Trump and his legal team have a right to directly address and question their accuser.”
Jordan said in a statement the day prior: “Written answers will not provide a sufficient opportunity to probe all the relevant facts and cross-examine the so-called whistleblower. You dont get to ignite an impeachment effort and never account for your actions and role in orchestrating it.
“We have serious questions about this individuals political bias and partisan motivations, and it seems Mark Zaid and Adam Schiff are attempting to hide these facts from public scrutiny. Last weeks testimony raised even more concerns about the anonymous whistleblower and our need to hear from them in person.”
Zaid responded, “We will protect [the] whistleblowers identity, not only for their own sake but also for all future whistleblowers.”
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