Whistleblower's Lawyer Sends Cease-And-Desist to Trump to 'Stop Him Attacking Client'
Letter demands President discontinue attacks against whistleblower
One of the attorneys for the "whistleblower" whose complaint led to House Democrats' impeachment inquiry, sent a cease-and-desist letter to White House counsel Pat Cipollone, demanding President Donald Trump discontinues attacks on his client.
CNN reported Andrew Bakaj wrote to the White House accusing Trump of "engaging in rhetoric."
"I am writing to respectfully request that you counsel your client on the legal and ethical peril in which he is placing himself should anyone be physically harmed as a result of his, or his surrogates', behavior," Bakaj wrote.
He added the President was "engaging in rhetoric and activity that places my client, the Intelligence Community Whistleblower, and their family in physical danger."
On Monday, Trump urged the so-called ‘whistleblower’ to testify after lawyers agreed to let him answer written questions from House Republicans.
“He must be brought forward to testify,” Trump wrote.
“Written answers not acceptable!" he added.
Trump said the “whistleblower” gave false information about his call with the Ukrainian president and worked with House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff before filing the complaint.
The report alleges that Trump used the power of his office to pressure Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
According to Bakaj's letter, it cites instances in which Trump said that revealing the name of the whistleblower would "be doing the public service," the news network reports.
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"These are not words of an individual with a firm grasp of the significance of the office which he occupies, nor a fundamental understanding of the significance of each word he articulates by virtue of occupying that office," wrote Bakaj in his letter.
"Should anyone be physically harmed, my co-counsel, Mark Zaid, and I will not hesitate to take any and all appropriate action against your client."
"Those who are complicit in this vindictive campaign against my client, whether through action or inaction, shall also be responsible, be that legally or morally," the lawyer stated.
On Thursday, Trump launched his political rally in Lousiana by reading aloud the Ukraine whistleblower's lawyer's tweets vowing a “coup” against the president, years before the complaint was filed.
Trump pulled out a copy of the news story, first reported by Fox News, and read aloud the tweets by anti-Trump lawyer Mark Zaid to the cheering crowd.
“I don’t know if you saw, I’m coming off the plane and they hand me — look at this character — they just hand me this story,” he said, referring to Zaid, the attorney for the whistleblower who sparked the impeachment inquiry.