According to the lawyer, the written form of questions will allow keeping the informant's personality confident.
"Our job, however, is to protect the anonymity of the whistleblower and the integrity of a process that protects our Constitution and democracy. If Republicans are not interested in that, so be it," Zaid twitted.
Zaid said on Monday that his client still is only willing to answer Congressional questions in the written form, but Congressional Republicans now have been offered an opportunity to send the whistleblower written questions directly - instead of having to do so through the majority of the Democrats who control the House committees.
News of the offer came as Trump called on the whistleblower to come forward, in a stark departure from norms in such cases.
“The Whistleblower got it sooo wrong that HE must come forward,” Trump said in a Sunday morning Twitter post.
Congressman Jordan’s statement highlights his misunderstanding of fed WBer laws & protections. Notwithstanding WBer's offer to rise above partisanship, he responds w/deliberate deflection & disinformation. https://t.co/uwkGn6C8Ao— Mark S. Zaid (@MarkSZaidEsq) November 4, 2019