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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

Whistleblower complaint says White House officials acted to 'lock down' record of Trump-Ukraine call

  Whistleblower complaint says White House officials acted to 'lock down' record of Trump-Ukraine call Whistleblower complaint says White House officials acted to 'lock down' record of Trump-Ukraine callThe whistleblower, whose name has not been released, says he or she lodged the formal complaint because they believed that Trump was "using the power of his office to solicit interference from a foreign country" in the 2020 election. In the call, Trump discussed having Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy help investigate the Biden family's business dealings.

President Trump on Sunday evening called for the outing of a whistleblower and railed against other individuals, including Rep. .In addition, I want to meet not only my accuser, who presented SECOND & THIRD HAND Was this person SPYING on the U.S. President? Big Consequences !

US President Donald Trump has demanded to meet with the whistleblower who accused him of pressuring Kiev for political gain, as well as with the actual alleged source that passed the information presented in the Trump wants both Ukrainegate ‘ whistleblower ’ and his SOURCE to face him.

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.

Pelosi, on handling of whistleblower complaint: 'This is a cover-up'

  Pelosi, on handling of whistleblower complaint: 'This is a cover-up' "Our focus is on this allegation," the House speaker said Thursday at her first press conference since announcing a formal impeachment inquiry earlier this week."This is a cover-up. This is a cover-up," Pelosi told reporters at her weekly press conference as she answered questions for the first time since announcing a formal impeachment inquiry on Tuesday evening.

Trump accused the whistleblower of representing a “perfect conversation with a foreign leader in a totally inaccurate and fraudulent way”. Trump also demanded that he be able to meet the whistleblower : “Was this person SPYING on the U.S. President? Big Consequences !” he tweeted.

The whistleblower whose complaint has led to an impeachment inquiry against Donald Trump is a CIA officer, US media report. The whistleblower says senior White House officials tried to "lock down" all details of a phone call between Mr Trump and the Ukrainian president.

"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.

Opinions | Trump is cornered, and his ‘civil war’ threat stinks of panic

  Opinions | Trump is cornered, and his ‘civil war’ threat stinks of panic Trump continues to build the case for his own impeachment.President Trump has now approvingly quoted a top supporter raising the prospect of “civil war." He accused unnamed national security officials in his own government of “spying” on him. He just called for a top Democrat in Congress to be arrested for “treason.

, President demands to meet anonymous whistle - blower ‘accuser’. Trump has equated the complaint behind inquiry to espionage. President Donald Trump called for the Democrat leading the House impeachment inquiry to be questioned for treason and demanded to meet the anonymous

Twist: it was Trump with dementia. Heard another white house official saying that the president had asked Ukraine for info on an opponent, forgot Obama wasn't president, and went to turn him in.

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.

Former Trump Organization executive says she expects President Trump will resign .
A former Trump Organization executive says she thinks President Donald Trump may resign rather than face possible removal from office by impeachment. "He does a lot of things to save face," Barbara Res, a former Trump Organization vice president, told CNN's Brian Stelter on Reliable Sources Sunday. "It would be very, very, very bad for him to be impeached," Res said. "I don't know that he'll be found guilty but I don't know that he wants to be impeached. I think that's what this panic is about. And my gut [instinct] is that he'll leave office, he'll resign.

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