Trump Fires Off Frantic Tweet Demanding ‘Con’ Whistleblower To Show His Face
President Donald Trump, who has spent Monday morning fuming on Twitter, launched another attack against the anonymous whistleblower who raised an alarm about his contacts with Ukraine, demanding that he/she testify in person.
The president said it was “not acceptable” for the whistleblower to answer written questions from Republican lawmakers in connection with the House impeachment inquiry, as his attorneys communicated was on the table on Sunday. He then claimed without evidence that the whistleblower gave “false information.”
Trump also referenced revelations that the whistleblower contacted House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff’s (D-Calif.) committee for guidance before filing the complaint, calling the top Democrat “corrupt.”
“The Whistleblower gave false information & dealt with corrupt politician Schiff. He must be brought forward to testify,” Trump tweeted Monday morning.
“Written answers not acceptable! Where is the 2nd Whistleblower? He disappeared after I released the transcript. Does he even exist? Where is the informant? Con!”
The Whistleblower gave false information & dealt with corrupt politician Schiff. He must be brought forward to testify. Written answers not acceptable! Where is the 2nd Whistleblower? He disappeared after I released the transcript. Does he even exist? Where is the informant? Con!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 4, 2019
Trump has long accused the whistleblower of providing a misleading account of his July 25 call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and highlighted that the complaint relied on second-hand accounts of other people.
According to a White House rough transcript of the call, Trump asked Zelensky to look into unsubstantiated allegations against former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter’s business dealings in Ukraine.
House investigators have heard testimony from a number of witnesses in connection with the impeachment inquiry, including one person, Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, who was a firsthand witness to Trump’s July call with Ukraine.
Vindman, a Purple Heart recipient who is not a political appointee, told lawmakers behind closed doors that he was so concerned about Trump raising an investigation into Biden and his son’s business relationship with Ukrainian energy company Burisma Holdings that he reported it to the White House National Security Council’s (NSC) lawyer, according to a copy of his prepared remarks.
“I realized that if Ukraine pursued an investigation into the Bidens and Burisma, it would likely be interpreted as a partisan play which would undoubtedly result in Ukraine losing the bipartisan support it has thus far maintained. This would all undermine U.S. national security,” his remarks read.
Trump has accused Vindman of being a left-wing “Never Trumper” and on Sunday said more information would soon be released about him.
Schiff said last month that the committee likely didn’t need the testimony of the whistleblower because Democrats already had a transcript of the call.
The White House has thus far refused to cooperate in the impeachment inquiry, accusing House Democrats of engaging in a “sham” and an unfair process meant to overturn the results of the 2016 election.