The Latest: Trump says whistleblower must testify

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and the House impeachment inquiry (all times local):

8 a.m.

President Donald Trump says the whistleblower’s offer to answer questions in writing isn’t good enough.

Trump is reacting to the offer on Twitter. He says that, “Written answers not acceptable!” and that the person who raised alarms about his dealings with Ukraine and spurred the Democratic-led impeachment inquiry “must be brought forward to testify.”

A lawyer for the whistleblower announced over the weekend that his client has offered to answer questions submitted by House Republicans “in writing, under oath & penalty of perjury.”

The offer comes amid escalating efforts by Trump and his GOP allies to unmask the person’s identity.

The whistleblower sparked the impeachment inquiry after raising concerns about Trump’s July 25 call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy.

In his tweet Monday, Trump blasted the whole thing as a “Con!”

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12:45 a.m.

The whistleblower who raised alarms about President Donald Trump’s dealings with Ukraine and touched off the Democratic-led impeachment inquiry is willing to answer written questions submitted by House Republicans. That from the whistleblower’s lawyer.

The offer made over the weekend to Rep. Devin Nunes, the top Republican on the intelligence committee, was aimed in part at fending off escalating attacks by Trump and his GOP allies who are demanding the whistleblower’s identity be revealed.

It would allow Republicans to ask questions of the whistleblower without having to go through the committee’s chairman, Rep. Adam Schiff of California. Mark Zaid, the whistleblower’s attorney, said the whistleblower would answer questions directly from Republican members “in writing, under oath & penalty of perjury.”

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