With repeated threats to the whistleblower, Trump is behaving like an underworld mobster who is trying to use violence to silence his dissenters.
By Rakesh Raman
Andrew Bakaj, a lawyer for the Ukraine whistleblower – whose complaint has formed the basis for an ongoing House impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump – has sent a “cease and desist” notice to the White House. The lawyer’s notice warns Trump to stop attacking his client, the whistleblower.
The lawyer said in his letter dated November 7 that Trump’s rhetoric and activity is placing the whistleblower and their family in physical danger. The letter, published by CNN, adds that Trump’s public statements are intimidating the whistleblower.
“If the President or any Member of Congress engages in rhetoric or activity that places my client in danger, they will be held personally responsible. As I have already stated: my team and I are keeping all options on the table,” the lawyer also said in his tweet.
If the President or any Member of Congress engages in rhetoric or activity that places my client in danger, they will be held personally responsible. As I have already stated: my team and I are keeping all options on the table.
— Andrew P. Bakaj (@AndrewBakaj) November 6, 2019
Of late, a transcript of a call between Trump and his Ukrainian counterpart reveals that Trump asked for Ukraine help to investigate a case related to Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden who is expected to be his rival in the 2020 presidential election.
In the phone call that took place between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on July 25, Trump asked the Ukrainian leader to work with the U.S. attorney general to investigate the Biden case.
Trump and his accomplices such as Rudy Giuliani (who is also facing criminal investigation in this case) and a slew of Republicans are making unsubstantiated claims that Joe Biden – as the former U.S. Vice President – had improperly influenced Ukraine to protect his son, Hunter Biden, in a corruption case.
As Trump was trying to take Ukraine help to intervene in the 2020 election so that he could attack his rival Biden with corruption allegations, a whistleblower reported the matter to a State Department inspector general.
The whistleblower’s complaint has become the basis of a new impeachment inquiry against Trump announced by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). Pelosi said Trump’s actions amount to betrayal of the national security and betrayal of the integrity of U.S. elections.
While Trump is scared of impeachment and possible imprisonment for his alleged crime to steal the U.S. election with foreign help, he has threatened to identify and eliminate the whistleblower who has complained against him. With such threats to the whistleblower, Trump is behaving like an underworld mobster who is trying to use violence to silence his dissenters.
It is alleged that in order to take Ukraine’s illegal help for investigating an already closed Biden case, Trump withheld nearly $400 million of U.S. aid to Ukraine. While opening the impeachment inquiry, Democrats allege that Trump has misused U.S. foreign policy and taxpayer dollars for personal gain which is an obvious offence.
Meanwhile, in an ongoing RMN Poll, 55% of people suggest that Congress should impeach Trump who also had allegedly taken Russia’s help to win the 2016 presidential race.
By Rakesh Raman, who is a national award-winning journalist and social activist. He is the founder of the humanitarian organization RMN Foundation which is working in diverse areas to help the disadvantaged and distressed people in the society. He also creates and publishes a number of digital publications on different subjects.
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