AP Fact Checks Trump About Whistleblower's Lawyer

  
Via:  john-russell  •  4 weeks ago  •  13 comments

AP Fact Checks Trump About Whistleblower's Lawyer
That does not mean Zaid can be dismissed as a Democratic partisan. The longtime Washington lawyer has represented people in both parties, causes dear to each side and a line of whistleblowers.

S E E D E D   C O N T E N T


WHITE HOUSE: "Before there was a whistleblower, there was the whistleblower's attorney_tweeting about overthrowing the government because he didn't like the election results." — tweet Thursday.

TRUMP: "Coup has started, whistleblower's attorney said in 2017. Do you know when that was? That was a long time ago. It's all a hoax. They say January 2017 a coup has started, and the impeachment will follow ultimately. It's all — it's all a hoax." — Louisiana rally on Wednesday.

THE FACTS: Trump and his team can't be faulted for believing that Mark Zaid, one of the whistleblower's attorneys, has it out for the president.

That does not mean Zaid can be dismissed as a Democratic partisan.

The longtime Washington lawyer has represented people in both parties, causes dear to each side and a line of whistleblowers.

Trump and his team are pointing to a January 2017 tweet by Zaid, who says he's a registered independent, in which he writes "#coup has started. First of many steps. #rebellion. #impeachment will follow ultimately."

That tweet was in response to news that Trump had fired acting Attorney General Sally Yates after she refused to enforce a ban on travel for people living in several predominantly Muslim countries.

Some of Zaid's legal work over the years has involved issues close to Trump, such as his challenge of Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server.

Zaid represented a veterans' group in a lawsuit against the State Department that sought records of Clinton's response to the Benghazi, Libya, attacks as secretary of state. The suit targeted Clinton's reliance on the private server for government communication, saying "it may have been a deliberate attempt to shield communications from capture by governmental systems and the public's eye."

He also represented CIA contractors who were in Benghazi on the night of the attacks.

Zaid served as an attorney for the late Republican Rep. Walter Jones of North Carolina and The Daily Caller, a conservative publication, in public records suits against the federal government.

Zaid now says his reference to a "coup" referred to those working in the Trump administration who were standing up to the president to help enforce the rule of law.


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JohnRussell
1  seeder  JohnRussell    4 weeks ago
Zaid represented a veterans' group in a lawsuit against the State Department that sought records of Clinton's response to the Benghazi, Libya, attacks as secretary of state.

Now, according to Trump and his lackeys, this guy is supposed to be some sort of radical leftist.   LMAO. 

 
 
 
lady in black
1.1  lady in black  replied to  JohnRussell @1    4 weeks ago

They are flinging poo on the wall and seeing what sticks...guess what, nothing will because Crooked donnie and his ilk are all liars.

 
 
 
JohnRussell
1.1.1  seeder  JohnRussell  replied to  lady in black @1.1    4 weeks ago

"Anything but the truth" is the Trump motto. 

 
 
 
WallyW
1.1.2  WallyW  replied to  lady in black @1.1    4 weeks ago
his ilk are all liars.

No we are not!

 
 
 
lady in black
1.1.3  lady in black  replied to  WallyW @1.1.2    4 weeks ago

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FLYNAVY1
1.1.4  FLYNAVY1  replied to  WallyW @1.1.2    4 weeks ago

Isn't that special.......

 
 
 
WallyW
1.2  WallyW  replied to  JohnRussell @1    4 weeks ago

"#coup has started. First of many steps. #rebellion . #impeachment will follow ultimately."

He sounds like cheerleader for the anti-Trumpists, and is a well known left wing activist.

 
 
 
Ozzwald
1.2.1  Ozzwald  replied to  WallyW @1.2    4 weeks ago
He sounds like cheerleader for the anti-Trumpists, and is a well known left wing activist.

Which has nothing to do with his qualifications as an attorney.

 
 
 
bugsy
2  bugsy    4 weeks ago

Where is his tweet about his "coup" during the Obama years?

 
 
 
FLYNAVY1
2.1  FLYNAVY1  replied to  bugsy @2    4 weeks ago

"coup" during the Obama years?

That happened at a GOP dinner prior to Obama taking the oath of office in 2008.

http://swampland.time.com/2012/08/23/the-party-of-no-new-details-on-the-gop-plot-to-obstruct-obama/

 
 
 
bugsy
2.1.1  bugsy  replied to  FLYNAVY1 @2.1    4 weeks ago

Fail...AGAIN.

Big difference between obstructing a President politically and trying to get him thrown out of office illegally. That is the definition of "coup".

Please don't try again. It's too easy to debunk you.

 
 
 
Sean Treacy
2.1.2  Sean Treacy  replied to  FLYNAVY1 @2.1    4 weeks ago

Basic civics:

Congress is an elected, co-equal branch of government. Even if your little source is correct, Congress has every right in the world to oppose administration polices in Congress.  They are answerable to voters.  (Although the idea that Republicans could obstruct anything the Democrats wanted to do Obama's  first two years is laughable. But that's another story).

Executive Department officials are subordinate members of the executive department who are  supposed to implement the policies and directives of the executive department. For unelected bureaucrats to ignore their duties and implement their own preferred policies is an usurpation of our republic..

 
 
 
PJ
3  PJ    4 weeks ago

Another proud moment for America.  More lies, lies, lies

 
 
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