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 âneed not possess firsthand information in order to file a complaint or information with respect to an urgent concern.â
Although Mr. Trump wants to learn the identity of the whistle-blower, policies have been devised to prevent that.
âThe law and policy supports protection of the identity of the whistle-blower from disclosure and from retaliation,â Mark Zaid, a lawyer representing the whistle-blower, has said. âNo exceptions exist for any individual.â
Since then, the House has subpoenaed Mr. Trumpâs private lawyer, Rudolph W. Giuliani. Mr. Giulianiâs 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.