Democratic lawmakers have heard days of testimony from a parade of senior government officials. But they have yet to hear from the whistleblower who sparked the probe of Trump's impeachment inquiry, Reuters reports.
However, 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.
It was reported that the government was providing security for the whistleblower.
At first, the negotiations focused on proposals that would allow the whistleblower to testify but away from Capitol Hill and with face and voice obscured, two of the sources said. But the whistleblower’s lawyers remained concerned that those precautions might not be enough to protect their client’s anonymity and guarantee his safety.
As we reported earlier, Fiona Hill, President Donald Trump's former top Russia adviser, is the latest witness summoned in the impeachment inquiry against the U.S. president over his request that Ukraine investigate a political rival.