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Trump trying to find out the identity of Ukraine whistleblower, sparking legal concerns

2019-10-01

Total snitch hunt.

President Trump said Monday he wants to know the identity of the whistle-blower who sounded the alarm on his attempts to solicit Ukrainian interference in the 2020 election, prompting accusations that he’s violating federal law.

“We’re trying to find out,” Trump told reporters in the Oval Office of the whistle-blower, who submitted an anonymous complaint charging that during a phone call Trump tried to pressure Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate Joe Biden, the Democratic front-runner for president.

Trump did not elaborate on how he’s trying to unearth the identity of the whistleblower, and a White House spokeswoman did not return a request for comment.

The whistleblower’s legal team rapidly accused the president of potentially violating federal law.

“The Intel Community Whistleblower is entitled to anonymity. Law and policy support this and the individual is not to be retaliated against. Doing so is a violation of federal law,” tweeted Andrew Bakaj, one of the whistleblower’s attorneys.

House Democrats are aggressively investigating whether to impeach Trump over his Ukrainian contacts.

As part of that inquiry, they are hoping to secure testimony from the whistleblower, whose identity remains unknown, though reports have suggested the person is a CIA employee.