If I had to bet, I’d say this little story just cemented a second term for President Trump. A story broke late yesterday over Mark Zaid, the attorney for the Ukrainian whistleblower, who stated just days after President Trump was inaugurated in January 2017 that the “coup has started” and that “impeachment will follow.” And there it is…
“The posts, which came shortly after President Trump fired then-acting Attorney General Sally Yates for failing to defend federal laws in court, are likely to fuel Republican concerns that the whistleblower’s complaint is tainted with partisanship,” Fox News’ Gregg Re reported. “Trump has repeatedly accused Democrats and partisans in the intelligence community of effectively plotting a coup against him, through selective leaks and lengthy investigations.”
Just one of Zaid’s tweets reads: “#coup has started. First of many steps. #rebellion. #impeachment will follow ultimately. #lawyers.” Whoo boy! It lays bare everything the left has been plotting and conniving against Trump from the very beginning. In another tweet, Zaid responded to President Trump’s government account after Trump announced that he was appointing Dana Boente as Acting Attorney General: “#coup has started. As one falls, two more will take their place. #rebellion #impeachment.” Just wow.
From The Daily Wire:
“In a statement provided to Fox News, Trump campaign communication director Tim Murtaugh said, “The whistleblower’s lawyer gave away the game. It was always the Democrats’ plan to stage a coup and impeach President Trump and all they ever needed was the right scheme. They whiffed on Mueller so now they’ve settled on the perfectly fine Ukraine phone call. This proves this was orchestrated from the beginning.”
“Fox News also highlighted multiple instances in which Zaid said in 2017 that Trump would be impeached.
— Mark S. Zaid (@MarkSZaidEsq) January 31, 2017
“Trump has been repeatedly labeled as a conspiracy theorist for believing that there is a group of individuals in the government who work against the administration which is referred to by many as the “deep state.”
“On October 1, Trump tweeted: “As I learn more and more each day, I am coming to the conclusion that what is taking place is not an impeachment, it is a COUP, intended to take away the Power of the People, their VOTE, their Freedoms, their Second Amendment, Religion, Military, Border Wall, and their God-given rights as a Citizen of The United States of America!”
— Mark S. Zaid (@MarkSZaidEsq) January 31, 2017
“Earlier this week, Zaid stated that the whistleblower would be willing to submit written answers to Republicans after public outcry over an anonymous person being the catalyst for an impeachment inquiry.
“Our legal team offered GOP direct opportunity to ask written questions of #whistleblower,” Zaid wrote on Twitter. “Recent GOP messaging, led by President Trump (incl this morning), has been to highlight original #WBer & demand disclosure of identity.”
“Despite long-standing policy of [House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence] to protect #whistleblowers, especially anonymity (btw, this was consistent with my efforts w/GOP on #Benghazi), GOP has sought to expose our client’s identity which could jeopardize their safety, as well as that of their family,” Zaid continued. “We have directly engaged GOP as to the irrelevance of the whistleblower’s information and identity (including addressing any issue of bias), but with little effect in halting the attacks. Btw, countless OIG complaints are filed anonymously & full of hearsay. It’s common.”
— Mark S. Zaid (@MarkSZaidEsq) July 4, 2017
“We offered HPSCI (& SSCI), both Majority & Minority, to have #whistleblower answer questions in writing, under oath & penalty of perjury. Obviously, per House rules GOP is beholden to DEMs,” Zaid continued. “We, however, are not. Being a whistleblower is not a partisan job nor is impeachment an objective. That is not our role.”
“So we have offered to @DevinNunes, Ranking HPSCI Member, opportunity for Minority to submit through legal team written questions to WBer. Qs cannot seek identifying info, regarding which we will not provide, or otherwise be inappropriate,” Zaid concluded. “We will ensure timely answers. We stand ready to cooperate and ensure facts — rather than partisanship — dictates any process involving the #whistleblower.”
“A Republican source connected to Democrats’ impeachment inquiry said on Sunday, “I don’t think we will settle for scripted interrogatories. We need a full accounting of his actions and how this was orchestrated.”’
— Mark S. Zaid (@MarkSZaidEsq) June 20, 2017
— Megan Powers (@_MeganPowers) November 7, 2019
At the Monroe Civic Center in Monroe, Louisiana last night, thousands packed the venue to hear Trump speak. He brought up the tweets and read them. The crowd went wild and roared. There’s no way you can watch that and not think that Trump will win a second term. No way.
The president removed what appeared to be a Fox News story from his jacket, which he said he was just handed, and read the tweets aloud while intermittently mocking the general impeachment “hoax.” This literally proves everything Trump has claimed that the left was doing against him. It’s not a conspiracy theory if it really happened. This is an attempted coup and Americans better stand up during this next election.
— Mark S. Zaid (@MarkSZaidEsq) May 9, 2017
“I don’t know if you saw, I’m coming off the plane and they hand me — look at this character — they just hand me this story,” Trump started in.
“‘Coup has started,’ whistleblower’s attorney said in 2017,’” the president read part of the Fox News headline. “You know when that was? That was a long time ago. It’s all a hoax!”
Another disgraceful and disrespectful post that demeans our democratic system. Every day that goes by brings us closer to impeachment https://t.co/dzk4fghM2I
— Mark S. Zaid (@MarkSZaidEsq) February 5, 2017
Trump then read off some of Zaid’s anti-Trump tweets from January 2017. “A coup has started and the impeachment will follow ultimately,” the president read.
“It’s all a hoax! It’s [a] scam! And you know who helps them? These people right back here, the media,” Trump continued, pointing to the press section. He then ridiculed CNN by name: “Oops their light is gonna go off! The CNN light is gonna go off!”
100%. I'm not hiding anything. Anti-Trump. Worst presidential choice in modern history. Not a repub or dem issue
— Mark S. Zaid (@MarkSZaidEsq) February 14, 2017
“From the lawyer, a sleazeball, it said, ‘I predict @CNN will play a key role in @realDonaldTrump not finishing out his full term,’” Trump read another Zaid tweet, this one from July 4, 2017. “Can you believe this? This is a hoax. And this was done a long time ago!”
“And then he goes, ‘As one falls, two more will take their place,’ referring to outgoing Trump administration officials,” Trump read, adding that his officials have been “put through hell” by “the sleazebag” media and “crooked politicians.”
— Mark S. Zaid (@MarkSZaidEsq) July 1, 2017
In a statement to Fox News on Wednesday, Zaid defended his posts as common sentiments: “Those tweets were reflective and repeated the sentiments of millions of people,” Zaid said. “I was referring to a completely lawful process of what President Trump would likely face as a result of stepping over the line, and that particularly whatever would happen would come about as a result of lawyers. The coup comment referred to those working inside the Administration who were already, just a week into office, standing up to him to enforce recognized rules of law.”
The president mocked the so-called “whistleblower,” noting that House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff suddenly dropped any plans to have him testify: “Its a disgrace, it’s so bad what they do to our country,” Trump said. “They rip the guts out of our country, and its a shame, and they shouldn’t be allowed to do it, and people should stop … because we have a country to run.”
Lawyer for the anti-Trump whistleblower: “we will get rid of” Trump pic.twitter.com/ZAU7aCeDfO
— Matt Wolking (Text TRUMP to 88022) (@MattWolking) November 6, 2019
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy also reacted to the news, saying in a statement, “The lawyer behind the so-called whistleblower has been calling for a ‘coup’ against the President of the United States since January 2017.”
He added: “We should take him at his word that this is a coordinated, premeditated plot to overturn the election.”
“Democrats must be accountable for their hoaxes and their crimes,” Trump said, holding a printout of the Fox News piece at the Louisiana rally. A coup is a coup and it is subversive, unconstitutional and unlawful. All those involved should face punishment. It’s treason.
The 25th Amendment concerns @POTUS' inability to discharge the powers and duties of office. Says nothing about mental health. We're there.
— Andrew P. Bakaj (@AndrewBakaj) August 18, 2017
….People, their VOTE, their Freedoms, their Second Amendment, Religion, Military, Border Wall, and their God-given rights as a Citizen of The United States of America!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 1, 2019
Based on the information released last night about the Fake Whistleblowers attorney, the Impeachment Hoax should be ended IMMEDIATELY! There is no case, except against the other side!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 7, 2019
The lawyer behind the so-called whistleblower has been calling for a “coup” against the President of the United States since January 2017.
We should take him at his word that this is a coordinated, premeditated plot to overturn the election.https://t.co/RejktfqU4s
— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) November 7, 2019
— Wojciech Pawelczyk 🇵🇱🇺🇸 (@PolishPatriotTM) November 7, 2019
Interesting that the anti-Trump complainant's lawyer (not the one who worked for Clinton or Schumer–that's a different one!) vowed to "get rid" of Trump ahead of his client secretly coordinating with House Democrats to go after Trump. https://t.co/uxO4k3Zopx pic.twitter.com/hAIdyERzlO
— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) November 6, 2019
He Tweeted it more than once.
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) November 6, 2019
He also bragged about his connections to John Podesta with an organization he set up for litigation.
— Robert Barnes (@Barnes_Law) November 6, 2019