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Weekend Reads Trump demands to meet whistleblower, warns of 'big consequences'

04:50  30 september  2019
04:50  30 september  2019 Source:   thehill.com

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President Trump on Sunday evening called for the outing of a whistleblower and railed against other individuals, including Rep. Adam Schiff Adam Bennett Schiff Biden administration open to restarting nuclear talks with Iran Kinzinger calls for people with info on Trump to come forward House Democrats renew push for checks on presidential pardons MORE (D-Calif.), at the center of a growing scandal involving his phone call with Ukraine's president, warning there could be " Big Consequences ."

Republican President Donald Trump said he wants to meet the person who filed a complaint against him and also wondered whether the person who provided information to the complainant was spying, an assertation he made in a private venue last week. Was this person SPYING on the U.S. President? Big Consequences !” The whistleblower complaint, which was released last week, conflicts with the transcript of Trump ’s call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. The inspector general of the intelligence community found “arguable political bias” on the part of the person who filed the complaint

Donald Trump wearing a suit and tie smiling at the camera: Trump demands to meet whistleblower, warns of 'big consequences'© Getty Trump demands to meet whistleblower, warns of 'big consequences'

President Trump on Sunday evening called for the outing of a whistleblower and railed against other individuals, including Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), at the center of a growing scandal involving his phone call with Ukraine's president, warning there could be "big consequences."

"Like every American, I deserve to meet my accuser, especially when this accuser, the so-called "Whistleblower," represented a perfect conversation with a foreign leader in a totally inaccurate and fraudulent way. Then Schiff made up what I actually said by lying to Congress," Trump said in a series of tweets.

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President Trump over the weekend warned of “ big consequences ” in the wake of the whistleblower report against him and demanded to “ meet my accuser.” “Like every American, I deserve to meet my accuser, especially when this accuser, the so-called ‘ Whistleblower ,’ represented a perfect Big Consequences !” Lawyers for the whistleblower , an anonymous member of the intelligence community, wrote to the top Republicans and Democrats on the House and Senate Intelligence Committees and expressed concern for the safety of their client. All Our Opinion in Your Inbox.

President Trump on Sunday evening railed against the whistleblower and other individuals at the center of a growing scandal involving his phone call with Ukraine's president, warning there could be " big consequences ." "Like every American, I deserve to meet my accuser, especially when this accuser, the so-called " Whistleblower ," represented a perfect conversation with a foreign leader in a totally inaccurate and fraudulent way. Then [Rep. Adam] Schiff made up what I actually said by lying to Congress," Trump said in a series of tweets. "His lies were made in perhaps the most blatant and

"His lies were made in perhaps the most blatant and sinister manner ever seen in the great Chamber," he continued, before adding that he wants Schiff, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, "questioned at the highest level for Fraud & Treason."

"In addition," he added, "I want to meet not only my accuser, who presented SECOND & THIRD HAND INFORMATION, but also the person who illegally gave this information, which was largely incorrect, to the 'Whistleblower.' Was this person SPYING on the U.S. President? Big Consequences!"

Trump's tweets come after revelations regarding a phone call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky led to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif) initiating a formal impeachment inquiry last week.

Details of the phone call, a readout of which released last week showed Trump asking Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter, first emerged after reports that a whistleblower had raised concerns about the call to the office of the acting director of national intelligence.

The fallout of those reports led to a flood of new calls on Capitol Hill for an impeachment inquiry. Following Pelosi's announcement to formally launch the oversight proceedings, the White House released not only the readout of the call but also the whistleblower's complaint and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence inspector general's report.

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Trump ramps up attack on whistleblower , demands to meet his 'accuser.' President Trump in a series of tweets Sunday escalated his attacks. “Like every American, I deserve to meet my accuser, especially when this accuser, the so-called “ Whistleblower ,” represented a Big Consequences !”

The delay is designed to give the still-emerging Trump legal team time to prepare. "Senate Republicans are strongly united behind the principle that the institution of the Senate, the office of the presidency, and former President Trump himself all deserve a full and fair process that respects his rights and the serious factual, legal, and constitutional questions at stake," McConnell said in a statement. In his first hours in the White House, President Joe Biden issued a stern warning to his incoming staff about the tone he expects from his administration: Honesty and integrity are paramount -- no exceptions.

Little is still known about the whistleblower, who according to the complaint was not a direct witness to the conversation but was told about it by White House colleagues. The New York Times reported the person is a CIA officer who is currently working at the agency's headquarters in Langley.

Schiff, who as the House Intelligence chairman is helping oversee the probe into the phone call, has said the whistleblower is likely to testify behind closed doors on Capitol Hill. Mark S. Zaid, one of the lawyers representing the whistleblower, confirmed on Sunday evening that they were continuing to coordinate with lawmakers but no time or date had yet been set for testimony.

The impeachment inquiry marks a significant turning point in the Trump era, with the vast majority of House Democrats now backing the proceedings. Even if the lower chamber does decide to impeach Trump, the GOP-controlled Senate is likely not to convict Trump of any wrongdoing.

The president and his allies have repeatedly denied any wrongdoing and insist impeachment will be a winning development for them as they head into the 2020 election. Democrats meanwhile, are taking their case to the voters, who according to opinion polls in recent months have been largely opposed to impeaching the president. A flurry of recent polls over the past week have suggested the tide is turning, however, with Americans now split on the topic.

The Hill has reached out to both Schiff and Zaid.

Trump criticizes supposed second whistleblower .
President Trump took aim at a second unnamed intelligence official who is reportedly considering filing a complaint against Trump and testifying before Congress about the president's contacts with Ukraine's president on Saturday.Trump tweeted that the official, whose identity remains a secret, was a member of the "deep state" conspiracy he has argued is working to undermine his presidency.

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