House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) called Republican efforts to have the whistleblower testify in the impeachment inquiry “despicable.”
Hoyer, the No. 2 Democrat in the House, and other Democrats are united around keeping the whistleblowers identity shielded, an idea some Republicans have supported as well.
But others have called for the person who filed a complaint against President Donald Trump to either be identified or at least go before Congress to testify behind closed doors.
“There is no need for this whistleblower, period,” Hoyer told reporters on Wednesday, reported The Hill. “And every time Republicans continue to harp on the whistleblower is simply and solely and clearly an attempt to not only intimidate this whistleblower, but to intimidate others from coming forward. I think its despicable.”
Trump has repeatedly said he wants to know the whistleblowers identity and Republicans motioned on Wednesday to have the whistleblower testify to Congress.
Focus also shifted, in part, to one of the attorneys representing the whistleblower. Mark Zaid in 2017 called for a “coup” against Trump in missives on Twitter unearthed recently.