President Trump on Sunday said the media would be “doing the public a service” by publicly naming the whistleblower behind a complaint about his dealings with Ukraine.
“The whistleblower gave a very inaccurate report about my phone call. My phone call was perfecto. It was totally appropriate. He gave a report — he or she, but according to the newspapers it’s a he,” Trump told reporters.
“They know who it is. You know who it is. You just don’t want to report it. CNN knows who it is, but you don’t want to report it. And you know, you would be doing the public a service if you did,” he added.
Trump did not give evidence for his claim that CNN or other news outlets know the whistleblower’s identity, which is not public.
"Why are all of these people listening to this absolutely, totally appropriate call, why didn't they come forward?" — Trump's new talking point is that if his call with the Ukrainian president was so bad, then why didn't everybody who listened in on it become a whistleblower? pic.twitter.com/JVYWbtWXyg
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) November 3, 2019
“The fixation on exposing the whistleblower’s identity is simply because they’re at a loss as to how to address the investigations the underlying disclosure prompted,” Andrew Bakaj, an attorney representing the whistleblower, told The Hill in a statement in response to Trump’s remarks.