The president's assistant said Ukraine sees in the United States "a friend and a strategic partner".
Trump's demand for a tete-a-tete with his "accuser", who was reported to be a Central Intelligence Agency officer detailed to the Trump administration at certain point, comes amid reports that the whistleblower's lawyers penned a letter to Schiff and Senate Intel Committee chair Richard Burr (R-N.C.) expressing "serious concern" for their client's safety.
"The goal of this letter is to formally notify you of serious concerns we have regarding our client's personal safety", the letter says, adding that recent comments by Trump are reason for "heightened" concern. While the whistleblower's attorneys wouldn't elaborate on what those resources are, they strenuously denied their client is under federal protection as reported Sunday by CBS' "60 Minutes". But later, Politico's Natasha Bertrand made clear on Twitter that one of the lawyers rebuked the report, saying the show "completely misinterpreted" the letter's contents.
Trump's tweets sparked alarm among human rights advocates, who warned the president is clearly attempting to intimidate the whistleblower and others who may be considering sounding the alarm about his behavior. A summary of their conversation, released by the White House on Wednesday, proved that Trump did ask Ukraine for help in investigating Biden. Trump has denied any wrongdoing.
There is no evidence of wrongdoing by Joe or Hunter Biden.
"In addition, I want to meet not only my accuser, who presented SECOND & THIRD HAND INFORMATION, but also the person who illegally gave this information, which was largely incorrect, to the 'Whistleblower, '" Trump added.
The attorneys added that President Donald Trump had heightened these concerns by stating Thursday that he wanted to know who the whistleblower and their informant is, because "that's close to a spy". And I think, when you look at the fact that the president engaged in this corrupt conduct with President Zelenskiy, corrupt on the president's part, not on Zelenskiy's part, the day after the Mueller hearing [the testimony of special counsel Robert Mueller on July 24 about possible Russian collusion in the 2016 election], the lesson this president appears to have received is that he can do whatever he wants. The comment prompted three House chairmen - including Schiff - to call on the President to stop attacking the whistleblower.