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US whistleblower opens up to GOP as Trump keeps hunting for him

The US whistleblower whose complaint is at the heart of an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump has expressed willingness to answer written questions from House Republicans.

The anonymous whistleblower’s lawyer, Mark Zaid, said in a tweet on Sunday that his legal team was providing the opportunity for the GOP, who have previously complained about being sidelined from the process.

“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.”

The whistleblower’s complaint revealed that Trump was allegedly tying the Ukraine military aide to investigations aimed at finding dirt on his potential 2020 rival, former Vice President Joe Biden.

The president has ever since been trying to identify the unknown whistleblower in an attempt to undermine his testimony.

“The whistleblower gave a very inaccurate report about my phone call. My phone call was perfecto. It was totally appropriate. He gave a report — he or she, but according to the newspapers it’s a he,” Trump told reporters on Sunday, urging the media to find him/her. “They know who it is. You know who it is. You just don’t want to report it. CNN knows who it is, but you don’t want to report it. And you know, you would be doing the public a service if you did.”

Trump’s focus on identifying the whistleblower indicates his weak hand and putting up a defense against the allegation. According to Andrew Bakaj, an attorney representing the whistleblower.

“The fixation on exposing the whistleblower’s identity is simply because they’re at a loss as to how to address the investigations the underlying disclosure prompted,” Andrew Bakaj, an attorney representing the whistleblower, told The Hill in a statement.