Whistle­blower to answer ques­tions amid pres­sure

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THE whistle­blower who raised the alarm about US pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s deal­ings with Ukraine and sparked a Demo­cratic-led im­peach­ment in­ves­ti­ga­tion is will­ing to answer writ­ten ques­tions sub­mit­ted by Repub­li­cans in US con­gress.

The of­fer made by the per­son’s lawyer was aimed in part at putting a stop to es­ca­lat­ing at­tacks by Trump and his al­lies who are de­mand­ing the whistle­blower’s iden­tity be re­vealed.

The move would al­low Repub­li­cans to ask ques­tions of the whistle­blower with­out hav­ing to go through the com­mit­tee’s Demo­crat chair­man.

He would answer ques­tions di­rectly from Repub­li­can mem­bers “in writ­ing, un­der oath and penalty of per­jury”.

The whistle­blower raised con­cerns about Trump’s July 25 call with Ukrainian pres­i­dent Volodymyr Ze­len­skiy, in which the US leader pressed his coun­ter­part to in­ves­ti­gate his po­lit­i­cal ri­vals.

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