& # 39; I didn't even know this thing was a kind of big secret! & # 39; Don Jr. & # 39; s appearance on The View goes wild while he defends the alleged whistleblower from Ukraine and says: & # 39; I read it for a week & # 39;
Donald Trump Jr. defended his decision to tweet the name of the now famous whistleblower in Ukraine on Thursday and told the hosts of & # 39; The View & # 39; that he thought it was already becoming a household name.
& # 39; I didn't even know this thing was a kind of big secret! & # 39; he said, sitting next to his girlfriend Kimberly Guilfoyle.
Co-host Sunny Hostin asked Guilfoyle, a former prosecutor: & # 39; Have you advised your boyfriend that it is a federal crime to alert a whistleblower? & # 39;
& # 39; It is only a federal crime for the IG [Inspector General] to do it, & # 39; shot Trump Jr. back. & # 39; That's a lie. & # 39;
Trump Jr. tweeted Wednesday a link to an article published on the Breitbart news website, in which a man was named in a headline who, according to the online outlet, is the whistleblower who launched an investigation into an allegation during a telephone conversation between President Donald Trump and his Ukrainian counterpart.
Defense: Don Jr. claimed to have his & # 39; first editing rights & # 39; by appointing the alleged whistleblower as his girlfriend Kimberly Guilfoyle, a former prosecutor, said she had not offered him legal advice
Stormy session: The View erupted in shouting and pointing finger when Don Jr. and girlfriend Kimberly Guilfoyle seemed to be promoting his new book – and are being questioned about naming the alleged whistleblower on Twitter Wednesday
& # 39; The whole point of releasing a name is intimidating someone, threatening someone, and scaring others, & # 39 ;, said co-host Abby Huntsman. & # 39; That's something dictators do. & # 39;
& # 39; I literally quote a tweet from an article with the name of the man in the article title, & # 39; the president's son shot back and said he himself was often the target of threats.
& # 39; I wish the outrage would be the same. I mean, there was no outrage when my family got an exploding letter … with white powder in it, & he said.
& # 39; I don't regret it, & # 39; he insisted on his tweet. & # 39; No, I don't think I should renounce my first change rights. & # 39;
& # 39; It's out there. I read it in an article. I read it for a week. I saw it on the Drudge report. & # 39;
& # 39; Why was there no indignation then the Drudge report, probably the largest media news collector – he published it a few days ago, and crickets. No problem with that. & # 39;
Trump Jr. noted that ABC, the network that & # 39; The View & # 39; , this week quickly investigated a whistleblower who was leaking a hit-mic video of an anchor complaining that higher ups had put a story about pedophile Jeffrey Epstein years ago.
& # 39; ABC is now chasing a whistleblower over all the Epstein stuff because those stories have been killed, & # 39; he said.