Dems escalate quickly, accuse Trump of intimidating witness in whistleblower case; file formal complaint

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Democrats are quickly ramping up their impeachment case against Donald Trump and accused the president of tampering with a witness through intimidation on Thursday.

Trump lashed out over reports about the root sources of the whistleblower (leaker) complaint that has landed him in Democrats’ impeachment crosshairs.

“I want to know who’s the person, who’s the person who gave the whistleblower the information?” Trump said at a private breakfast in New York on Thursday.

“Because that’s close to a spy,” Trump 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.”

Democrats were quick to jump on Trump’s comments, saying he’s intimidating witnesses.

“That kind of incitement to violence is only going to chill other witnesses when they come forward,” California Congressman Adam Schiff  said, according to The Los Angeles Times.  “And that is its very intent, to intimidate the witnesses.

“It’s pretty clear the president is going to make [the inquiry] as difficult as possible, and do so in as dangerous and unethical a way as possible,” he added.

That’s pretty rich coming from a guy who literally fabricated dialogue between President Trump and Ukraine President Zelensky. You read that right, when the transcript of the call was released it didn’t prove allegations that Trump had tried to strongarm Zelensky into digging up dirt on presidential candidate Joe Biden. So when the whistleblower’s (who didn’t even hear the phone call first hand) allegations weren’t proven, Schiff made up his own transcript in order to nail Trump and fool the American people while testifying before a House Intel Committee hearing on Thursday.

But, let’s talk more about “ethics,” Schiff.

The Dem rep took his latest Trump complaint to the next level when he filed a formal complaint with House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings.

“President Trump is fully aware that our committees are seeking testimony from this whistleblower and others referenced in the whistleblower’s complaint released today as part of the House’s impeachment inquiry, and our nation’s laws prohibit efforts to discourage, intimidate or otherwise pressure a witness not to provide testimony to Congress,” the statement read.

Louis Clark, executive director of the Government Accountability Project also condemned Trump for the comments.

“As we have seen not only this week, but throughout the history of this nation, whistleblowers are vital to protecting democracy, the rule of law, and our Constitution,” Clark said. “Whistleblowers should be celebrated and protected, not targeted.”

Details have come out regarding the identity of the whistleblower, who is said to have deep ties to the Democrat Party and works for the CIA. The New York Times justified disclosing the information despite Trump reportedly not asking for the information.

Many believe if anyone is guilty of nefarious deeds with a witness (whistleblower), it’s the NYTimes.

Former U.S. attorney Joe diGenvoa unleashed fury over the whistleblower on Thursday saying they belong in prison.

“What we’re now seeing is the Democratic party trying to cover that up and therefore you have the whistleblower in the White House come forward, who actually knows nothing. And has created a document with the help of lawyers from other people,” diGenova said.

“This whistleblower needs to go to prison,” he added.

White House counselor Kellyanne Conway also relayed a fiery message directly to the “blowhard” whistleblower on Thursday. “I hope you’re watching…” she said.


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