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Trump Unloads on Whistleblower

Person is 'almost a spy' and 'you know what we used to do in the old days,' says president
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 26, 2019 1:55 PM CDT
President Trump speaks to the media after arriving at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

(Newser) – It's another day of non-stop developments on the impeachment front—including the release of the whistleblower report and the testimony of the director of national intelligence—and President Trump made some related headlines of his own. Speaking at a breakfast Thursday morning, the president likened the still-unidentified person who filed the whistleblower complaint to a spy who committed treason, reports the Los Angeles Times. The newspaper obtained a recording of Trump's remarks at the Intercontinental Hotel in New York. Highlights and related developments, including a report that the whistleblower is a CIA officer.

  • Tough words: Trump said the person who filed the complaint is "almost a spy," as is anyone who gave him details about the phone call. “I want to know who’s the person, who’s the person who gave the whistleblower the information?" Trump said. "Because that’s close to a spy. You know what we used to do in the old days when we were smart? Right? The spies and treason, we used to handle it a little differently than we do now.”
  • Other comments: Trump lashed out at the whistleblower in particular because he did not directly hear the famous July phone call between Trump and Ukraine leader Volodymyr Zelensky; he called reporters "scum;" he insulted Joe Biden's intelligence and reiterated that it's Biden who should be the focus of an investigation; and he accused Democratic senators including Chris Murphy of Connecticut of having "strong-armed" Zelensky on a visit there.

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