US President Trump has demanded that the whistleblower who started the impeachment move to be revealed despite all advice to quit doing so. On Thursday a legal representative of a yet to be known whistleblower told the White-house that president Trump’s rhetoric was placing his client and family in physical danger.
Not minding the letter, the US president Trump relunched his attacks on the whistleblower and lawyer on Friday. Democrats are making sure that the fellow’s identity remains obscured.
The entire drama started in August when the whistleblower filed a report that saw the beginning of the ”impeach Trump” proceedings.
The filed report demands scrutiny over a phone call that was made a month ago in which Mr Trump asked Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate Joe Biden’s son. Joe Biden is a Democratic flag bearer for the 2020 US presidential election.
In Thursday’s letter, sent to White-house counsel Pat Cipollone, the whistleblower’s lawyer Andrew Bakaj cites many examples of the president’s “fixation” on the identity of his client in his comments to the media, at rallies and on Twitter.
“Such statements seek to intimidate my client – and they have. Should any harm befall any suspected named whistleblower or their family, the blame will rest squarely with your client.” Mr Bakaj wrote.
That didn’t stop president Trump from launching a fresh attack at the White House the following day.
“The whistleblower is a disgrace to our country… and the whistleblower because of that should be revealed. And his lawyer who said the worst things possible two years ago, he should be sued, and maybe for treason,” he told reporters.
President Trump may possibly be talking about the whistleblower’s other lawyer, Mark Zaid, who has been under fire from the president’s allies over tweet posted in 2017 in which he vowed – among other things – to “get rid of him (Mr Trump)”.
The president’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, said in an interview with the Associated Press news agency that she has never believed the whistleblower’s identity was “ever relevant. The whistleblower shouldn’t be a substantive part of the conversation,” she said, while adding that the person “didn’t have firsthand information.”
Ivanka Trump repeated her father’s view that the impeachment investigation was about “overturning the results of the 2016 election.”
Source: BBC News, Twitter, SurgeZirc UK