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 TrumpHouse panel approves 0.5B defense policy bill House panel votes against curtailing Insurrection Act powers after heated debate House panel votes to constrain Afghan drawdown, ask for assessment on 'incentives' to attack US troops 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 NunesVoters must strongly reject the president's abuses by voting him out this November Sunday shows preview: With coronavirus cases surging, lawmakers and health officials weigh in Hillicon Valley: Democrats introduce bill banning federal government use of facial recognition tech | House lawmakers roll out legislation to establish national cyber director | Top federal IT official to step down 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 BidenBiden campaign raised M more than Trump in the month of June RNC, Trump campaign raised 1M in June Michigan shuts down most indoor bar service in bid to prevent virus resurgence MORE and Biden's son.

News of the whistleblower report prompted Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiHouse votes unanimously to extend deadline for coronavirus small-business loan program Overnight Defense: House panel votes to ban Confederate flag on all Pentagon property | DOD report says Russia working to speed US withdrawal from Afghanistan | 'Gang of Eight' to get briefing on bounties Thursday OVERNIGHT ENERGY: House approves .5T green infrastructure plan | Rubio looks to defense bill to block offshore drilling, but some fear it creates a loophole | DC-area lawmakers push for analysis before federal agencies can be relocated 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.