The Whistleblower Has Struck a Deal: Schiff

Rudy Giuliani also appeared on 'This Week'
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 29, 2019 11:45 AM CDT
The Whistleblower Has Struck a Deal: Schiff
Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., talks to the media after Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire testified before the House Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019.   (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

(Newser) – Rep. Adam Schiff made it official Sunday, saying the whistleblower behind the explosive Ukraine complaint that triggered an impeachment inquiry has agreed to testify before Congress. Appearing on ABC News' This Week, the House Intelligence Committee chairman said it will happen "very soon" once precautions are established to protect the whistleblower's identity—especially after President Trump suggested Thursday the whistleblower was a traitor who should be punished, USA Today reports. "We are taking all the precautions we can," said Schiff, so Congress members can allow the "testimony to go forward in a way that protects the whistleblower's identity."

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"We'll get the unfiltered testimony of that whistleblower," Schiff added, per the Wall Street Journal. Rudy Giuliani also appeared on This Week and lashed out at Schiff's impeachment inquiry, per ABC News. "This is not about getting Joe Biden in trouble," Giuliani said, referring to the accusation that Biden interfered in a Ukrainian investigation of the natural gas company where Biden's son, Hunter, sat on the board. "This is about proving that Donald Trump was framed by the Democrats." Giuliani, Trump's personal lawyer, initially said he wouldn't cooperate with Schiff's probe, but reconsidered: "I have to be guided by my client," he said. "Frankly, it's his privilege, not mine. If he decides he wants me to testify I will testify." (For the lighter side of politics, SNL is gleefully back.)

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