The attorney to the anonymous Ukraine whistleblower has accused President Donald Trump of putting his client in danger after the President made several remarks in public.
Attorney Andrew Bakaj wrote the “cease and desist” letter and sent it to the White House late this week.
“I am writing out of deep concern that your client, the President of the United States, is engaging in rhetoric and activity that places my client, the Intelligence Community Whistleblower, and their family in physical danger,” Bakaj wrote.
“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,” he continued.
Bakaj then lectured the President by mentioning former presidents like John F. Kennedy: “President John F. Kennedy used his voice to challenge our nation to seek out new heights and ‘go to the moon’ and strive to achieve things ‘not because they are easy, but because they are hard.’”
As the letter goes on, Bakaj alleges that President Trump’s actions are putting the whistleblower’s life in danger:
While engaging in foreign affairs at the United States Mission to the United Nations in New York on September 26, 2019, the President equated whistleblowers and my client – as well as my other whistleblower client – with “spies,” stating:
“You know what we used to do in the old days when we were smart with spies and treason, right? We used to handle it a little differently than we do now.”
In the “old days,” spies were summarily executed.
Recently while speaking with members of the press, the President specifically discussed my client and encouraged journalists to report who they suspect the whistleblower to be, saying:
“[The press] know[s] who it is. You know who it is. You just don’t want to report it … You know, you’d be doing the public a service if you did.”
Finally, the President quoted Pastor Robert Jeffress by writing the following on social media:
“…If the Democrats are successful in removing the President from office (which they will never be), it will cause a Civil War[-]like fracture in this Nation from which our Country will never heal.”
The letter ends with: “Should any harm befall any suspected named whistleblower or their family, the blame will rest squarely with your client.” He explains that he “will not hesitate to take any and all appropriate action against your client” along with anyone else who is “complicit in this vindictive campaign against my client.”
Nothing President Trump has done to date has threatened the life of the whistleblower. The President has a right to call for the identity of the whistleblower considering this individual is responsible for making up lies about a phone call that President Trump had with the Ukrainian President.
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