Responding to complaints from many Republican lawmakers about possible bias from whistleblower, a lawyer for the anonymous whistleblower said Sunday his client is willing to answer written questions submitted by House Republicans.
But for Jim Jordan, (R-OH) a ranking member of the House Oversight Committee, this is unacceptable. In a statement Jordan said:
“Written answers will not provide a sufficient opportunity to probe all the relevant facts and cross examine the so-called Whistleblower. You don’t get to ignite an impeachment effort and never account for your actions and role in orchestrating it. We have serious questions about this individual’s political bias and partisan motivations and it seems Mark Zaid and Adam Schiff are attempting to hide these facts from public scrutiny. Last week’s testimony raised even more concerns about the anonymous whistleblower and our need to hear from them, in person.”
.@Jim_Jordan statement on whistleblower offering to answer Republicans written questions — saying it won’t provide a sufficient opportunity to cross examine the person. Says R’s have serious q’s about whistleblowers political bias and partisan motivations pic.twitter.com/TUIA4DxMVt
— Katherine Faulders (@KFaulders) November 4, 2019
Zaid responded by calling Jordan’s response a “deliberate deflection.”
“Congressman Jordan’s statement highlights his misunderstanding of fed WBer laws & protections. Notwithstanding WBer’s offer to rise above partisanship, he responds w/deliberate deflection & disinformation,” said Zaid in a tweet.