Mark Zaid, the lawyer representing the unidentified whistleblower who raised warnings about President Trump’s engagement with Ukraine back in September, announced Sunday his client is ready to answer only written questions from the House Republicans.
Although Sunday evening, House Oversight Committee member Jim Jordan denied the offer from the whistleblower’s attorney, stating.” Written answers will not provide a sufficient opportunity to probe all the relevant facts and cross-examine the so-called whistleblower.”
His attorney’s response to Jordan’s answer was a “deliberate deflection.”
The surprise proposal, made to Republican Devin Nunes, of the House Intelligence Committee, would permit Republicans to question the whistleblower.
“Obviously, per House rules, GOP is beholden to DEMs.” Zaid tweeted Sunday. “We, however, are not.”
Zaid, a major Trump critic, in the reassurance that the whistleblower will answer questions straight from the Republican party “in writing, under oath & penalty of perjury” part of a proposition to raise escalating attempts by Trump and his GOP allies to reveal the whistleblower’s identity.
Inquiries attempting into “identifying info” of the whistleblower will not be answered, he continued.
“We will guarantee timely responses,” Zaid wrote. “We stand ready to cooperate and ensure facts rather than partisanship – dictates any process involving the #whistleblower.”
When questioned if the opposing party had responded to the offer, Zaid said that there was “no substantive response.”
Back in September, Schiff urged unsupported and uncorroborated allegations that the Trump team had colluded illegally with Russians, promised testimony from the whistleblower “very soon.” Yet, in recent weeks, he’s switched courses numerous times and has suggested the statement was unnecessary. Since then, it appeared that Schiff’s committee conversed with the whistleblower even before the whistleblower’s complaint was ever filed, opposite to Schiff’s prior claims.
Trump has required repeatedly the deliverance of the whistleblower’s name, sending a tweet out on Sunday that the anonymous person “must come forward.” The whistleblower released information regarding Trump’s phone call back on July 25 with the Ukrainian President, in which he implied Zelensky would review Joe and Hunter Biden’s reasoning over there. Biden’s son routinely obtained profitable roles both domestically and overseas, with little to no relevant experience, while Joe Biden himself was a powerful senator and, later, vice president.
Sunday night, Trump urged the news media to disclose the whistleblower’s name, attesting that the person’s releasing the information is incorrect. The whistleblower’s accusations have been created in part by people who hold firsthand information of the circumstances which have been on Capitol Hill, but supposedly essential inconsistencies have also surfaced.
For one, the accusation indicated that the President made a “specific request that the Ukrainian leader locate and turn over servers used by the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and examined by the U.S. cybersecurity firm CrowdStrike.” A request that does not appear to be shown in the released declassified transcript of the phone call.
“They know who it is. You know who it is. You just don’t want to report it,” President Trump said to reporters outside the White House. “You know you’d be doing the public a service if you did.”
Additionally, earlier last month in October, the whistleblower informed the Intelligence Community Inspector General that inclination toward the President might be claimed against him or her for a third, beforehand, unreported reason. What we know that has previously been reported is the whistleblower is a registered Democrat and has a work history with a fellow senior Democrat. Still, the third likely sign of bias remains unsaid.
“When you’re talking about the removal of the president of the United States, undoing democracy, undoing what the American public had voted for, I think that individual should come before the committee,” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy declared.
Thursday night following the resolution vote, Schiff said that he suspects to begin publicly releasing transcripts from the closed-door testimonies as early as next week.
Schiff’s remarks occurred while making an appearance on MSNBC. He confirmed that the resolution was passed by the full House earlier Thursday morning, which allows him to publish the transcripts of the impeachment investigation.
However, it’s next week Schiff, and we have yet to see any public releases showing of the investigation transcripts, so here we are four days following the resolution, and back to square one, it seems.