Giuliani tells ABC's "This Week" that "I wouldn't cooperate" with Schiff, but if Trump "decides that he wants me to testify, of course I'll testify". "And as [Director of National Intelligence] Maguire promised during the hearing, that whistleblower will be allowed to come in and come in without a minder from the Justice Department or from the White House to tell the whistleblower what they can and cannot say".
The July 25 phone call came shortly after the United States froze almost $400 million in aid to Ukraine, prompting concern that Trump was using the taxpayer money already approved by Congress as leverage for his personal political gain.
"The events of the past week have heightened our concerns that our client's identity will be disclosed publicly and that, as a result, our client will be put in harm's way". "But [the] letter does say "we appreciate your office's support thus far to activate appropriate resources to ensure their safety, '" Bertrand noted". 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". However, lawyer Mark S. Zaid in a statement to The Hill said the news outlet "completely misinterpreted the contents of our letter".
Biden advisers Anita Dunn and Kate Bedingfield sent their letter Sunday to management and anchors of news shows at ABC News, NBC News, CBS News, MSNBC, CNN and Fox News.
In the July call, Zelensky appeared to make an effort to stay in Trump's good graces, telling him at least twice that he was "absolutely right".
The White Home final week launched a tough transcript of Trump's July 25 name with Ukranian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, in addition to the whistleblower's grievance alleging the US president pressured his counterpart to research the household of Joe Biden, the previous vp who's searching for the Democratic nomination to problem Trump's reelection subsequent yr.
There is no evidence of wrongdoing by Joe or Hunter Biden.
Mr Trump has responded to those claims with scorn, calling members of the opposition party "savages" in a tweet early last Saturday, and subsequently calling for the resignation of Mr Adam Schiff, the California Democrat and chairman of the House Intelligence Committee who will be heading the impeachment inquiry. "Big Consequences!" he added.
Trump then said he wanted to know who gave the whistle-blower information, saying the person gave the information "illegally", alleging that it was also "largely incorrect".
Schiff later said, "My summary of the president's call was meant to be at least, part, in parody".
"The President's comments today constitute reprehensible witness intimidation and an attempt to obstruct Congress' impeachment inquiry. We will get the unfiltered testimony of that whistleblower", he said.