A report from The Wall Street Journal says that the lawyers for the CIA whistleblower who submitted a complaint against President Trump over the Ukraine phone have asked Congress whether their client could submit testimony in writing instead of appearing in person.
Fox News has confirmed the claim.
The request follows concerns about whether the whistleblower should testify to Democrats and Republicans without revealing his identity and fears that doing so will lead to it being leaked for political reasons. The lawyers allegedly fear for his personal safety.
The intelligence committee have not responded to the inquiry about the written testimony, according to Wall Street sources.
“Bringing someone up here [to Capitol Hill] is tough,” said one congressional source to Fox News.
The Spokeswoman for the House and Senate has not responded.
Democrats launched an impeachment inquiry after the whistleblower filed a complaint against President Trump from his summer call discussing Joe Biden and his son Hunter’s business in the Ukraine.
Reported by the Daily Beast, new potential whistleblowers are coming forward to the House Democrat impeachment inquiry, say two congressional sources.
Congressional investigators are looking into the accounts currently. It is unknown if the whistleblower accounts will go against the President or not.
“There are clearly numerous whistleblowers out there and many people who possess firsthand relevant information who could come forward, and I expect some will,” said attorney Mark Zaid, who represents the whistleblowers.
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. For that reason the identity of the whistleblower is irrelevant.”