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Rep. Schiff: Whistleblower Getting Advice on Testimony

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House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff  (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

By    |   Wednesday, 25 September 2019 11:25 AM

The whistleblower who filed a complaint about President Donald Trump's conversation with Ukraine's president wants to speak with Congress, but is still seeking advice from the Director of National Intelligence about how to do that and still have his or her rights protected, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff said Wednesday.

"The whistleblower could have come to our committee at any time, but it might mean the whistleblower forfeits the protection against losing his or her job, their security clearance, even potential prosecution," the California Democrat told CNN's "New Day." "The director still has not given instructions to that whistleblower. We're told that those instructions could be given at any time."

The initial complaint was filed more than a month ago, said Schiff. The DNI was required weeks ago to inform the whistleblower hot to come to Congress but hasn't done so, and that means there is no question that the White House is controlling the testimony, he added. 

"The White House hasn't made much of a secret of the fact they're weighing in as to whether the whistleblower can testify, and how the whistleblower might testify, and as to what the whistleblower might say," said Schiff. "That's completely impermissible."

According to news reports, the administration is planning to turn over the complaint, but Schiff said it remains to be seen if it will but the full document. 

"If this does involve a presidential communication, if this involves at least in part that call between the president and the president of Ukraine," said Schiff. "We'll want to know who else is knowledgeable of what was said in that conversation...and if there's anything we know from the Mueller investigation, it's that this president will go to extraordinary lengths to obstruct an investigation into his misconduct."

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The whistleblower who filed a complaint about President Donald Trump's conversation with Ukraine's president wants to speak with Congress, but is still seeking advice from the Director of National Intelligence about how to do that and still have his or her rights protected.
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