Whistleblower's lawyer makes Republicans an offer

This new offer would be a direct channel of communication with the Republicans
12:48, 4 November 2019


An attorney for the anonymous whistleblower offered to have Republican lawmakers submit questions to his client directly without having to go through the committee's Democratic majority, CNN reports.

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.
The attorney, Mark Zaid, said that this offer underscores his client's desire to ensure his complaint is handled in a nonpartisan way.
"Being a whistleblower is not a partisan job nor is impeachment an objective. That is not our role," Zaid tweeted, adding that they "stand ready to cooperate and ensure facts - rather than partisanship - dictates any process involving" his client.
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.

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