Talks over whistleblower's Trump impeachment testimony hung up

CHICAGO ILLINOIS- OCTOBER 03 Rep. Adam Schiff delivers a lecture on The Threat to Liberal Democracy at Home and Abroad at Cahn Auditorium on the campus of Northwestern University

CHICAGO ILLINOIS- OCTOBER 03 Rep. Adam Schiff delivers a lecture on The Threat to Liberal Democracy at Home and Abroad at Cahn Auditorium on the campus of Northwestern University

Lawyers for the Central Intelligence Agency officer whose whistleblower complaint helped ignite an impeachment inquiry into President Trump have asked Congress whether their client could submit testimony in writing instead of appearing in person, according to people familiar with the matter.

Negotiators in the Democratic-led U.S. House of Representatives are open to the career intelligence officer making written testimony while negotiators in the Republican-majority Senate have resisted, said the sources. The lawyers allegedly fear for his personal safety.

"Bringing someone up here [to Capitol Hill] is tough", said one congressional source to Fox News. The sources say investigators are "vetting the new accounts they've received for credibility", but do not say what those accounts are.

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Democrats began the impeachment inquiry of Republican Trump on September 24 following the revelation that a whistleblower had lodged a complaint about a July 25 phone call in which Trump pressed Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to investigate former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, a leading Democratic contender for the right to face Trump in the November 2020 election.

Several potential whistleblowers have approached Congress following the controversy over President Donald Trump's phone call with the Ukrainian president, The Daily Beast reports. It is unknown if the whistleblower accounts will go against the President or not. He told the Daily Beast that it is clear there are "numerous whistleblowers out there and many people who possess firsthand relevant information who could come forward", before adding that he expects some such individuals will come forward now that the proverbial dam is breaking.

Earlier in the week, the same attorney's said, "The whistleblower is not the story". To date, virtually every substantive allegation has been confirmed by other sources.

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