Mark Zaid, an attorney for the anonymous whistleblower whose allegations about President Donald Trump's dealings with Ukraine ignited the House impeachment inquiry into the President, said Sunday he offered to have Republican lawmakers submit questions to his client directly without having to go through the committee's Democratic majority.
Mark Zaid wrote in a series of tweets that he reached out to GOP Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif), the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, to tell him GOPers could contact the whistleblower through the legal team and bypass the Democratic head of the panel, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.).
Later outside the White House, Trump called the whistleblower an "Obama guy" and a fraud and said, "The whistleblower should be revealed". "That is not our role". Lawmakers are especially interested in questioning him about a July 25 phone call in which Trump asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to investigate Trump's political rival Joe Biden, a former vice president.
Several top Democrats, including Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY, have voiced concern that Trump might seek to shut down the government to divert public attention from the impeachment battle.
"Look, if I believed everything the Democrats are saying I would still say this isn't an impeachable offense", said Oklahoma Republican Rep. Tom Cole on NBC's "Meet the Press".
"If Shifty Adam Schiff, who is a corrupt politician who fraudulently made up what I said on the "call", is allowed to release transcripts of the Never Trumpers & others that are & were interviewed, he will change the words", Trump claimed Sunday night.
"If we want to understand fully what happened, then talking to that individual, talking to their lawyers -when they started to guide their interactions, who they interacted with - may be more expansive than what we know", Burr said.
The building political clash - dramatically fuelled by the House of Representatives' impeachment inquiry into Trump - appears to virtually guarantee another year of sharp division in a nation long tired of such drama.
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"It makes it safer in the mornings for kids and adults going to school and work", said Shawn Broderick, a Cottage Grove resident. That would mean an extra hour of daylight in the evening, but could potentially see sunrises at around 9 a.m.
Zaid said the reason they wish to answer questions in writing is to maintain the anonymity of the whistleblower. In addition to his usual morning and night binges amounting to up to eight hours of TV a day, Politico reports that Trump has been tuning into Fox News, Fox Business, CNN, and MSNBC on his way out of the Oval Office. "My phone call was perfecto".
"The whistleblower should be revealed", Trump told reporters Sunday.
On CBS's Face the Nation, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., suggested written testimony would not satisfy Republicans.
Nunes' office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
"So, you know, it's a whole scam".
The details in the complaint have largely been confirmed by other officials during closed testimony.
"We need an openness that people understand this", he added. "And you'd be doing the public a service if you did". "We have not made any decisions on if the president will be impeached". Now, Trump is demanding that his allies defend his actions, insisting that he did nothing wrong while arguing that quid pro quos like the one allegedly offered Ukraine are common occurrences while leveraging power in conducting foreign policy.