Senate Intel chair: Whistleblower hasn't agreed to testify before panel

Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard BurrRichard Mauze BurrSenate GOP opens door to smaller coronavirus deal as talks lag Hillicon Valley: Google extending remote work policy through July 2021 | Intel community returns final Russia report to Senate committee after declassification | Study finds election officials vulnerable to cyberattacks Intel community returns final Russia report volume to Senate after declassification review MORE (R-N.C.) on Wednesday told reporters that a whistleblower at the center of the House impeachment inquiry hasn't yet agreed to meet with his Senate panel.

Asked if his panel would look into the content of the whistleblower's complaint — which is focused on President TrumpDonald John TrumpMark Kelly clinches Democratic Senate nod in Arizona Trump camp considering White House South Lawn for convention speech: reports Longtime Rep. Lacy Clay defeated in Missouri Democratic primary MORE's attempts to get the Ukraine government to investigate the Bidens — Burr said he first had to "go through the process of the whistleblower complaint."  


"I don't know," he added, asked how long that would take. "Tell me when I'm going to get access to a whistleblower who has not made themselves available." 

Pressed if the whistleblower was refusing to testify, Burr added that the individual "hasn't agreed to yet."

Burr said that he had "no idea" what was delaying getting an interview with the whistleblower. Asked what he was being told, Burr added that "they're not interested."

An attorney for the whistleblower didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

The Senate Intelligence Committee began its own closed-door investigation last month into the whistleblower complaint that is driving the House Democrats' impeachment inquiry. 

Members said before the two-week recess that they wanted to meet with the whistleblower, and Burr said on Wednesday that they had reached out. 

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffSchiff, Khanna call for free masks for all Americans in coronavirus aid package House Intelligence panel opens probe into DHS's involvement in response to protests Democrats exit briefing saying they fear elections under foreign threat MORE (D-Calif.) on Sunday said that testimony from the intelligence community whistleblower may no longer be necessary

"Given that we already have the call record, we don't need the whistleblower who wasn't on the call to tell us what took place during the call," he told Margaret Brennan during an interview on CBS's "Face the Nation."

Trump knocked Schiff on Monday and argued that the whistleblower must testify.  

“Adam Schiff now doesn’t seem to want the Whistleblower to testify. NO! Must testify to explain why he got my Ukraine conversation sooo wrong, not even close. Did Schiff tell him to do that? We must determine the Whistleblower’s identity to determine WHY this was done to the USA,” Trump tweeted.