The what seems to be everlasting whistleblower complaint, that has sparked House Democrats to file an impeachment inquiry against President Trump, still hasn't produced an identity for the instigator, who refuses to reveal himself.
House Oversight Committee ranking member Jim Jordan and whistleblower attorney Mark Zaid traded some punches Sunday on the whistleblower’s actions:
“… written answers will not provide a sufficient opportunity to probe all the relevant facts and cross examine the so-called whistleblower. You don’t get to ignite an impeachment effort and never account for your actions and role in orchestrating it,” Jordan said in a statement, to which Zaid responded saying those words are a “deliberate deflection.”
An offer was made to Republicans to submit any questions they have for the whistleblower and receive written answers “under oath & penalty of perjury,” which was rejected by Jordan, however, top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee Devin Nunes’ response is still unknown.
While the whistleblower complaint and the following impeachment inquiry seemed to spell huge trouble for Trump at first, so far nothing has come of them. People with firsthand knowledge of the main topic at hand, a phone call between President Trump and Ukrainian President Zelensky, corroborated major inconsistencies shown in the testimonies and the transcript of the conversation released by the Trump administration.
Political bias is also a key factor in this, as it was found out that the whistleblower is, in fact, a registered Democrat, who “has come into contact with presidential candidates from both parties.” Previously, his attorneys have denied all allegations of bias and continue to hold onto the same words, saying that the only reason Republicans wish to know the whistleblower’s identity is “simply because they’re at a loss as to how to address the investigations the underlying disclosure prompted,” as said by Andrew Bakaj, one of the whistleblower’s lawyers.
Stressing how important it is to protect the whistleblower’s anonymity and his safety, as well as his family's, is what the attorney team have said they are focusing on, with the anonymity part being something Republicans are not quite sure about:
“When you’re talking about the removal of the president of the United States, undoing democracy, undoing what the American public had voted for, I think that individual should come before the committee,” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said on CBS News’ “Face the Nation.”
An all-too fitting program to make this statement, as it perfectly describes what Republicans want the whistleblower’s next action to be – namely to face the nation and state his case.