Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has warned President Trump not to harass the whistleblower whose anonymous complaint triggered the ongoing impeachment inquiry.
Speaking on CBS’s Face the Nation, the speaker defended the impeachment process and issued a stern warning to the president about the whistleblower. “I will ensure that he does not intimidate the whistleblower,” Pelosi said to the host, Margaret Brennan. “I told the president you’re in my wheelhouse when you come after the whistleblower,” she continued.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi went on to ridicule president Trump for berating Marie Yovanovitch, the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine. She said that that Trump insulted Yovanovitch out of his insecurity as an imposter in the White House. The president had claimed during live public testimony that everywhere Yovanovitch went turned bad. Trump was widely criticized for his comments about the former U.S. ambassador.
Pelosi said that Trump knows that he made a mistake and he also knows Yovanovitch’s strength but he was trying to undermine it. She pointed out that even though Trump appointed the former U.S. ambassador, it was out of place for him to insult her before the Congress.
The speaker stated that the U.S. intelligence community and the anonymous whistleblower are core parts of the government that are working to expose the alleged misdeeds of Trump and his administration. The speaker’s comments follow Trump’s repeated request for the identity of the whistleblower to be revealed. On Friday, the U.S. president claimed that everyone knows who the whistleblower is, saying that the person’s identity was no secret. However, it is unclear if Trump truly knows who the whistleblower is.
The whistleblower filed a complaint against President Trump after he called the president of Ukraine to investigate the Biden family. Lawyers representing the whistleblower says that the anonymity of their client will ensure that the individual is safe and will encourage future whistleblowers to come forward to report government abuse without fear of intimidation.