December 30, 2019
On December 26, Donald Trump retweeted an article that had appeared in the Washington Examiner earlier this month—allegedly revealing the name of “the whistleblower” who had filed a complaint about the president’s dealings with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky.
The whistleblower made his or her report after a July 25 phone call between the U.S. and Ukraine leaders, during which Trump purportedly extorted Zelensky—withholding nearly $400 million in congressionally approved military aid and a White House meeting until Zelensky agreed to publicly announce an investigation into the 2016 election; as well as into dealings in Ukraine by Democratic candidate Joe Biden and his son, Hunter.
According to a report by Mediaite, the Thursday night email represented the first time that Trump had exposed the name of the whistleblower in any manner.
Trump apparently was “goaded” into retweeting the Washington Examiner story after the whistleblower’s attorney, Mark Zaid, slammed Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tennessee) for her attacks on the informant and called on her to step down from the Senate whistleblower caucus.
When the president’s reelection team, known as the Trump War Room, jumped in to defend Blackburn, Trump also took to Twitter.
Now, there is bound to blowback for Trump. Several conservative outlets to date have identified the person alleged to be the whistleblower. No major news organization has yet reported the name.
Angry tweets from Americans followed the president’s revelation—many asking for another article of impeachment to be drafted for his “outing” of the whistleblower.
Research contact: @Mediaite