Whistleblower’s attorney sends a “cease and desist” letter to White House, warns Trump

Whistleblower’s attorney sends a “cease and desist” letter to White House, warns Trump

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On Thursday, Andrew Bakaj, an attorney for the Ukraine whistleblower, sent a letter to the White House accusing President Trump of endangering his client with his comments.

The letter: According to CNN, Bakaj wrote the letter to White House counsel Pat Cipollone, warning the president to “cease and desist” attacking his client, whose complaint initiated the Trump impeachment inquiry. "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 added.

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President Trump has repeatedly criticized and demanded the reveal of the whistleblower's identity, claiming he has a right to "meet his accuser." Bakaj said the president's “rhetoric and behavior” has fallen “well beneath the dignity of the office.”

He cited several of Trump's remarks against the whistleblower, claiming they “constitute only a small fraction” of the president's behavior that can allegedly endanger the lives of his client and his family.

Bakaj concluded the letter by saying, “should any harm befall any suspected named whistleblower or their family, the blame will rest squarely with your client.” He then threatens that he and his co-counsel “will not hesitate to take any and all appropriate action against your client” and anyone else who is “complicit in this vindictive campaign against my client.”

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The complaint: The whistleblower's complaint accuses Trump of abusing his position by demanding a quid pro quo from Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky, adding that the White House made an effort to cover his actions. Trump has denied the allegation.

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