Trump: Whistleblower Lawyer Mark Zaid 'should Be Sued And Maybe For Treason'
President Trump suggested that the lawyer of the whistleblower should be sued and argued it should be for treason. The president made the claim on Friday morning while he spoke to reporters outside the White House before he departed for Georgia.
“So, the whistleblower is a disgrace to our country,” the president said. “And the whistleblower, because of that, should be revealed. And his lawyer, who said the worst things possibly two years ago, he should be sued and maybe for treason. Maybe for treason, but he should be sued. His lawyer is a disgrace.”
The whistleblower’s lawyer, Mark Zaid, has been a public critic of the president prior to representing his current client. He warned in a 2017 tweet that a “coup has started” and that there is a “rebellion” going on to impeach Trump.
Zaid said the tweets “were reflective and repeated the sentiments of millions of people” and added in a recent statement that “I was referring to a completely lawful process of what President Trump would likely face as a result of stepping over the line, and that particularly whatever would happen would come about as a result of lawyers.”
The president’s remarks came less than 24 hours after another attorney for the whistleblower, Andrew Bakaj, sent a cease-and-desist letter to the White House in order to stop the president’s verbal jabs at the whistleblower.
Trump, after hearing about Zaid’s old tweets, called him a “sleazeball,” during his Wednesday night rally in Louisiana.
The whistleblower is alleged to be Eric Ciaramella, a career CIA analyst. He was Ukraine director on the National Security Council during the end of the Obama administration and remained there during the early months of the Trump administration when he was briefly acting senior director for European and Russian affairs.
On Oct. 7, the Washington Examiner reported that Ciaramella, 33, is now a deputy national intelligence officer for Russia and Eurasia on the National Intelligence Council, reporting to the director of national intelligence.