The whistleblower’s team is preparing for possibility of Senate testimony

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., standing with other committee Democrats, talks to reporters following the House Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Photo AP)

(CNN News) – The legal team for the anonymous whistleblower whose account kicked off the impeachment inquiry is preparing for the possibility that lawmakers will call their client to testify in the Senate, two people familiar with the situation told CNN.

The White House counsel’s office remains in discussion with Republican senators about the length and scope of President Trump’s likely Senate impeachment trial. But the whistleblower’s lawyers are preparing for all possibilities, including receiving a subpoena for testimony as allies of the President continue their demands to hear from the anonymous person who ignited the Ukraine controversy.

A subpoena would put the whistleblower in uncharted territory, and raise the risk that his or her identity could come out in the course of the trial in the Senate — where, unlike in the Democrat-led House, some Republicans have expressed a desire to hear from the whistleblower.

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