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Cabinet Chairman Nancy Pelosi issued a stern warning to President Trump on Sunday: Do not try to retaliate against an intelligence official whose anonymous complaint helped spur an impeachment investigation.
"I'll make sure he doesn't intimidate the player," Pelosi said in an interview with CBS & # 39; s Face of the Nation . "I told the president you were in my cart when you came after the whistle."
Pelosi's comments follow Trump's repeated calls for the name of whistleblowers to be disclosed. Trump claimed Friday that "everyone knows" who the offender is, calling the man's identity "not a big secret."
But it is not clear that Trump really knows who filed his appeal on July 25th to the President of Ukraine, where he insisted on the country launch investigations against the Biden family and the irrefutable theory of the 2016 election by Ukraine. The abuser wrote that Trump's actions raised concerns about national security and amounted to abuse of power.
Trump and some of his Republican supporters have stepped up to attack the credibility of the intruder, as House investigators continue to call witnesses to testify on national television hearings. in the behavior of the president.
Lawyers representing whistleblowers argue that respect for the anonymity of the individual is important to their client's safety and to ensure that future whistleblowers are not afraid of intimidation in response to the filing a report of abuse in government. Pelosi told CBS that the process of allowing anonymous persons to submit anonymous signals should not be undermined.
"This is really important, especially when it comes to intelligence, someone who is bold enough to point out the truth of power," she said.
Federal law allows reporters to remain anonymous, but it is not expressly a crime for the president to disclose the person. Legal experts have said that if Trump outwits the individual, it could incite an impeachment member.
Pelosi did not specify what the Chamber's response would be if Trump decided to do so.
The conservative media outlined someone who was considered the offender and tried to portray the man as a political enemy of the president. But the reports are speculative as there is no official confirmation of the offender's identity.
The legal team of those who signaled termination and refusal sent a letter to the White House counsel, warning the president to stop calling for the disclosure of publicly-reported offenders.
"Let me be clear: Should any harm be caused to any suspected named culprit or their family, the blame will be entirely on your client," lawyer Andrew Bakay writes.
House Democrats say the testimony of the person are no longer an integral part of the impeachment investigation, as the complaints of the abusers are largely confirmed by other witnesses.
Still, the whistleblowers agreed to answer written questions from Republicans on oath , but the offer was not
Democrats say Trump tried to bribe President of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky by preparing $ 391 million in military aid already approved by the Congress of Ukraine, announcing investigations that would benefit Trump. the House released the aid after Congress learned of the filing complaint.
Republicans, who appear on Sunday talk shows, claim that because the money in they were eventually delivered to After no country to launch a political investigations, there is nothing wrong in the now infamous phone call on July 25.
"Most importantly, the Ukrainians have done nothing, as long as investigations continue, to release aid," Jim Jordan, an Ohio reporter, told CBS. "So there's never been this weird proposal that all Democrats promise, before President Trump launches the phone call. "
Eight witnesses are expected to testify this week, including Lt. Col. Alexander Windman, Ukraine's top expert on the National Security Council and Gordon Sundland, US ambassador to the European Union.
] Windm Anne, a key witness in the investigation, listened to Trump's July 25 call and said in closed-door testimony that he was so disturbed by the president's behavior that he rushed to report it to John Eisenberg, the NSC's top lawyer.
Sondland is also an important player in the impeachment study In a sharp turn, Sondland earlier this month supplemented his initial closed-door testimony before House members, admitting that he now remembers informing Zelensky's aide that military aid for Ukraine is associated with byavyavaneto of "anti-corruption" investigation
Deputies at home on Saturday released a transcript of testimony behind closed doors by the legal representative of the National Security Council, Tim Morrison.
Morrison said Sondland had told a Ukrainian official that US aid would be sent to Kiev after investigations were announced. In his testimony, Morrison said Sondland spoke directly with Trump about the arrangement about half a dozen times.
Pelosi said on Sunday if Trump wants to defend himself, he has an open invitation to speak with House investigators.
"The president can come right in front of the committee and speak, tell all the truth he wants, if he wants – if he wants to be sworn in or he could do it in writing," she said. "He has every opportunity to present his case."