Two years before the unnamed whistleblower levied accusations of corruption against President Donald Trump, his current lawyer posted disturbing tweets about a “#coup” that would involve the president’s eventual “#impeachment.”
“#Coup has started. First of many steps. #rebellion. #impeachment will follow ultimately. #lawyers,” factually challenged attorney Mark S. Zaid tweeted on Jan. 30, 2017, only days after Trump’s inauguration.
Six months later, he posted two additional tweets vowing that “[w]e will get rid of him” and predicting that the anti-Trump network CNN would “play a key role” in Trump’s ouster.
#coup has started. First of many steps. #rebellion. #impeachment will follow ultimately. #lawyers https://t.co/FiNBQo6v0S
— Mark S. Zaid (@MarkSZaidEsq) January 31, 2017
It’s very scary. We will get rid of him, and this country is strong enough to survive even him and his supporters. We have to.
— Mark S. Zaid (@MarkSZaidEsq) July 2, 2017
Not shocking at all. I predict @CNN will play a key role in @realDonaldTrump not finishing out his full term as president https://t.co/7QPOxATrBS
— Mark S. Zaid (@MarkSZaidEsq) July 4, 2017
Archived copies of the tweets may be accessed here, here and here in case he chooses to delete them.
Two months after his final set of tweets, Zaid co-founded Whistleblower Aid, a firm whose stated purpose is to help “patriotic government employees and brave, private-sector workers report and publicize their concerns — safely, lawfully, and responsibly.”
“We help government employees and private-sector workers uphold their obligations and protect the public. Whistleblower Aid provides lawful alternatives to illicit leaking,” the firm’s mission statement reads.
Almost exactly two years later, Zaid’s accepted the partisan anti-Trump whistleblower as a client.
These newly uncovered revelations about the whistleblower attorney’s activities have sparked concerns among congressional Republicans and their allies that the whistleblower’s accusations against the president are part of a purposefully engineered “deep state” political hit job designed to spur his ouster from office.
“The lawyer behind the so-called whistleblower has been calling for a ‘coup’ against the president of the United States since January 2017,” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy tweeted on Wednesday evening. “We should take him at his word that this is a coordinated, premeditated plot to overturn the election.”
A slew of other notable figures, including the president’s children, appear to believe similarly.
The lawyer behind the so-called whistleblower has been calling for a “coup” against the President of the United States since January 2017.
We should take him at his word that this is a coordinated, premeditated plot to overturn the election.https://t.co/RejktfqU4s
— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) November 7, 2019
Oops! You mean to tell me this was orchestrated?! People should go to prison for this kind of conduct…
‘Coup has started,’ whistleblower’s attorney said in 2017 posts calling for impeachment https://t.co/y2Xoz3yQOR #FoxNews
— Eric Trump (@EricTrump) November 7, 2019
If the “whistleblower’s” Attorney has been plotting a coup against President Trump since 2017 then this whole thing looks and sounds like a setup and a sham!
— Diamond and Silk® (@DiamondandSilk) November 7, 2019
So let me get this straight…
We have a “whistleblower” who hates Trump and was fired from the White House for leaking,
And his attorney who talked about starting a “coup” to impeach Donald Trump…
And we are supposed to believe this is legitimate? ?
— Ryan Fournier (@RyanAFournier) November 6, 2019
10 days after President Trump was inaugurated, the “whistleblower’s” attorney tweeted:
“The coup has started”
This has been a coordinated effort from day one
Release the whistleblower’s identity
Force both him AND the attorney to testify
Get to the bottom of this coup
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) November 6, 2019
We also have to stop letting Dems and the MSM create this false narrative,
He’s not a “whistleblower.” He’s a clandestine operative in a coup against a duly elected president.
Stop letting them normalize and sanitize him and his motives.
— John Cardillo (@johncardillo) November 6, 2019
If it wasn’t clear before, it should be crystal clear now that the Democrats, the “whistleblower,” and his attorney are not concerned with truth, fairness, or justice in their quest to remove @POTUS @realDonaldTrump from office. https://t.co/BhgjroI1fR
— Rep Andy Biggs (@RepAndyBiggsAZ) November 7, 2019
It’s been a coup from the start. https://t.co/OTGAeCiX08
— Joel B. Pollak (@joelpollak) November 6, 2019
The president is aware of the tweets and mentioned them at a rally late Wednesday in Louisiana, adding that Zaid is a “sleazeball.”
“It’s all a hoax, it’s a scam, and you know who helps them? These people, the media,” he said after reading the tweets to a large crowd of supporters.
(Source: Right Side Broadcasting Network)
In a statement to Law & Crime, Zaid denied any wrongdoing.
“In the time since that tweet was posted, which was referring to lawyers serving as the force of good to prevent this president from doing harm to our democracy, I’ve probably represented more Republicans, including White House officials, than Democrats,” he said. “This is nothing more than the continuing partisan deflection to desperately avoid discussing the substance of my client’s whistleblower complaint.”
When asked specifically about his explicitly expressed desire to “get rid of” the president, he replied, “I referred to any lawful methods that exist, whether impeachment, if justified, or voting him out. My views are in sync with the majority of the country. In fact, there are tweets I made that speak out against impeachment.”
A search of his Twitter feed revealed one tweet he sent last April in which he didn’t exactly speak out against impeachment but rather warned that impeaching the president could ultimately backfire on Democrats:
Some arguing for impeachment proceedings notwithstanding Senate won’t convict at this time bc will stigmatize Trump w/* on presidency.
20 years after Clinton was impeached by House I see no stigma on him & he likely actually ares where Trump does not.
I’d be careful here.
— Mark S. Zaid (@MarkSZaidEsq) April 25, 2019
— Mark S. Zaid (@MarkSZaidEsq) April 25, 2019
Yet in a tweet posted a year earlier, he made it very clear how he felt about removing Trump from office:
This President needs to be removed from office. Plain and simple. Whether through impeachment, criminal trial or simply losing the 2020 election, but he & his family need to leave office. This is not about GOP vs. DEM. It is about democracy vs. dictatorship/King. #Resistance https://t.co/O19Ptn4IrA
— Mark S. Zaid (@MarkSZaidEsq) June 15, 2018
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