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Whistleblower's lawyers say negotiations over testimony ongoing

Whistleblower's lawyers say negotiations over testimony ongoing
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Attorneys representing the whistleblower at the center of the Ukraine controversy surrounding President TrumpDonald John TrumpNearly 300 former national security officials sign Biden endorsement letter DC correspondent on the death of Michael Reinoehl: 'The folks I know in law enforcement are extremely angry about it' Late night hosts targeted Trump over Biden 97 percent of the time in September: study MORE say negotiations over whether the individual will testify on Capitol Hill remain ongoing. 

“We continue to work with both parties in the House and Senate and we understand and agree that protecting the whistleblower’s identity is paramount,” the Compass Rose Legal Group said in a statement late Sunday.

“While discussions continue to occur to coordinate and finalize logistics, no date/time has yet been set,” they added. 

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The statement came hours after Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffHillicon Valley: DOJ accuses Russian hackers of targeting 2018 Olympics, French elections | Federal commission issues recommendations for securing critical tech against Chinese threats | House Democrats slam FCC over 'blatant attempt to help' Trump Federal commission issues recommendations for securing critical tech against Chinese threats Ratcliffe, Schiff battle over Biden emails, politicized intelligence MORE (D-Calif.), the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said that an agreement had been reached for the whistleblower to testify before Congress.

During an appearance on NBC's "Meet the Press,” the California Democrat said that “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.” 

Schiff's committee last week released the whistleblower's complaint, which alleges that Trump “sought to pressure” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky “to take actions to help the President’s 2020 reelection bid” during a July 25 phone call.

The whistleblower, whose identity has not been released, went on to allege that multiple government officials said the president was "using the power of his office to solicit interference from a foreign government in the 2020 U.S. election” when he allegedly pressed Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenNearly 300 former national security officials sign Biden endorsement letter Trump narrows Biden's lead in Pennsylvania: poll Florida breaks first-day early voting record with 350K ballots cast MORE, who is a Democratic presidential contender. 

"The President's personal lawyer, Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiRatcliffe, Schiff battle over Biden emails, politicized intelligence Hunter Biden's laptop: A Russian trick, a hack-job — or just what it looks like? Juan Williams: Trump's search for dirt falls flat MORE, is a central figure in this effort. Attorney General [William] Barr also appears to be involved as well," the complaint also stated.

House Democrats launched a formal impeachment inquiry against the president last week amid the revelations.

When pressed on Sunday about the idea of having Giuliani testify before Congress over the complaint, Schiff said, “I don't want to commit myself to that at this point.”

"We certainly have to do a lot of work to see what Giuliani has been doing in Ukraine,” he said, adding, "Whether it will be productive to bring him in, we will make that decision down the road."

Giuliani said during a separate interview that he would testify if Trump directs him to.