It’s never enough: Republicans criticize whistleblower offer to take written questions under oath

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It doesn’t matter how much leverage GOP lawmakers manage to get in the impeachment process, they will never, ever be happy. The latest effort to appease disgruntled Republicans came this weekend from lawyers of the whistleblower, who offered to have their client answer written questions under oath from House GOP lawmakers exclusively, bypassing House Democrats in the process. The only stipulation was that the questions could not seek to obtain information that would help Republicans learn the identity of the whistleblower.

“We will ensure timely answers,” tweeted whistleblower attorney Mark Zaid. “We stand ready to cooperate and ensure facts – rather than partisanship – dictates any process involving the #whistleblower.”

Donald Trump and his GOP counterparts have been desperately trying to unmask the whistleblower, whom they have maligned as traitorous, ill-informed, and “an arm of the Democratic party.” (Just to be clear, no one knows the party of affiliation of the whistleblower because no one even knows that person’s identity.)

As soon as the offer was revealed on CBS’ Face the Nation, GOP Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy went on the program to say it wasn’t good enough. “I think that the whistleblower should come forward in an open hearing,” McCarthy said. “He needs to answer the questions. We need an openness that people understand this.” McCarthy also attacked the impeachment proceedings’ lack of transparency despite the fact that Democrats took an on-the-record vote Thursday formally detailing the inquiry’s process moving forward.

Later on Sunday, Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan also dismissed the offer as insufficient. “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. The ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Devin Nunes, has failed to formally respond to the offer thus far.

But any effort to accommodate House Republicans is futile.

For weeks, they complained that the inquiry wasn’t open and transparent enough. Then when Democrats formally laid out the terms in writing, provided Republicans with the opportunity to call and subpoena witnesses, and gave Trump’s lawyers a chance to question witnesses at the eventual presentation of evidence, not a single Republican voted for the resolution.

And now that they have the chance to ask questions of the whistleblower without even going through Democratic channels, that’s also insufficient.

House Republicans are never going to stop attacking the process because that is quite simply their only line of defense. The facts aren’t on their side.

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Mary
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Mary

No Problem, Let the Republicans pick 5 key members, to questions the whistleblowers under the following restriction;

If the identities of the whistle-blowers should leak out, all 5 members and Mitch McConnell should go to jail for 20 years for endangering the welfare of brave and honest government servants in the name of political retribution.

If you want to face them that bad, and your intent isn’t malign, you should have no problem guaranteeing their safety and anonymity. If you cannot do that much, then you relinquish the right to know who they are. Quick.. pick!

Debra
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Debra

tRump chose to answer written questions about the Russia report. Most of his answers were “I don’t recall”. Rethuglicans think they are so entitled. I am so sick of all their hypocritical bull shit.

chris whitley
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chris whitley

Yeah and he still managed to lie according to the people that ran the questions.

Rutokin
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Rutokin

They only want an identity so that they can ridicule and condemn that person, the written testimony should satisfy them it was good enough for their douchebag chosen one

chris whitley
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chris whitley

Yeah so trumps very strong people will know who he is. Look at the nuts that follow this idiot and the crimes they have committed.

Independent
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Independent

All about delay