U.S. President Donald Trump said that the informant who gave the anonymous whistleblower information about his phone conversation with the President of Ukraine, Vladimir Zelensky, faces “serious consequences”.
Amid the growing threat of impeachment caused by the scandal surrounding his conversation with Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky, The White House chief of staff Donald Trump has said he wants to meet in person with an intelligence official.The American leader announced this on Monday, September 30, on his Twitter page.
“Like any American, I deserve the opportunity to meet with my accuser, especially if this accuser, the so-called whistleblower, represents the perfect conversation with a foreign leader in a completely inaccurate and false manner,” Trump wrote in a my microblog.
Speaking of Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff, who chairs the House Intelligence Committee, Trump noted that he recorded and then read out “terrible things,” saying they were said by the president. In this regard, the head of state spoke about the need to interrogate Schiff “at the highest level” on suspicion of fraud and treason.
The day before, Adam Schiff said that Democrats in Congress will try to find out whether Trump is hiding the details of his conversations with other international leaders, such as Vladimir Putin and the Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud, thus harming the interests of national security.
Lawyers for Trump whistleblower fear for his safety
Finally, the head of the White House threatened “serious consequences” to the informant, who gave the whistleblower information about his phone conversation with Zelensky. Trump recalled that this man was “spying on the president of the United States.”
Meanwhile, the lawyers of the anonymous whistleblower wrote to the Senate Intelligence Committee expressing their view that they were seriously concerned for the safety of their client and “all other persons connected with the case”. At the same time, one of the lawyers in an interview with the online publication The Hill noted that earlier reports that the whistleblower is under the protection of the federal authorities, are caused by the fact that the news media “completely misinterpreted” the content letters from their law office, which was in their possession.
How the scandal erupted over the Conversation between Trump and Zelensky
The Washington Post and The New York Times reported on September 19, citing sources, about a complaint by an unnamed U.S. intelligence official that concerned Ukraine and concerned U.S. national interests. A little later, CNN suggested that the incident may have been related to a telephone conversation between the us and Ukrainian presidents on July 25. According to the media, Trump hinted during his conversation with Zelensky, that he would block the allocation of $250 million in military aid to Ukraine if Kiev refuses to launch an investigation into former U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden.
In the wake of the scandal, Democrats in the U.S. Congress began to demand the start of impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump. The head of the White House denied all the accusations against him and claimed that the recording of the conversation with Zelennsky would put an end to all speculations of his political opponents.
However, U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced on Tuesday, September 24, the beginning of the impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump. “No one is above the law,” the Democratic party spokeswoman said. She called Trump’s call to Zelensky a violation of his constitutional duties.
Transcript for Interview and Text of Agent’s Complaint
On September 25, the White House published a transcript of the telephone conversation between the presidents of the United States and Ukraine. The transcript, in particular, shows that Trump actually encouraged the services of his personal lawyer, Rudolph Giuliani, to launch an investigation into the former U.S. vice president and likely Democratic nominee. 2020 election Joe Biden and his son Hunter, who was formerly a member of the board of directors of the Ukrainian gas company Burisma. According to Trump, during his time as U.S. Vice President Joe Biden defended Hunter from the investigation in Ukraine in the corruption case, having achieved the dismissal of the Attorney General of Ukraine.
On September 26, the U.S. House of Representatives released the text of a complaint about Trump’s phone conversation with Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky, filed with the House Intelligence Committee by an unnamed intelligence official. The document suggested that Trump was trying to get another country to interfere in the 2020 U.S. election.
“During my duties, I have received information from many U.S. administration officials that the President of the United States is using his office to interfere with a foreign state in the 2020 U.S. election. This intervention includes, among other things, pressure on a foreign state to investigate one of the president’s main rivals in the domestic political arena. The President’s personal lawyer, Rudolph Giuliani, is one of the central figures in this case, which appears to involve Attorney General Barr,” reads the informant’s report, dated August 12.
The report notes that a number of White House staffers were also wary of Trump’s conversationwith sin. According to the informant, they said that the president was abusing his powers for personal purposes. The report also said that after Trump’s phone conversation with Zelensky, a number of White House staffers tried to restrict access to the contents of the conversation.