Republican and Democratic lawmakers clashed on Tuesday over questions about the identity of the whistleblower whose complaint led to the impeachment investigation of President Donald Trump, Reuters reports.
The skirmish revealed a growing dispute between the two sides, as Republicans say they need to hear from the intelligence official who initially raised the alarm over Trump’s attempts to get Ukraine to investigate his political rivals in order to assess the whistleblower’s credibility.
Democrats say the whistleblower’s testimony is not needed at this point because it has been corroborated by other witnesses. Bringing him or her forward after repeated attacks by Trump would only put the whistleblower’s safety at risk, they said.
As we reported earlier, talks between lawyers for the whistleblower and representatives of the House of Representatives and Senate committees that want to question the intelligence official have all but deadlocked.
Whistleblower's lawyers have voiced concern about his safety and that testifying in-person could expose his identity. They have attributed some of that concern to statements by Trump, who called the inquiry a sham and has suggested that whistleblower committed treason.