Democrats say whistleblower deposition no longer central to impeachment investigation: report

House Democrats say there is ample evidence to move forward in the impeachment inquiry without asking for testimony from the whistleblower, The Washington Post reported.

Several House Democrats said Thursday that obtaining testimony from the whistleblower, whose report started the impeachment inquiry, has become less of a priority as senior Trump administration officials have supplied enough information on Trump’s controversial interactions with Ukraine, according to the newspaper.  

“I think it’s quite clear we have a surfeit of evidence that corroborates in full every aspect of what happened and the policy they were pursuing,” Rep. Gerry ConnollyGerald (Gerry) Edward Connolly'Liberated' Pelosi bashes Trump — and woos Democratic base Trump's best week ever? Trump set to confront his impeachment foes MORE (D-Va.), who sits on the Oversight and Foreign Affairs committees, told the Post.

A person familiar with conversations between the whistleblower and the House investigators told the Post there are no current efforts to have the whistleblower testify.

The Hill reached out to House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffTop intelligence community lawyer leaving position Senate braces for fight over impeachment whistleblower testimony Democrats fear rule of law crumbling under Trump MORE's (D-Calif.) office for comment.

Republicans have long sought out the whistleblower’s identity, requesting he or she provide a public testimony to “fully assess the sources and credibility” of the person, a letter GOP members sent Wednesday said. The Post has only identified the whistleblower as a male CIA officer.

One of the whistleblower’s lawyers Mark Zaid told the Post their identity “is completely irrelevant as the complaint is now public and the primary actors at senior levels are being interviewed by members of the House from both political parties.”

The calls to interrogate the whistleblower align with the GOP intention to disparage the impeachment inquiry. President TrumpDonald John TrumpCensus Bureau spends millions on ad campaign to mitigate fears on excluded citizenship question Bloomberg campaign: Primary is two-way race with Sanders Democratic senator meets with Iranian foreign minister MORE himself has called for the whistleblower’s identification, saying, “I deserve to meet my accuser.”

GOP lawmakers have taken steps to speak out against the process of the impeachment inquiry this week, with House GOP lawmakers storming the room where testimony took place. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellErnst endorses bipartisan Grassley-Wyden bill to lower drug prices Senate braces for fight over impeachment whistleblower testimony Trump declares war on hardworking Americans with new budget request MORE (R-Ky.) and Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGraham warned Pentagon chief about consequences of Africa policy: report Senate braces for fight over impeachment whistleblower testimony US defense chief says Taliban deal 'looks very promising' but not without risk MORE (R-S.C.) also introduced a resolution denouncing how the House has run the inquiry.

The whistleblower’s report released in September prompted Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiThe Hill's Morning Report - Sanders on the rise as Nevada debate looms Lawmakers push back at Trump's Pentagon funding grab for wall Malaysia says it will choose 5G partners based on own standards, not US recommendations MORE (D-Calif.) to launch an impeachment inquiry. The report detailed a late July call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, in which Trump asked the president to investigate the alleged corruption of former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBloomberg campaign: Primary is two-way race with Sanders HuffPost reporter: Sanders could win plurality of delegates but lose nomination Meghan McCain to Joy Behar: 'You guys have done a piss-poor job of convincing me that I should vote for a Democrat' MORE and his son. As of now, there has been no evidence to back these corruption claims.