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Trump demands whistleblower testify, as ex-aide talks to Congress

AFP
Washington
Donald Trump demanded on Monday that a whistleblower whose warning about the US president’s call with Ukraine triggered the impeachment inquiry against him be identified and testify before Congress.
As the president menaced the person who exposed his potential wrongdoing, Trump faced a new setback with his former top Russia advisor, Fiona Hill, sitting for a closed-door deposition on Monday before Capitol Hill lawmakers.
Hill served in the National Security Council but left the administration shortly before Trump’s July 25 call with his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky.
Democrats expect her to share her concerns about Trump’s involvement in the Ukraine scandal, including his ouster of the US ambassador to Kiev Marie Yovanovitch, who testified to Congress last week.
Hill, according to her lawyer, made no remarks to reporters as she entered the secure meeting room in the US Capitol for a deposition expected to last several hours.
Trump has repeatedly pushed for the unmasking of the unidentified author of a complaint that said Trump may have abused his power on the call by urging Ukraine to dig up dirt on Joe Biden.
Whistleblowers are protected by US law, and revealing their identity is a crime.

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