Whistleblower to answer questions amid pressure
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.