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President Donald Trump said he and other officials sought to know the identity of a whistleblower who accused him of abusing his office

President Donald Trump confirmed Monday that he and his team are trying to find out the identity of a whistleblower accusing him of abuse of power – even as a lawyer representing the official has warned of threats to his life.

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The president released the whistleblower from the Oval office on Monday after raising the fire this weekend by warning of a & # 39; civil war & # 39; if he is forced out of office, a top democrat accused of potential betrayal and the sources of whistleblowers were like spies and references to the death penalty.

& # 39; We are trying to identify a whistleblower, & # 39; Trump said when a reporter asked him if he knew the whistleblower's identity.

Then he tore into the person's account – including the sensational allegation that Trump was trying to put pressure on the President of Ukraine to help his own re-election campaign by investigating the Bidens.

President Donald Trump said he and other officials sought to know the identity of a whistleblower who accused him of abusing his office

President Donald Trump said he and other officials sought to know the identity of a whistleblower who accused him of abusing his office

"We have a whistleblower reporting things that were incorrect," Trump said. & # 39; As you know and you have probably already discovered it, the statement I made to the President of Ukraine was a good man, a nice new man, perfect, & # 39; said Trump.

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& # 39; It was perfect. But the whistleblower reported a totally different statement, as a statement was not even made. I suppose statement – you could say with call. I called. The call was perfect. When the whistleblower reported it, he made it terrible. & # 39;

Trump then raced again to House Intelligence Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff because he had words & # 39; made up & # 39 ;. Schiff said after a hearing last week that he referred to it as a parody. In his comments, Trump used a similar paraphrase device when he tried to describe how Schiff behaved.

& # 39; And then you had Adam Schiff who, worse, made up my words, which I think is just terrible – I've never seen anything like that.

& # 39; Adam Schiff, representative, congressman, invented what I said. He actually took words and invented it, & # 39; said Trump, and shunned the & # 39; Liddle & # 39; name that he uses for Schiff when he tweets about him.

& # 39; The reason is that when he saw my call to the president of Ukraine, it was so good that he could not quote because nothing had been done wrong. It was perfect. So Adam Schiff & # 39; I couldn't make this happen. So let me make it right & # 39; – do you ever hear of this … So Adam Schiff invented a fake call and he read it to Congress and he read it to the people of the United States, & # 39 ; said Trump.

& # 39; And it's a shame. This whole thing is a shame. There has been enormous corruption and we are looking for it. It's called Drain the Swamp, & said Trump.

He also referred to his statement about Ukraine's call for Ukrainians to investigate his belief that the Democratic server was owned by Ukraine.

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& # 39; There was a lot of corruption to do with the 2016 elections against us & # 39 ;, Trump said.

The whistleblower of intelligence who helped unmask Trump's call to the Ukrainian president who caused a political fire storm is now fearing his life, his lawyer said.

Andrew Bakaj, whistleblower's chief lawyer, said he & # 39; has serious concerns about the personal safety of our client & # 39; after Trump's act of exposing him to & # 39; betrayal & # 39; had compared and suggested using the death penalty.

He also revealed the existence of a & # 39; premium & # 39; of $ 50,000 offered for & # 39; all information & # 39; about the whistleblower, known as a CIA agent who once worked in the White House.

In a letter to Acting Director of the National Intelligence Service Joseph Maguire, Bakaj suggests that the whistleblower has received some form of security assistance from the federal authorities, and thanks the director for ensuring their safety & # 39 ;.

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The lawyer contested an earlier claim from CBS News & # 39; 60 minutes that the whistleblower was actually in federal protection.

The existence of the call prompted Democrats to launch an investigation into accusations in Trump, with house commissions from delegates from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs who had ties with Trump this week.

The letter was also forwarded to the Senate Committee, which investigates the telephone conversation and can call the whistleblower to testify

The letter was also forwarded to the Senate Committee, which investigates the telephone conversation and can call the whistleblower to testify

In a letter addressed to Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire, the legal team also revealed the existence of a $ 50,000 premium for & # 39; information & # 39; about their client

Whistleblower lawyers who emphasized a call between Donald Trump and the Ukrainian Vlodomir Zelensky say they are scared of their lives and under federal protection after the President deeds as & # 39; betrayal & # 39; has described and proposed the use of the death penalty

Whistleblower lawyers who emphasized a call between Donald Trump and the Ukrainian Vlodomir Zelensky say they are scared of their lives and under federal protection after the President deeds as & # 39; betrayal & # 39; has described and proposed the use of the death penalty

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Whistleblower lawyers who emphasized a call between Donald Trump and the Ukrainian Vlodomir Zelensky say they are scared of their lives and under federal protection after the President deeds as & # 39; betrayal & # 39; has described and proposed the use of the death penalty

He wrote: & # 39; The purpose of this letter is to formally inform you of serious concerns we have regarding the personal safety of our customer.

& # 39; We appreciate the support of your office so far to activate suitable means to ensure their safety.

& # 39; The events of the past week have heightened our concern that our customer's identity will be made public and that as a result our customer will be compromised. On September 26, 2019, the President of the United States said the following:

& # 39; I want to know who the person who gave the whistleblower is, who is the person who gave the whistleblower the information, because that is close to a spy. Do you know what we used to do when we were smart? Turn right? With spies and betrayal, right? We used to handle it slightly differently than now. & # 39;

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& # 39; The fact that the President's statement was addressed to & # 39; the person who gave the whistleblower the information does not alter our concern about the safety of our client.

& # 39; In addition, certain people have a & # 39; bounty & # 39; of $ 50,000 spent for & # 39; all information regarding the identity of our customer.

& # 39; Unfortunately, we expect this situation to worsen and become even more dangerous for our client and other whistleblowers, as Congress wants to investigate this matter. & # 39;

However, Mark S Zaid, part of the legal team representing the whistleblower, accused 60 minutes of & # 39; misinterpreting the contents of our letter & # 39; without saying which parts of the report he disputes.

& # 39; Nor, as we stated earlier today, have we reached agreement with Congress on contact with the whistleblower. Discussions are ongoing, & he added.

The House Intelligence Committee has said it will be ready to move from the whistleblower & # 39; very soon & # 39; heard at a private meeting to hide their identity.

The existence of the letter was first revealed by CBS & # 39; s 60 minutes after Trump said he has the right to meet the person who initiated an accusation probe against him.

Trump places pastor again and says that deposition & # 39; a civil war-like breach & # 39; will cause

President Trump tweeted a quote from a Baptist pastor on Sunday saying that his resignation would cause a civil war-like breach … of which our country will never heal & # 39 ;.

Trump & # 39; s tweet quoted Pastor Robert Jeffress, who appeared early on the Fox & Friends show of Fox News Channel on Sunday morning.

Jeffress, an evangelist who fervently supports the president, is the Southern Baptist pastor of the First Baptist Church in Dallas.

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The church, of which the church counts 13,000, is considered one of the most influential in the American evangelical community.

& # 39; Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats cannot put down the accusation match & # 39 ;, Jeffress told Fox News.

& # 39; They know they couldn't beat him in 2016 against Hillary Clinton, and they are increasingly aware of the fact that they won't win against him in 2020, and Impeachment is the only tool they need to to get rid of Donald J. Trump.

& # 39; And the Democrats don't care if they burn this country down and destroy it. & # 39;

Trump is fighting the deepest crisis of his presidency and does not claim to be accused of urging Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate Joe Biden, his potential 2020 White House challenger.

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& # 39; Like any American, I deserve to meet my prosecutor, especially when this prosecutor, the so-called & # 39; Whistleblower & # 39 ;, represented a perfect conversation with a foreign leader in a completely inaccurate and fraudulent manner, & # 39; Trump wrote in a tweet Sunday.

Trump accused top-democratic legislator Adam Schiff of lying to Congress last week about what Trump said to Zelensky in the July call.

& # 39; He wrote and read terrible things, then said it came from the mouth of the President of the United States. I want Schiff to be interrogated at the highest level for fraud and betrayal, he wrote.

Trump's Republican assistants have tried to turn the table for Democrats who insist on his accusation, insisting that the president be the real & # 39; whistleblower & # 39; was because he had asked Ukraine to investigate Biden and his son for corruption.

& # 39; This person is a saboteur trying to undermine a democratically elected government & # 39 ;, Trump adviser Stephen Miller insisted on Fox News Sunday.

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& # 39; Understanding a corruption scandal in Ukraine is in the US national interest. & # 39;

Trump & # 39; s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani – who emerged as his point-man in the Ukrainian scandal – led the indictment along with Miller in combative talk shows on Sunday.

In the call Trump can be heard telling Zelensky (left) to investigate corruption claims involving Joe Biden's son Hunter, who once served as a senior gas company manager in the country

In the call Trump can be heard telling Zelensky (left) to investigate corruption claims involving Joe Biden's son Hunter, who once served as a senior gas company manager in the country

In the call Trump can be heard telling Zelensky (left) to investigate corruption claims involving Joe Biden's son Hunter, who once served as a senior gas company manager in the country

Waving what he said, sworn statements from Biden & # 39; s son Hunter about his work at a Ukrainian company, Giuliani said that Trump was obliged to raise the issue with Kiev.

& # 39; If he had not asked them to investigate Biden, he would have violated the constitution, & # 39; Giuliani said to ABC & # 39; s this week and claimed that & # 39; Donald Trump was framed by the Democrats. & # 39;

The Democratic-led House of Representatives launched an official investigation into Trump's accusation of a & # 39; mafia-like shakedown & # 39; van Zelensky aimed at damaging Biden.

Trump and his allies claim that Biden, as vice-president of Barack Obama, has pressured Kiev to fire the best prosecutor to protect his son Hunter, who was on the board of a gas company, Burisma Holdings, accused of corrupt practices.

These accusations have largely been debunked and there is no evidence of illegal behavior or misconduct in Ukraine by the Bidens.

But a transcript of the call in July shows that Trump is urging Kiev to revisit the case and says that both Giuliani and US Attorney General Bill Barr would keep in touch.

For Democrats, that amounted to a smoking gun, so speaker Nancy Pelosi finally approved an accusation trial that opposed her as a risky distraction from the 2020 fight.

Trump also demanded to meet his prosecutor after information from the complaint had led to an accusation against him

Trump also demanded to meet his prosecutor after information from the complaint had led to an accusation against him

Trump also demanded to meet his prosecutor after information from the complaint had led to an accusation against him

The president also demanded the identity of people who spoke with the whistleblower and described them as & # 39; something close to a spy & # 39;

The president also demanded the identity of people who spoke with the whistleblower and described them as & # 39; something close to a spy & # 39;

The president also demanded the identity of people who spoke with the whistleblower and described them as & # 39; something close to a spy & # 39;

Pelosi on Sunday called on Trump to tell the truth. Honor your oath of office to the constitution of the United States. & # 39;

& # 39; Do not make this worse than it already is, & # 39; she said.

Democrats conducted the investigation aggressively, instructing State Secretary Mike Pompeo to hand over Ukraine-related documents and schedule witness statements.

At NBC & # 39; s Meet the Press, Schiff said he expected the whistleblower & # 39; very soon & # 39; would testify – with all precautions taken to protect their identity.

CBS News has issued a letter from the whistleblower lawyer to the acting director of the national intelligence service expressing her concern that their & # 39; client is being compromised & # 39 ;.

& # 39; We expect this situation to worsen and become even more dangerous & # 39 ;, said the letter calling for & # 39; appropriate means to ensure their safety & # 39 ;.

Democrats have said that accusation articles – formal charges – against Trump can be completed in just one month and can vote quickly in Parliament, where the party has a majority.

The Biden campaign sent a letter to American TV networks on Sunday demanding that they stop booking Giuliani for interviews, accusing him of & # 39; knowingly & # 39; to lie.

Polls suggest that public support for accusation investigation is growing, with a new CBS survey showing that 55 percent of Americans – and nine in ten Democrats – approve it.

But even if deposition is approved in the House, Trump would be tried in the Senate – where he seems to be able to count on a Republican majority to prevent conviction.

Pastor Robert Jeffress

Pastor Robert Jeffress

President Trump

President Trump

Pastor Robert Jeffress (left) told Fox News Sunday that America & # 39; civil war as a breach & # 39; risks if the Democrats succeed in removing President Trump (right) from office

Elsewhere on Sunday, President Trump tweeted a quote from a Baptist pastor who said that his resignation would cause a civil war-like breach … of which our country will never heal & # 39 ;.

Trump & # 39; s tweet quoted Pastor Robert Jeffress, who appeared early on the Fox & Friends show of Fox News Channel on Sunday morning.

Jeffress, an evangelist who fervently supports the president, is the Southern Baptist pastor of the First Baptist Church in Dallas.

The church, of which the church counts 13,000, is considered one of the most influential in the American evangelical community.

& # 39; Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats cannot put down the accusation match & # 39 ;, Jeffress told Fox News.

& # 39; They know they couldn't beat him in 2016 against Hillary Clinton, and they are increasingly aware of the fact that they won't win against him in 2020, and Impeachment is the only tool they need to to get rid of Donald J. Trump.

& # 39; And the Democrats don't care if they burn this country down and destroy it. & # 39;

When asked about the response of evangelical Christians to the possibility of an accusation against Trump, Jeffress replied: "I have never seen evangelical Christians more angry about an issue than this attempt to illegally remove this president from office." to overthrow the 2016 elections, and deny the votes of millions of evangelicals in the process.

& # 39; They know that the only unassailable fact that President Trump has committed has defeated Hillary Clinton in 2016.

& # 39; That is the unforgivable sin for which the Democrats will never forgive him.

& # 39; If the Democrats succeed in removing the president from his office (which they will never be), this will cause a civil war-like rupture in this country from which our country will never heal. & # 39;

WHAT HAPPENS NOW? THE VERY COMPLEXED STEPS INVOLVED IN TAKING DONALD TRUMP

Nancy Pelosi announcing a formal investigation into allegations is just the start of an epic legal and constitutional clash.

Here's how deposition goes from here.

1) Investigations are being stepped up

Six commissions now have the role of Pelosi to investigate Donald Trump with the intention of deciding whether he will be dropped. They are the House Law, Supervision, Intelligence, Roads and Resources, Financial Services and Foreign Affairs committees. They will now probably all issue a fit of summons that will certainly lead to a new one:

2) Court battle over subpoena – which could go to the Supreme Court

The Trump government has so far resisted subpoenas by claiming executive power and will certainly continue to do so. Federal judges are already dealing with subpoenas cases before Trump's tax and financial administration, and many more are likely to follow. But the courts have never set the limits of privilege and whether an investigation into accusations actually gives Congress more power to overcome it. If Trump fights as hard as he can, it will probably find its way to the Supreme Court. Expected in the meantime:

3) More hearings

Democrats know they have to convince the public that Trump should be tried, and the best way to do that is to hear hearings like the ones that sparked the nation at Watergate. They ruined the Mueller hearing, but when they produce question and answer sessions with people from the Trump world who cause public outrage, they are on their way to:

4) Draw up formal accusation articles in the committee

On the accusation form for deposition – the & # 39; articles & # 39; – state that Trump is formally accused of. It is not a fixed format – it can be as long or as short as Congress decides. Three such articles were prepared – for Andrew Johnson on 1868, Richard Nixon in 1974 and Bill Clinton in 1998. Johnson & # 39; s were the most extensive at 11, Nixon faced three and Bill Clinton four, but with a series of numbered indictments in every article. Once established, the Judicial Committee votes on them and, if approved, sends them to the Chamber for:

5) Full vote on deposition

The Constitution says that Parliament needs a simple majority to go on, but has to vote on each article. Nixon stopped for such a vote, so Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton are the only precedent. The house passed two of the three articles against Clinton and all 11 against Johnson. Passing even just one article leads to:

6) Senate deposition process

Even if the senate is clearly not in favor of removing the president, he or she must go to court if the Parliament votes for expulsion. The hearing does not stand for the full senate, but for & # 39; evidence committees & # 39; – in theory at least comparable to the existing senate committees. The Supreme Court of the Supreme Court presides, but the procedures are determined by senators. Members of the House prosecute Trump as & # 39; managers & # 39 ;, bring witnesses and present evidence to explain their case against the president. The president can defend himself or, as Clinton did, use lawyers to interview the witnesses. The committee or committees report to the entire senate. Then it can debate in public or deliberate privately about the guilt or innocence of the president. It has one open voice that delivers the following:

7) The judgment

Accusation must take place for two-thirds of the senate. Voting for an article to be accused is good enough to put the president out of office. There is no appeal.

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