Attorney for Whistleblower in Trump Case Debunks Reports of Federal Protection Deal

© AP Photo / J. Scott ApplewhiteThe US Capitol building is mirrored in the Reflecting Pool in Washington DC Dec. 28, 2018.
The US Capitol building is mirrored in the Reflecting Pool in Washington DC Dec. 28, 2018. - Sputnik International
A CBS 60 Minutes report suggested that the whistleblower struck a deal with the US government to place them under federal protection, but attorney representing the anonymous contributor have debunked the report, noting that talks are still in process.

On Sunday, the legal group representing the whistleblower who filed a report that led to US President Donald Trump’s impeachment debunked a report that their client is under federal protection. Earlier on Sunday, CBS’s 60 Minutes reported the suggestion, citing a letter sent by the Compass Rose Legal Group to Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire saying they have concerns regarding the whistleblower’s safety.

In the letter, the Compass Rose Legal Group quotes Trump’s comments as grounds for their concerns.

“I want to know who’s the person that gave the Whistleblower, who’s the person that gave the Whistleblower the information, because that’s close to a spy. You know what we used to do in the old days when we were smart? Right? With spies and treason, right? We used to handle them a little differently than we do now,” Trump said on 26 September.

The legal group’s letter also notes that “certain individuals” have offered a $50,000 bounty for “any information” regarding the whistleblower’s identity.

But the suggestion of federal protection was debunked by Mark S. Zaid, an attorney for the whistleblower.

"60 Minutes completely misinterpreted the contents of our letter. Nor have we […] reached any agreement with the Congress on contact with the whistleblower. Discussions remain ongoing,” he tweeted.

​On Sunday, Representative Adam Schiff reported that the anonymous whistleblower had agreed to testify before Congress, although formalities must be addressed to grant the whistleblower the appropriate security clearance. No exact date for the testimony has yet been determined, Zaid said.

​The whistleblower reported that Trump used his presidential powers to request that Ukrainian President Zelensky investigate Joe Biden and his son Hunter, for their business interests in Ukraine. Both Zelensky and Trump deny that any form of coercion took place. In order to alleviate the rumours, the White House released an unredacted script of call. Democrats state that the transcript supports their allegations.

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