Whistleblower Attorney Says His Client Will Answer Republican Questions After All

The attorney of the anonymous whistleblower who raised flags about President Donald Trump's phone call and other dealings with Ukraine said Sunday his client will answer written questions from Republicans.

Attorney Mark Zaid, who represents the whistleblower, made the offer to Rep. Devin Nunes, the House Intelligence Committee's top Republican. Zaid made the surprise offer by going around Rep. Adam Schiff, the Democratic chairman of the committee.

Zaid tweeted his "non-partisan" intentions on Sunday.

"Being a whistleblower is not a partisan job nor is impeachment an objective. That is not our role," Zaid wrote. "So we have offered to @DevinNunes, Ranking HPSCI Member, opportunity for Minority to submit through legal team written questions to WBer. Qs cannot seek identifying info, regarding which we will not provide, or otherwise be inappropriate. We will ensure timely answers."


1/Our legal team offered GOP direct opportunity to ask written questions of #whistleblower.

Recent GOP messaging, led by President Trump (incl this morning), has been to highlight original #WBer & demand disclosure of identity.

— Mark S. Zaid (@MarkSZaidEsq) November 3, 2019

Zaid said the reason they wish to answer questions in writing is to maintain the anonymity of the whistleblower. Republicans from the House floor to the White House have sought to reveal the identity of the whistleblower, which Zaid said he intends to protect.

"Despite long standing policy of HPSCI to protect #whistleblowers, especially anonymity (btw, this was consistent with my efforts w/GOP on #Benghazi), GOP has sought to expose our client's identity which could jeopardize their safety, as well as that of their family," Zaid said.

"We have directly engaged GOP as to the irrelevance of the whistleblower's information and identity (including addressing any issue of bias), but with little effect in halting the attacks," Zaid continued. "Btw, countless OIG complaints are filed anonymously & full of hearsay. It's common."

Zaid added that the whistleblower would answer questions "in writing, under oath & penalty of perjury."

In September, Schiff said Trump and members of his administration illegally conspired with Russians, and that he had a whistleblower who would soon give testimony.

Schiff later said the whistleblower's testimony was not necessary, and reports later surfaced that Schiff had spoken with the whistleblower prior to the whistleblower filing their complaint.

Adam Schiff Devin Nunes
U.S. House Select Committee ranking member Devin Nunes (L) (R-CA) looks on with Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (R) (D-CA) as Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire testifies before the on Intelligence in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill September 26, 2019 in Washington, DC. The committee questioned Maguire about a recent whistleblower complaint reportedly based on President Donald Trump pressuring Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate leading Democrats as “a favor” during a recent phone conversation. Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images

Trump on Sunday said the whistleblower "must come forward."

Trump's July 25 phone call with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky is what the whistleblower's main complaint centered, in which they claimed Trump suggested the Ukrainians investigate Joe Biden's dealings with Ukraine, along with Hunter Biden, who is Joe's son.

Hunter Biden reportedly received sweet deals with the country while his father was either a powerful senator or the vice president of the United States.

Nunes' office, who received the offer from Zaid, did not respond to a request from the Associated Press. Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan, who's a member of the House Judiciary Committee and big critic of the impeachment process of Trump, said written answers won't be enough.

"You don't get to ignite an impeachment effort and never account for your actions and role in orchestrating it," Jordan said. "We have serious questions about this individual's political bias and partisan motivations and it seems Mark Zaid and Adam Schiff are attempting to hide these facts from public scrutiny. Last week's testimony raised even more concerns about the anonymous whistleblower and our need to hear from them, in person."

President Trump has called the impeachment a "hoax." Trump tweeted about the whistleblower on occasion Sunday, even after he said on TV the whistleblower's identity should be revealed.

"Reveal the Whistleblower and end the Impeachment Hoax!" Trump tweeted.

Trump reiterated his sentiments to White House reporters.

"They know who it is. You know who it is. You just don't want to report it," Trump said. "And you know you'd be doing the public a service if you did."