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Whistleblower willing to take written questions from House Republicans

A lawyer for the whistleblower who raised alarms about US President Donald Trump s dealings with Ukraine said Sunday his client is willing to answer written questions submitted by House Republicans. The surprise offer, made to Rep. Devin Nunes, the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, would allow Republicans to ask questions of the whistleblower, who spurred the Democratic-led impeachment inquiry, without having to go through the committee s chairman, Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif. Attorney Mark Zaid tweeted that the whistleblower would answer questions directly from Republican members in writing, under oath penalty of perjury, part of a bid to stem escalating efforts by Trump and his GOP allies to unmask the person s identity. Only queries seeking the person s identity won t be answered, he said. Being a whistleblower is not a partisan job nor is impeachment an objective. That is not our role, Zaid tweeted. So we have offered to @DevinNunes. We will ensure timely answers, he said. Nunes office did not have immediate comment. Rep. Jim Jordan, an Ohio Republican and member of the House Judiciary Committee who has been highly critical of the impeachment process, said in a statement that written answers wouldn t be sufficient to probe and cross-examine the whistleblower. You don t get to ignite an impeachment effort and never account for your actions and role in orchestrating it, Jordan said. We have serious questions ab

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