Trump playfully chides Steve Doocy over unknown whistleblower identity: ‘Come on’

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President Donald Trump appeared on “Fox & Friends” Friday morning and shocked the Fox News morning hosts by telling them that when it comes to the impeachment effort by Democrats, he wants a trial — to ensure due process.

“Don’t forget, there was no due process: You can’t have lawyers, we couldn’t have any witnesses,” Trump said. “We want to call the whistleblower. But you know who I want to call as the first witness. Because frankly, I want a trial.”

In the interview, the president chided host Steve Doocy in a somewhat good-natured manner over a quip about the whistleblower who had concerns about Trump’s phone call with Ukraine

As co-host Brian Kilmeade attempted to turn their focus on the 2020 election, Doocy interrupted to comment on the whistleblower — most likely responding to a voice in his ear.

“Mr. President, you said we know the name of the whistleblower,” Doocy said. “We’ve seen names on the internet. We have no idea who the whistleblower is.”

 

“No! I don’t believe —” Trump said, as they began to talk over one another.

“I don’t think Steve has ever told a lie, Ainsley, and Brian, in his life,” Trump then said. “But that one I’m sort of thinking, come on.”

“We’ve seen names online, Mr. President,” Doocy responded. “We don’t have any verification.”

“And it doesn’t matter anyway. We’re not going to use it,” Kilmeade chimed in

“You don’t need verification,” President Trump replied. “You know exactly who it is.”

A name has been floated around on the internet on who the whistleblower is. Most news sources, to include BizPac Review, haven’t published the name because of legal protections that may apply as a result of the 1989 Whistleblower Protection Act.

The New York Times reported early on that the whistleblower is a CIA official who was assigned to the White House at the time. The official wasn’t on the call between Trump and the Ukrainian president and had to be tipped off on what was discussed.

There was an interesting moment on Tuesday, when Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, was questioning Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman during the Democratic Party’s impeachment inquiry, as the GOP lawmaker methodically narrowed down who the source may have been.

There were only three people listening to Trump’s call with Ukraine, Vindman, his boss Tim Morrison, the departing senior director of European and Russian affairs at the National Security Council, and Jennifer Williams, an adviser to Vice President Mike Pence.

Jordan said Morrison and Williams were willing to answer questions about who they spoke with about the call while Vindman was less forthcoming.

Vindman admitted that he did talk with someone in the intelligence community, but would not even name the agency involved.

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