The whistleblower’s lawyer is “seriously concerned” after Trump tweeted a series of rambling, angry directives aimed at the government official who brought his Ukraine phone call to the intelligence community.
Trump, livid that he might be impeached, has demanded that he know who the whistleblower is, and who leaked information to them.
In response to the repeated calls by Trump to have the whistleblower publicly identified, the person’s lawyer has penned a letter to Joseph Maguire, the acting director of national intelligence, where they ask that the whistleblower be afforded federal protection.
The letter to Director Maguire insists that recent events “have heightened our concerns that our client’s identity will be disclosed publicly and that, as a result, our client will be put in harm’s way.” The letter, which is signed by lawyer Andrew P. Bakaj, alleges that some unnamed persons have even offered up to $50,000 for information that corroborates the whistleblower’s identity.
At the time of this writing, lawyer Mark Zaid has confirmed that the whistleblower does not yet have federal protection, but talks are underway with Congress to extend such protections to them. Federal whistleblower laws protect the anonymity of those who come forward with evidence of wrongdoing, and such laws apply in this case as well.
In a series of tweets on Sunday, Trump indicated his strong desire for the whistleblower to be publicly identified. “Like every American, I deserve to meet my accuser, especially when this accuser, the so-called ‘Whistleblower,’ represented a perfect conversation with a foreign leader in a totally inaccurate and fraudulent way,” Trump tweeted out.
It’s worth noting that the Trump Administration willingly released a transcript summarizing the call that was alarming enough to convince the House to begin their impeachment inquiry. The call includes the surprising statement that the Ukrainian president should work together with William Barr, the Attorney General, and Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s personal lawyer, in order to “investigate” Trump’s political rival, Joe Biden.
Numerous fact-checking sources have come forward to state that there is no evidence of wrongdoing by Biden in Ukraine, nor his son, Hunter. Hunter Biden worked on the board of a Ukrainian company while Joe Biden was Vice President, though there does not appear to have been any investigation into either, nor suspicion of wrongdoing.