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House intel chairman expects Trump whistleblower to testify soon

The Associated Press

Washington – The lead House investigator is predicting the whistleblower who sparked impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump will testify “very soon.”

Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., center, makes opening remarks before Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire testimony before the House Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday.

Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff said on multiple Sunday shows that the panel and the whistleblower’s lawyers are still working out their clearances and how to keep the person’s identity secret.

The person’s testimony is at the heart of a formal inquiry into whether Trump abused his office when he asked Ukraine’s president to investigate Democrat Joe Biden’s family.

The White House released a rough transcript of the July 25 call and made public the whistleblower’s complaint. Trump has said he did nothing wrong, but the material sparked new calls for his impeachment and a process that could generate a vote by Thanksgiving.

Meanwhile, Rudy Giuliani, President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, says he’d only cooperate with the House impeachment inquiry with Trump's OK.

Lawyer Rudy Giuliani

Giuliani said he thinks Schiff, “has already prejudged” whether Trump linked U.S. aid to Ukraine in exchange for the probe. 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.”

Schiff says he hasn’t decided whether he wants to hear from Giuliani.