Whistle­blower will tes­tify ‘very soon’ as Trump wants to meet ac­cuser

55% of Amer­i­cans back im­peach­ment in­quiry into pres­i­dent: poll

The Korea Times - - WORLD -

WASH­ING­TON (AP) — House In­tel­li­gence Com­mit­tee Chair­man Adam Schiff said Sun­day that he ex­pects the whistle­blower at the heart of im­peach­ment pro­ceed­ings against Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump to tes­tify “very soon.”

“All that needs to be done, at this point, is to make sure that the at­tor­neys that rep­re­sent the whistle­blower get the clear­ances that they need to be able to ac­com­pany the whistle­blower to tes­ti­mony,” said Schiff, D-Calif., “and that we fig­ure out the lo­gis­tics to make sure that we pro­tect the iden­tity of the whistle­blower.”

As Democrats and the di­rec­tor of na­tional in­tel­li­gence worked out key ar­range­ments, Trump’s al­lies erupted in a surge of sec­ond-guess­ing and con­spir­acy the­o­riz­ing across the Sun­day talk shows, sug­gest­ing the White House strat­egy is un­clear against the stiffest chal­lenge to his pres­i­dency. One for­mer ad­viser urged Trump to con­front the cri­sis at hand and get past his fury over the probe of Rus­sian elec­tion in­ter­fer­ence.

“I hon­estly be­lieve this pres­i­dent has not got­ten his pound of flesh yet from past griev­ances on the 2016 in­ves­ti­ga­tion,” said Tom Bossert, Trump’s for­mer home­land se­cu­rity ad­viser. “If he con­tin­ues to fo­cus on that white whale,” Bossert added, “it’s go­ing to bring him down.”

The White House last week re­leased a rough tran­script of Trump’s July 25 call with Ukra­nian Pres­i­dent Volodymyr Ze­len­skiy, as well as the whistle­blower’s com­plaint al­leg­ing the U.S. pres­i­dent pres­sured his coun­ter­part to in­ves­ti­gate the fam­ily of Joe Bi­den, the for­mer vice pres­i­dent who is seek­ing the Demo­cratic nom­i­na­tion to chal­lenge Trump’s re­elec­tion next year.

In a se­ries of tweets Sun­day night, Trump said he de­served to meet “my ac­cuser” as well as who­ever pro­vided the whistle­blower with what the pres­i­dent called “largely in­cor­rect” in­for­ma­tion. He also ac­cused Democrats of “do­ing great harm to our Coun­try” in an ef­fort to desta­bi­lize the na­tion and the 2020 elec­tion.

Polls sug­gest pub­lic sup­port is grow­ing for the im­peach­ment in­quiry, with a new CBS sur­vey show­ing 55 per­cent of Amer­i­cans — and nine in 10 Democrats — ap­prove.

Trump has sought to im­pli­cate Bi­den and his son Hunter Bi­den in the kind of cor­rup­tion that has long plagued Ukraine. Hunter Bi­den served on the board of a Ukrainian gas com­pany at the same time his fa­ther was lead­ing the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion’s diplo­matic deal­ings with Kyiv. There has been no ev­i­dence of wrong­do­ing by ei­ther of the Bi­dens.

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