Trump says ‘we’re trying to find out about a whistleblower’ amid impeachment inquiry – live

Trump’s comment the White House is trying to find out more about the whistleblower raises concerns of defying federal protections

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One of the whistleblower’s lawyers has sent a tweet defending the person’s anonymity despite Trump’s claim that the White House is trying to find about more about the official.

The lawyer, Andrew Bakaj, warned that retaliating against the whistleblower would be a violation of federal law.

IC WB UPDATE: The Intel Community Whistleblower is entitled to anonymity. Law and policy support this and the individual is not to be retaliated against. Doing so is a violation of federal law.

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The whistleblower’s lawyers has raised concerns about their client’s safety in a letter to the office of the direction of national intelligence.

Here’s the letter to DNI Maguire. Whistleblower attorney @MarkSZaidEsq says 60 minutes “completely misinterpreted” its contents, but letter does say “we appreciate your office’s support thus far to activate appropriate resources to ensure their safety.”

Mark Warner says “any rational person would be concerned about the whistleblower’s safety after the president’s comments,” calling Trump’s attacks “outrageous” that will have a “chilling effect.” The Senate Intel Committee, he said, is starting to map out potential witnesses

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