Whistleblower Offers to Take Written Questions from Republicans

Whistleblower Offers to Take Written Questions from Republicans November 7, 2019

Despite Republican zeal to unmask their identity and put them and their family in danger, the CIA agent who filed the whistleblower complaint that has caused so much trouble for Trump has offered to answer written questions from Republican lawmakers without Democratic interference or questioning of the questions.

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Mark Zaid, an attorney for the anonymous whistleblower whose allegations about President Donald Trump’s dealings with Ukraine ignited the House impeachment inquiry into the President, said Sunday he offered to have Republican lawmakers submit questions to his client directly without having to go through the committee’s Democratic majority.

The whistleblower previously offered to answer lawmakers’ questions under oath and in writing if they were submitted by the House Intelligence Committee as a whole. This new offer would be a direct channel of communication with the Republicans who are in the minority on that committee. Republican leadership has complained that the process is unfair and overly restrictive on their ability to question witnesses…

“Despite long standing policy of HPSCI to protect #whistleblowers, especially anonymity (btw, this was consistent with my efforts w/GOP on #Benghazi), GOP has sought to expose our client’s identity which could jeopardize their safety, as well as that of their family,” Zaid tweeted Sunday morning.

The lawyer continued: “We have offered to @DevinNunes, Ranking HPSCI Member, opportunity for Minority to submit through legal team written questions to WBer. Qs cannot seek identifying info, regarding which we will not provide, or otherwise be inappropriate. We will ensure timely answers. We stand ready to cooperate and ensure facts – rather than partisanship – dictates any process involving the #whistleblower.”

Given their clear attempts to violate their anonymity and cause them harm (their attorneys have already received multiple death threats), I’d say that’s pretty magnanimous of the whistleblower. The Republicans certainly don’t deserve it.

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