Republicans Push For Whistleblower’s Identity In Impeachment Inquiry
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Republicans Push For Whistleblower’s Identity In Impeachment Inquiry

Mark Hosenball |
October 29, 2019

Republicans argue they need to hear from the intelligence official who first raised alarm over Trump’s call with the Ukrainian president to assess their credibility.


WASHINGTON, Oct 29 (Reuters) - Republican and Democratic lawmakers clashed on Tuesday over questions about the identity of the whistleblower whose complaint led to the impeachment investigation of President Donald Trump.

The skirmish revealed a growing dispute between the two sides, as Republicans say they need to hear from the intelligence official who initially raised the alarm over Trump’s attempts to get Ukraine to investigate his political rivals in order to assess the whistleblower’s credibility.

Democrats say the whistleblower’s testimony is not needed at this point because it has been corroborated by other witnesses. Bringing him or her forward after repeated attacks by Trump would only put the whistleblower’s safety at risk, they said.

“We have a long-standing concern that the president and his allies in Congress aren’t interested in the underlying act but are interested in risking the life of the whistleblower,” Representative Eric Swalwell told reporters.

Government personnel have been assigned to protect the whistleblower, according to sources familiar with the matter, after Trump has attacked the whistleblower and conservative news outlets and social-media activists speculated about the individual’s identity.

Credit by - The Texas tribune

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