Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) said on Monday that its up to the whistleblower who made a complaint that led to the impeachment inquiry to come forward or not.
“Thats strictly up to the whistleblower,” Grassley, the second-highest-ranking official in the Senate, told reporters amid Republican Congressional leaders calls for the whistleblower to be named.
Grassley, who has drafted legislation on protections on whistleblowers, said that its important for the laws to be followed.
“All I want to do is make sure the law is followed,” he told reporters, according to The Hill. “A person like me that has advocated for whistleblowers for a long period of time, including this whistleblower, I want maximum protection for whistleblowers.”
Congressional Republicans and President Trump have called for the whistleblower to testify in public, arguing that the president should be able to confront his accuser.
One of them is Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who said he would have the whistleblower or whistleblowers testify in public if articles of impeachment pass the House.
Graham said that if “the whistleblowers allegations are turned into an impeachment article, its imperative that the whistleblower be interviewed in public, under oath, and cross-examined.”
Graham, who is the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, argued that “nobody in America goes to jail or has anything done to them without confronting their accuser,” he told Fox News on Oct. 6.
Lawyers for the whistleblower said the individual would be willing to answer questions from the House and Senate in writing under oath.
“We have directly engaged GOP as to the irrelevance of the whistleblowers information and identity (including addressing any issue of bias), but with little effect in halting the attacks. Btw, countless OIG complaints are filed anonymously & full of hearsay. Its common,” Mark Zaid, one of the persons lawyers, wrote on Twitter on Sunday. “We offered HPSCI (and SSCI), both Majority & Minority, to have [the] whistleblower answer questions in writing, under oath & penalty of perjury. Obviously, per House rules GOP is beholden to [the] Dems. We, however, are not.”