Sen. Amy Klobuchar has claimed in multiple interviews that President Donald Trump is “basically threatening execution” of the White House whistleblower.
A cell-phone recording captured Trump describing the whistleblower as “close to a spy” during a recent speech.
“Who’s the person who gave the whistleblower the information? Because that’s close to a spy. You know what we used to do in the old days when we were smart with spies and treason. We used to handle it a little differently than we do now,” Trump said.
In reaction to the clip, Klobuchar said that “he’s basically there threatening execution” during an interview on CNN.
“He’s calling someone that works for him and the whistleblower a spy, right?” she added, saying the transcript of President Trump’s phone call with the president of Ukraine shows he was “getting dirt” on a political opponent.
The Minnesota Senator was then on MSBNC with Andrea Mitchell Wednesday where she repeated the claim and said Trump is “trying to intimidate” whistleblowers.
“You don’t call this guy a spy. You don’t threaten him with execution like this president basically has done when he talked about the fact that that’s how spies used to be treated,” Klobuchar said. “He’s not just trying to intimidate this person who’s reportedly a CIA agent. He’s trying to intimidate other witnesses as well. We have a duty to tell these witnesses that they will be protected in this process.”
The New York Times was the first to expose details about the whistleblower who made the complaint regarding Trump’s phone call with Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky. The Times revealed that the whistleblower was a CIA officer who had been assigned to the White House, prompting backlash on social media. As The Daily Caller reported, the hashtag “CancelNYT” began trending on Twitter after the story was published.
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