Trump whistleblower willing to answer GOP questions: Report

MAKE IT ANY LESS UNFAIR OR PARTISAN ERIC: ACCORDING TO CBS NEWS, THE LAWYER FOR THE WHISTLEBLOWER SAID THE WHISTLEBLOWER IS WILLING TO ANSWER REPUBLICANS’ WRITTEN QUESTIONS IN THIS IMPEACHMENT PROBE, BUT IT’S NOT CLEAR IF THAT WILL BE NEEDED OR WHAT’LL HAPPEN WITH THE WHISTLEBLOWER

FORMER JUSTICE DEPARTMENT COUNSEL, FORMER SENATE FOREIGN RELATIONS COMMITTEE CHIEF CHAMPION AND SENIOR ADVISER CAN SHED SOME LIGHT ON THIS THE REPORTS ARE SAYING THE DEMOCRATS MAY NOT HAVE TO RELY ON THE WHISTLEBLOWER AFTER ALL, THEY HAVE THE PHONE CALL, THEY HAVE THE WHISTLEBLOWER’S COMPLAINT WHAT DO YOU THINK REPUBLICANS ARE GOING TO DO? WHAT ARE THEY GOING TO WANT TO KNOW ABOUT FROM THIS PERSON, AND WHAT DO YOU EXPECT THEY WILL ZERO IN ON? >> WELL, LOOK, PART OF WHAT THEY’RE CONCERNED ABOUT ARE THESE REPORTS THAT THE WHISTLEBLOWER HAS TIED TO THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY, WAS A PARTISAN POLITICAL OPERATIVE POTENTIALLY EVEN OR AT LEAST WORKED CLOSELY WITH THE DNC AND THE BIDENS PRIOR TO BECOMING A WHISTLEBLOWER NOW, WHETHER THAT HAS ANY MERIT OR NOT, WE’LL FIND OUT

BUT THAT’S, I THINK, AT THE HEART OF WHAT REPUBLICANS WILL TRY TO FLUSH OUT WAS THERE A PARTISAN MOTIVE IN HIS OR HER ACTIVITIES ALSO ERIC: SO BASICALLY, THEY WILL QUESTION THIS PERSON’S MOTIVE, DO YOU THINK? >> I THINK THAT’S PARKING LOT OF IT I — PART OF IT THE QUESTION IS WHY WAS THIS PERSON WHISTLE BLOWING ON THIS ISSUE WHEN THEY DIDN’T HAVE DIRECT KNOWLEDGE? OBVIOUSLY, THERE WERE A LOT OF PEOPLE, AS WE’VE LEARNED, ON THIS PHONE CALL WHO PARTICIPATED IN IT

WHY WAS THIS PERSON THE ONE THAT CAME FORWARD, WHY DID ALL THESE OTHER PEOPLE NOT COME FORWARD, AND WAS THERE SOME PARTISAN MOTIVATION BEHIND THAT? THERE’S ALSO QUESTIONS ABOUT THAT PERSON’S INTERACTIONS WITH THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE, ADAM SCHIFF AND HIS STAFF, AHEAD OF TIME, WHETHER THEY ENCOURAGED ADAM SCHIFF AND HIS STAFF, AHEAD OF TIME, WHETHER THEY ENCOURAGED HIM TO REPORT NOW, THAT WOULD NOT BE UNCOMMON, BY THE WAY IT’S VERY COMMON FOR A WHISTLE BLOWER TO COME TO THE COMMITTEE FIRST WHEN I WAS WORKING FOR THE REPUBLICAN CHAIRMAN MIKE ROGERS, WHISTLEBLOWERS WOULD COME TO US, REPUBLICAN CHAIRMAN MIKE ROGERS, WHISTLEBLOWERS WOULD COME TO US,WE’D ADVISE THEM THAT THEY HAD A WE’D ADVISE THEM THAT THEY HAD A PROCESS TO GO THROUGH, THAT’S NOT UNUSUAL BUT WHY DIDN’T ADAM SCHIFF NOT DISCLOSE THAT WHEN HE WAS ASKED DIRECTLY HE? THESE ARE QUESTIONS THAT’LL HAVE TO BE ANSWERED

ERIC: I’M NOT AWARE OF ANY REPORT THAT SAYS SCHIFF HIMSELF HAD DIRECT CONTACT WITH THE WHISTLEBLOWER, THAT THE WHISTLEBLOWER — APPARENTLY, ACCORDING TO REPORTS — WENT TO STAFF COMMITTEE, AND THAT STAFFER DIRECTED THE WHISTLEBLOWER TO GO TO A LAWYER AS YOU SAY, DO YOU THINK THE REPUBLICANS WERE TRYING TO ZERO IN OP EACH OF THESE STEPS? >> WELL, I THINK THEY WILL BECAUSE THERE’S BEEN A LOT OF QUESTIONS ABOUT HOW THIS IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY CAME TO BE AND WHETHER IT’S APPROPRIATE, WHETHER THE PROCESS HAS BEEN FOLLOWED TO DATE AND THE PROCESS THAT WILL COME FROM HERE ON OUT IS APPROPRIATE IT HAS DEFUATED FROM THE PROCESS — DEVIATED IN TERMS OF THE AUTHORITIES GIVEN TO REPUBLICANS ON THE COMMITTEE THERE IS A DEVIATION THERE THAT RAISES CONCERNS

AND SO HOW THE PROCESS STARTED WILL BE A QUESTION TOO AND YOU’RE RIGHT, WHILE THERE’S NO SUGGESTION THAT ADAM SCHIFF DIRECTLY TALKS TO THE WHISTLEBLOWER, IT’S HARD TO IMAGINE THIS COMPLAINT CAME FROM THE CHAIRMAN’S STAFF AND THE CHAIRMAN WASN’T INFORMED ABOUT IT, AND THEN THE QUESTION BECOMES WHAT DID HE KNOW AND WHEN, AND DID HE ENCOURAGE STAFF TO TAKE ACTIONS OR WHATEVER AND THEN HOW DOES THAT TIE TO THIS WHISTLEBLOWER’S TIES ALLEGEDLY TO THE DNC AND THE PARTY AHEAD OF TIME AND THE BIDENS AHEAD OF TIME ERIC: SO IF THE REPUBLICANS TAKE THAT TACK, HOW DO YOU SEE THE DEMOCRATS TRYING TO DEFEND THE WHISTLE BLOWER? >> LOOK, I THINK THEY ARE GOING TO DEFEND THE WHISTLEBLOWER AND HAVE TO DATE SAYING, LOOK, THIS IS A PERSON WITH A LONG HISTORY IN THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY, THEY’RE NOT A PARTISAN PERSON, THERE’S NO EVIDENCE OF THAT, SO WE’LL SEE HOW THAT ALL PLAYS OUT AT THE END OF THE DAY THOUGH, ERIC, I THINK YOUR POINT IS PROBABLY IT DOESN’T MATTER WHO THE WHISTLEBLOWER IS, IT MATTERS WHAT HAPPENED ON THAT PHONE CALL, AND ADAM SCHIFF HAS SAID WE HAVE THE PHONE CALL

WE DON’T NEED THE WHISTLEBLOWER, WE CAN ALL LOOK AT THAT AND SAY WAS IT APPROPRIATE QUID PRO QUO, BECAUSE WE KNOW THE US GOVERNMENT ALL THE TIME SAYS WE’LL GIVE YOU THIS IF YOU DO THAT, RIGHT? THE QUESTION IS WAS THIS PROBLEMATIC BECAUSE OF THE POLITICAL NATURE OF THE UNDERLYING ASK, AND THAT’S THE BIG QUESTION AT STAKE FOR BOTH HOUSE DEMOCRATS AND HOUSE REPUBLICANS AND, ULTIMATELY, FOR SENATORS TO DECIDE WHETHER OR NOT THAT’S AN IMPEACHABLE DEFENSE ERIC: RIGHT NOW WE’RE WAITING FOR THE PRESIDENT TO SPEAK, HE’S SPEAKING AFTER GETTING OFF MARINE ONE AT THE WHITE HOUSE, AND WE’RE TOLD THAT, YOU KNOW, HE’S RIGHT BACK THERE, AND HE IS TALKING ABOUT THE ISSUE OF IMPEACHMENT WHAT DO YOU EXPECT’S GOING TO HAPPEN? THIS COULD ROLL OUT AND FLICKER ON OUR TELEVISION SCREENS OVER THE NEXT FEW WEEKS, AND THEN IT GOES TO THE SENATE W

’S YOUR PREDICTION? >> I THINK RIGHT NOW ON THE EVIDENCE THAT EXISTS, I THINK WE WILL SEE THE PRESIDENT LIKELY IMPEACHED BY THE HOUSE THE HOUSE DEMOCRATS HAVE INDICATED A CLEAR COMMITMENT TO THAT YOU SAW REPUBLICANS VOTED ALMOST EN BLOC AGAINST THE INQUIRY IN PART ABOUT THE CONCERNS OVER THE PROCESS BY WHICH IT CAME TO BE AND THE PROCESS GOING FORWARD IF THE HOUSE DOES VOTE IN A PARTISAN MANNER, THEN THE SENATE — AS YOUR REPORTER POINTED OUT — HAS TO AT LEAST HEAR THE CHARGES, AND THAT’S TO SIT AS A JURY, AND THEN THE QUESTION IS WILL THEY DISMISS THE CHARGES ON A PARTISAN VOTE, AND THAT COULD CAUSE A LOT OF QUESTIONS BECAUSE THAT’S NEVER HAPPENED BEFORE WILL THE SENATE ABIDE BY REGULAR ORDER WHEN THE HOUSE HASN’T DONE WILL THE SENATE ABIDE BY REGULAR ORDER WHEN THE HOUSE HASN’T DONE THE SENATORS HAVE A REAL BELIEF THAT, IT’S A VERY HARD QUESTION

IN TRADITION, MOST OF THE SENATORS DO, AND THEY BELIEVE YOU SHOULD GO FORWARD WITH THE TRADITIONAL PROCESS BUT GIVEN THE FACT THAT THE HOUSE HASN’T GONE THROUGH ITS TRADITIONAL PROCESS, HOW THAT IMPACTS THE SENATE, THAT’S A BIG, OPEN QUESTION AND WHAT WE’LL SEE PLAY OUT ERIC: AS JOAN CRAWFORD ONCE SAID, FASTEN YOUR SEAT BELT, IT’S GOING TO BE A BUMPY RIDE

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