Trump Wants to ‘Interview’ Whistle-Blower – The New York Times

But witnessing actions is not a requirement for filing a complaint, according to the inspector general of the intelligence community, which said on Monday in a release that a whistle-blower “need not possess firsthand information in order to file a complaint or information with respect to an urgent concern.”

Although Mr. Trump wants to learn the identity of the whistle-blower, policies have been devised to prevent that.

“The law and policy supports protection of the identity of the whistle-blower from disclosure and from retaliation,” Mark Zaid, a lawyer representing the whistle-blower, has said. “No exceptions exist for any individual.”

House Democrats announced an impeachment inquiry last week into the allegations before the full complaint and the reconstructed transcript were released.

Since then, the House has subpoenaed Mr. Trump’s private lawyer, Rudolph W. Giuliani. Mr. Giuliani’s name comes up multiple times in the July 25 conversation between the president and Mr. Zelensky, and he has publicly acknowledged trying to gather damaging information on Democrats from Ukrainian officials, specifically targeting former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., a leading Democratic presidential candidate for the 2020 race against Mr. Trump.


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