Published: Thu, November 07, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Trump Jr. tweets article claiming whistleblower worked with Steele

Trump Jr. tweets article claiming whistleblower worked with Steele

Republicans say they've been told to submit a list of witnesses they'd like to call in the impeachment inquiry by Saturday - and one of President Donald Trump's top defenders says at the top of the list will be the whistleblower who first sounded the alarm about the president's posture toward Ukraine.

Since the alleged whistleblower's identity, protected by special legislation, hasn't been confirmed, Trump Jr.'s tweets bringing up a concrete name met a barrage of criticism, despite it having been mentioned many times before.

"There is no Whistleblower. Numerous people & news outlets including Real Clear Politics already ID'd him", Trump Jr. tweeted. Rand Paul called on Republicans in Capitol Hill to subpoena former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter, as well as the whistleblower.

"We also now know the name of the whistle-blower". "There is no law preventing anybody from saying the name".

"That is why the "whistleblower" must testify under oath and in person".

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"It most certainly will not relieve the president of the need to address the substantive allegations, all of which have been substantially proven to be true", the statement concluded.
Much-needed USA military aid to Ukraine was being held up at the time, prompting speculation of a quid pro quo.

Republicans painted the whistle-blower, who had worked on the White House national security council earlier this year, as a Democratic Party supporter who lacked direct knowledge of the July 25 call.

Trump has blasted the inquiry as a witch hunt and accused Democrats of unfairly targeting him in hope of reversing his surprise victory in the 2016 presidential election.

House Republicans are eyeing the whistleblower at the center of the impeachment inquiry for public testimony, despite strong pushback from fellow Democrats against any attempt to out the individual.

In testimony released on Tuesday, close Trump ally Gordon Sondland, the United States ambassador to the European Union, admitted he had told a senior Ukraine official that the aid would not be released until Mr Zelensky fulfilled Mr Trump's demands.

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