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Trump Names Who He Thinks the Whistleblower Is

President retweets the alleged whistleblower's name

(Newser) - President Trump retweeted a post that included the alleged name of the whistleblower whose complaint ultimately led to Trump’s impeachment by the House. Just before midnight Friday, Trump retweeted a message from Twitter user @Surfermom77, an account that claims to be a woman named Sophia who lives in California.... More »

Report: Trump Knew About Complaint Before Aid Released

He distances himself from Giuliani's Ukraine work

(Newser) - New allegations in the New York Times could be big news for the impeachment inquiry, if they can be proven. The Times, citing "two people familiar with the matter," reports that President Trump knew about the whistleblower's complaint when he decided to unfreeze military aid to Ukraine.... More »

Schiff Tells GOP 'No' on Whisteblower Testimony

Evidence makes that 'redundant,' Democratic chairman says

(Newser) - House Republicans submitted the names of people on Saturday they want to call as witnesses in the impeachment inquiry. The whistleblower was on the list. Democrat Adam Schiff, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, has answered that there's no point, because evidence and testimony have more than confirmed the... More »

Rand Paul Starts a New Chant at Trump Rally

'Do your job!' is plea to media to print whistleblower's name

(Newser) - Rand Paul didn't just speak in support of President Trump at a Monday night rally in Kentucky, he got the crowd revved up with a whole new chant: "Do your job!" The chant emerged after Paul implored the media to identify the whistleblower who instigated the Trump... More »

Trump: Naming Whistleblower Would Be 'Public Service'

'You know who it is,' he tells reporters

(Newser) - President Trump is fond of attacking the press—but on Sunday, he asked the media to do something for him. The president, speaking to reporters outside the White House, urged them to name the whistleblower who reported his "perfecto" phone call with Ukraine's president, leading to the impeachment... More »

Whistleblower's Lawyer to GOP: We'll Give You Answers

Mark Zaid extends the offer to Rep. Devin Nunes

(Newser) - A lawyer for the whistleblower who raised alarms about President Donald Trump's dealings with Ukraine said Sunday his client is willing to answer written questions submitted by House Republicans, the AP reports. The surprise offer, made to Rep. Devin Nunes, the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, would... More »

Republicans 'Name' Trump Whistleblower

But others want the whistleblower's identity kept secret

(Newser) - Is the Trump whistleblower's identity already an open secret? That's what some Republican lawmakers and conservative media outlets are saying as they call for the whistleblower to be subpoenaed or outright exposed, the Wall Street Journal reports. But outlets that name the individual lack hard evidence other than... More »

Whistleblower Attorneys to GOP: Lay Off Our Client

Andrew Bakaj and Mark Zaid make their case in the 'Washington Post'

(Newser) - The Ukraine whistleblower's identity will remain under wraps, as long as his—or her—attorneys have a say in it. "Speculation about the whistleblower's identity has only increased," Andrew Bakaj and Mark Zaid write in the Washington Post . "As each allegation in the complaint is... More »

Whistleblower's Lawyer: Report of Ties to Biden Misleading

Whistleblower's legal team pushes back

(Newser) - On Wednesday, President Trump made another accusation against the Ukraine-call whistleblower—and the whistleblower's legal team is pushing back. The president's assertion : that "the Whistleblower has ties to one of my DEMOCRAT OPPONENTS," leading to a "conflict of interest." The Washington Examiner notes Trump'... More »

Report: Official Said Trump's Ukraine Call Was 'Crazy'

Whistleblower listed 3 reasons why he might be accused of anti-Trump bias

(Newser) - New details have surfaced from the whistleblower complaint that sparked the Trump impeachment inquiry. In a memo reviewed by the New York Times , the whistleblower wrote that a White House official who listened to President Trump's July 25 phone call with Ukraine's president found the conversation "crazy"... More »

Trump Accuses Pelosi of Treason

He says House speaker, other Democrats 'must be impeached'

(Newser) - President Trump is continuing to fight back against the impeachment inquiry by calling for his critics to be impeached. After calling for Mitt Romney's impeachment on Saturday—and continuing to hammer him Sunday —the president called for the impeachment of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Sunday night, accusing... More »

As Impeachment Looms, New Troubles for Trump

White House has been subpoenaed, and there's a possible 2nd whistleblower

(Newser) - For the first time, the impeachment inquiry reached directly into the White House on Friday as Democrats subpoenaed officials about contacts with Ukraine. "We deeply regret that President Trump has put us—and the nation—in this position, but his actions have left us with no choice," wrote... More »

WSJ Sees Hypocrisy Among Trump's Critics

'Wall Street Journal' editorial says his opponents are trampling constitutional norms

(Newser) - The conservative editorial page of the Wall Street Journal sees an "irony" at play in the current DC turmoil: "In the rush to impeach Mr. Trump for his real or imagined violations of political norms, his opponents have no problem violating norms themselves," declares an editorial. The... More »

There's Another Whistleblower

And this one has made an accusation about Trump's tax returns

(Newser) - Tired of reading about the President Trump whistleblower complaint? Well there's another complaint involving Trump that kind of flew under the media radar, Business Insider reports. Turns out a federal worker presented "an unsolicited communication" on July 29 summarizing allegations of "inappropriate efforts to influence" the compulsory... More »

Schiff Got Early Heads-Up About Whistleblower's Concerns

Leading Trump to accuse the House Intel chair of helping to craft the complaint

(Newser) - The whistleblower who filed a complaint about President Trump's Ukraine phone call contacted a House Intelligence Committee aide before formally making that complaint, sources tell the New York Times . The CIA officer first had a colleague convey his concerns about the call to the CIA's top lawyer; then,... More »

Trump Says He 'Deserves' to Meet Whistleblower

'I deserve to meet my accuser,' he says

(Newser) - President Trump has called the Ukraine whistleblower "almost a spy" who should be handled like we "used to do in the old days when we were smart." Now he says he wants to meet him or her. "Like every American, I deserve to meet my accuser,... More »

WH Concealed Calls With Putin, Crown Prince: Report

As well as reported convo in which Trump told Russians election interference didn't concern him

(Newser) - As an impeachment inquiry into President Trump gains momentum after a whistleblower complaint regarding his July phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymr Zelensky, more stories are breaking that suggest a concealment like the one alleged after the Trump-Zelensky call may not have been limited to that call. Sources tell CNN... More »

Trump's Envoy to Ukraine Quits Amid Whistleblower Hubbub

Kurt Volker steps down after Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani says they were in frequent contact

(Newser) - Kurt Volker, a former US ambassador to NATO caught in the middle of a whistleblower complaint over President Trump's dealings with Ukraine, resigned Friday from his post as special envoy to the Eastern European nation, according to a US official. The official said Volker told Secretary of State Mike... More »

NYT Defends Publishing Details on Whistleblower

Sources say intelligence officer submitted concerns to CIA first

(Newser) - The Trump whistleblower took his concerns about the president's dealings with Ukraine to the CIA general counsel before deciding to file a formal complaint, reports the New York Times , which cites multiple sources. The sources say the whistleblower submitted an anonymous complaint to the general counsel, Courtney Simmons Elwood,... More »

Intel Chief Backs Whistleblower's Actions

Joseph Maguire testifies before Congress

(Newser) - President Trump has questioned the patriotism of the intelligence official who filed a whistleblower complaint against him, but the acting director of national intelligence feels otherwise. "I think the whistleblower did the right thing," Joseph Maguire said Thursday during testimony before the House Intelligence Committee, per Reuters . "... More »

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