Last month, the FBI requested an interview with a whistle blower who filed a complaint about President Trump’s phone call on July 25 with Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky and called for an ongoing investigation into impeachment in the ward, but no substantive discussions were held, a source familiar with the situation told Fox News on Wednesday.
The source said an agent from the Washington Office field office contacted an unnamed whistleblower legal team about six weeks ago.
The source added that it became clear from the FBI that the applicant was not seen as the target of any investigation, but rather was a potential witness. It was not immediately clear what exactly the FBI could look for.
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The source described the interaction between the FBI and the applicant’s lawyers as “flagging”. The agent did not know the identity of the informant and did not ask about threats against them, the source said, adding that this was not an attempt to intimidate or expose this person,
The informant filed a complaint on August 12 about Trump's phone call a week earlier with Zelensky. During the conversation, Trump insisted on conducting investigations regarding, among other things, former Vice President Joe Biden, his son Hunter, and their business relations in this country.
A draft call record was released in September this year by the White House. At the same time, the chamber opened an impeachment investigation focused on Trump’s efforts to conduct political investigations, as the US held hundreds of millions of dollars in military aid from Ukraine.
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Trump said he wants to know the identity of the informant. Democrats in the House of Representatives stated that they did not need to receive information from the applicant as part of the impeachment investigation, and now they heard from numerous witnesses who, unlike the applicant, were listening to the actual call between the two leaders.
U.S. whistleblower laws exist to protect the identity and career of people who charge government officials for misconduct. Legislators on both sides have historically supported these protections.
Fox News & # 39; Jennifer Griffin and Louis Casiano contributed to this report.