During a press interview in front of the White House, President Trump criticized Mark Zaid, attorney of the whistleblower whose complaint sparked the impeachment inquiry, calling him a “disgrace,” and suggesting that he should be sued.
Trump’s comment: “His [the whistleblower’s] lawyer who said the things possibly two years ago, he should be sued and maybe for treason. Maybe for treason, but he should be sued. His lawyer is a disgrace,” Trump said referencing Zaid’s 2017 tweets, in which Zaid said “coup has started,” and promised to “get rid of him.”
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— Mark S. Zaid (@MarkSZaidEsq) January 31, 2017
“45 years from now we might be recalling stories regarding the impeachment of @realDonaldTrump. I’ll be old, but will be worth the wait,” Zaid tweeted in June 2017.
Zaid’s explanation: On Thursday, Zaid defended his series of tweets against the president. “Those tweets were reflective and repeated the sentiments of millions of people,” Zaid said in a statement to Fox News.
“I was referring to a completely lawful process of what President Trump would likely face as a result of stepping over the line, and that particularly whatever would happen would come about as a result of lawyers. The coup comment referred to those working inside the Administration who were already, just a week into office, standing up to him to enforce recognized rules of law.“
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President Trump also called the whistleblower “fake,” claiming almost everything he wrote in his complaint is fake. “I call him the fake whistleblower, he gave a fake report of my phone call,” he said. “When I released that call, all of a sudden everybody disappeared, the whistleblower disappeared.”
“Why isn’t the first whistleblower going to testify anymore? You know why? Because everything he wrote in that report, almost was a lie,” he said, adding “My phone call was perfect, he made it sound bad.”
“So the whistle-blower is a disgrace to our country” Trump noted.
On Thursday, President Trump posted a tweet calling for the end of the “impeachment hoax.”
Based on the information released last night about the Fake Whistleblowers attorney, the Impeachment Hoax should be ended IMMEDIATELY! There is no case, except against the other side!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 7, 2019
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