Whistleblower Offers To Answer Written Questions From Republicans

The whistleblower's offer would let House Republicans submit their questions directly.
Posted at 12:02 PM, Nov 04, 2019

The anonymous whistleblower who filed a complaint about President Donald Trump's interactions with Ukraine is willing to answer written questions submitted by House Republicans.

One of the whistleblower's attorneys tweeted about the offer they made to Rep. Devin Nunes to open up a direct line of communication. Nunes is the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee.

Those tweets say the whistleblower is willing to answer any questions submitted by Republicans as long as the inquiries don't ask for information about their identity. On top of that, the whistleblower's answers would be made "under oath & penalty of perjury."

Republican lawmakers have been criticizing the House Democrats' impeachment inquiry as secretive and ill-conceived. But it's unclear if they'll take up the whistleblower's offer. 

As of early Monday morning, Nunes hadn't responded yet. But Rep. Jim Jordan, the top Republican on the House Oversight Committee, has already said written answers from the whistleblower would not be sufficient. And House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy similarly told "Face the Nation" on CBS that the whistleblower needed to answer questions publicly before the House Intelligence Committee. 

Democrats have so far resisted calls to bring in the whistleblower to testify publicly on Capitol Hill, saying doing so could jeopardize their safety.

Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN.