Whistleblower would answer Republicans questions in impeachment inquiry: lawyer

A lawyer for the anonymous whistleblower whose complaint helped spark the impeachment inquiry into President TrumpDonald John TrumpLev Parnas implicates Rick Perry, says Giuliani had him pressure Ukraine to announce Biden probe Saudi Arabia paid 0 million for cost of US troops in area Parnas claims ex-Trump attorney visited him in jail, asked him to sacrifice himself for president MORE said Sunday that his client would answer written questions from House Republicans as part of the impeachment inquiry.

Mark Zaid posted on Twitter that his legal team has offered GOP lawmakers a chance to interrogate his client through writing as Republicans have pushed to make the whistleblower’s identity known. 

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He said he gave the offer to Rep. Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesDemocratic lawmaker says Nunes threatened to sue him over criticism Sunday shows preview: Lawmakers mull Trump's war power, next steps with Iran Soleimani killing deepens distrust between Trump, Democrats MORE (R-Calif.), the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, as he tries to protect the whistleblower’s identity from exposure, which he said “could jeopardize their safety, as well as that of their family.”

“So we have offered to @DevinNunes, Ranking HPSCI Member, opportunity for Minority to submit through legal team written questions to WBer,” he tweeted. “Qs cannot seek identifying info, regarding which we will not provide, or otherwise be inappropriate. We will ensure timely answers.”

Trump and the Republican Party have seized on the whistleblower's anonymity, saying it undermines their credibility in interpreting the controversial call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. In the call, Trump asked Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenLev Parnas implicates Rick Perry, says Giuliani had him pressure Ukraine to announce Biden probe Ex-Obama official on Sanders-Warren feud: 'I don't think it played out well for either of them' Parnas says he doesn't think that Joe Biden did anything wrong regarding Ukraine MORE and Biden's son.

News of the whistleblower report prompted Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOvernight Defense: GAO finds administration broke law by withholding Ukraine aid | Senate opens Trump trial | Pentagon to resume training Saudi students soon Hillicon Valley: FBI to now notify state officials of cyber breaches | Pelosi rips 'shameful' Facebook | 5G group beefs up lobby team | Spotify unveils playlists for pets Hill.TV's Saagar Enjeti on impeachment: 'CNN can see through this nonsense' MORE (D-Calif.) to launch the impeachment inquiry. House Democrats have said they don’t need the whistleblower’s testimony because other testimonies have supplied enough information for the investigation.