Published: Tue, October 01, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Donald Trump has put whistleblower in danger, lawyers say

Donald Trump has put whistleblower in danger, lawyers say

The unidentified whistleblower's legal team sounded the alarm in a letter, dated Saturday and made public on Sunday, to Joseph Maguire, the acting director of national intelligence.

The White House released documents this showing that yeah, Trump did ask Zelensky to investigate the Bidens.

The lawyers for the intelligence official who filed a whistleblower complaint against President Trump that triggered a formal impeachment inquiry have expressed "serious concerns" for their client's safety, according to reports.

The Washington Examiner, a conservative news outlet, reported last week that two right-wing activists had offered $50,000 for "credible information corroborating" the person's identity. But, I know what was in the call.

The lead House investigator is predicting the whistleblower who sparked impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump will testify "very soon".

The call is now at the centre of an effort by Democrats that could see Mr Trump expelled from office, but doing so would require members of his Republican party to turn against him.

Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff said on multiple Sunday shows that the panel and the whistleblower's lawyers are still working out their clearances and how to keep the person's identity secret.

Mr Maguire faced lawmakers last week and said he believed the whistleblower acted in "good faith".

"I want Schiff questioned at the highest level for Fraud & Treason", wrote Mr Trump.

Trump has withstood repeated scandals since taking office in 2017.

The memo summarizing Trump and Zelenskiy's call includes an exchange in which Zelenskiy criticizes Germany and France, who are involved in negotiations aimed at ending a conflict between Kiev and Moscow-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine. "And you can also understand how they might be concerned that if they don't do the bidding of the president of the United States there might be consequences that come to them".

Political scientist Miranda Yaver said in response to Trump's tweets, "If we saw this behavior in another country, the word "democracy" wouldn't leap to mind".

Trump's latest attack comes a day after he claimed on Twitter that in his or her complaint, the whistleblower had represented his conversation with the Ukranian president in "a totally inaccurate and fraudulent way".

Democrats in Congress - which is now in recess - say they plan to remain in Washington over the break to move "expeditiously" on with impeachment hearings and subpoenas.

Of particular alarm, the lawyer said, were Trump's comments on Thursday, demanding to know "who's the person that gave the Whistleblower the information, because that's close to a spy".

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