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Trump Demands To Meet Whistleblower, Warns Of ‘Big Consequences’

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Trump Demands To Meet Whistleblower, Warns Of ‘Big Consequences’




President Trump is demanding to meet the intelligence community whistleblower behind the complaint about his controversial July phone call with the president of Ukraine.

Trump on Sunday evening called for the outing of the whistleblower and railed against other individuals, including Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), 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.



“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!”

The Democratic chairmen of three House committees accused Trump on Thursday of committing “witness intimidation” and “obstruction” of Congress’ impeachment inquiry after the president was caught on tape threatening the whistleblower who filed a complaint about his dealings with Ukraine with “violence.”

“The President’s comments today constitute reprehensible witness intimidation and an attempt to obstruct Congress’ impeachment inquiry,” Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.), Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) and Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) said in a statement.

“We condemn the President’s attacks, and we invite our Republican counterparts to do the same because Congress must do all it can to protect this whistleblower, and all whistleblowers. Threats of violence from the leader of our country have a chilling effect on the entire whistleblower process, with grave consequences for our democracy and national security.”

The Democrats’ statement comes after Trump said to staff from the United States Mission to the United Nations on Thursday that the whistleblower at the center of a complaint about Trump’s efforts to pressure Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son was “almost a spy.”




“Basically, that person never saw the report, never saw the call, he never saw the call — heard something and decided that he or she, or whoever the hell they saw — they’re almost a spy,” Trump said to the group of about 50 people at the event intended to honor the United States Mission on Thursday morning, according to the LA Times.

“I want to know who’s the person, who’s the person who gave the whistleblower the information? Because that’s close to a spy,” he continued.

“You know what we used to do in the old days when we were smart? Right? The spies and treason, we used to handle it a little differently than we do now.” Trump added.

According to The New York Times, Trump’s remark “stunned people in the audience.”





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