Trump: Of Course I’m Trying to Unmask the Whistleblower!
The president had no problem effectively admitting on camera that he’s in the process of breaking the law. The Whistleblower Protection Act of 1989 is pretty self-explanatory: It protects federal whistle-blowers who work for the government from, among other things, having their identity revealed and retaliatory action taken against them as a result of their complaint. Most people understand that violating this law is a big, flaming no-no. And then you have the president of the United States, who doesn’t understand anything and whose brain contents—loose teeth and Hamburger Helper—lead him to say things like this: “We’re trying to find out [who the whistle-blower is]…when you have a whistle-blower that reports things that were incorrect, as you know, and you’ve probably now have figured it out, the statement I made to the president of the Ukraine—a good man, a nice man, new—was perfect, it was perfect, but the whistle-blower reported a totally different statement, like a statement that was not even made…. The call was perfect. When the whistle-blower reported it, he made it sound terrible. And then you have Adam Schiff, who, even worse, made up my words…which, I’ve never even seen a thing like that…he actually took words and made it up. The reason is that when he saw my call to the president of Ukraine it was so good that he couldn’t quote from it because there was nothing done wrong…so Adam Schiff decided, I can’t let this happen, so let me make up…[he] made up a phony call and read it to Congress…and it’s a disgrace. This whole thing is a disgrace. There’s been tremendous corruption, and we’re seeking it. It’s called drain the swamp. There’s been corruption on the other side, there’s been corruption like you’ve never seen. Now the new president of Ukraine ran on the basis of no corruption…and I believe that he really means it. But there was a lot of corruption having to do with the 2016 election against us, and we want to get to the bottom of it, and it’s very important that we do.” Then, of course, there’s the matter of Trump telling reporters he’s working on uncovering the identity of the whistle-blower, whose sources he suggested last week are spies who should be executed, like “in the old days.” Trump obviously doesn’t care about the laws protecting whistle-blowers from retaliation and having their identity revealed.