Mark Zaid, the attorney for the Ukraine call whistleblower, on Thursday defended a series of tweets from 2017 in which he predicted a coup against President Trump and promised to get rid of him -- saying in a statement the tweetsreferred to a completely lawful process.
Shortly after the publication of aFox News article Wednesday highlighting the stream of anti-Trump tweets, Trump himself lambasted Zaid during a rally in Louisiana, calling the attorney disgraceful.
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After tweeting lightheartedly about the controversy Wednesday night, Zaid sent Fox News a formal statement Thursday in which he said the social media posts were written with the belief that Trump would likely be stepping over the line at some point during his presidency.
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 statement comes as Trump pointedto those 2017 statements in arguing the impeachment inquiry touched off by the whistleblowers complaint should be ended.
Based on the information released last night about the Fake Whistleblowers attorney, the Impeachment Hoax should be ended IMMEDIATELY! Trump tweeted. There is no case, except against the other side!
The anonymous whistleblower filed thecomplaint earlier this year about Trumps July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky,in which he asked for Zelensky to assist in the investigations of alleged Democratic activities during the 2016 election, as well as former vice president Joe Biden and his son Hunter, particularly Hunter Bidens business dealings with Ukrainian energy company Burisma Holdings.The related impeachment inquiry has focused on whether Trump tried to pressure Zelensky into taking part in the investigations, and if military aid or a White House visit were used as leverage.
Zaid has been critical of Trump since the start of the administration.
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As Fox News reported Wednesday, Zaidtweeted less than two weeks into Trumps presidency that a #coup has started and that #impeachment will follow ultimately.
On Feb. 5, 2017, still less than a month into Trumps term, Zaid said, Every day that goes by brings us closer to impeachment.
The following week, in response to an accusation that Zaid had taken sides against the president, the attorney was completely transparent in his animus.
100%. Im not hiding anything, he tweeted. Anti-Trump. Worst presidential choice in modern history. Not a repub or dem issue.
Then, in July 2017, Zaid remarked, I predict@CNNwill play a key role in@realDonaldTrumpnot finishing out his full term as president. Also that month,Zaid tweeted, We will get rid of him, and this country is strong enough to survive even him and his supporters.
Im not a Trump fan, Zaid saidon a podcast last year.I go out of my way on Twitter to say #Resistance. Its not a resistance against the GOP or a Republican -- I dont think [Trump]is a Republican, quite frankly. (Zaid also boasted that he has sued every president since 1993, and pursues them all, regardless of party affiliation.)
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Trump first responded to learning about Zaids tweets at a campaign rally in Louisiana Wednesday night, quoting extensively from theFox News article from earlier in the day.
Democrats must be accountable for their hoaxes and their crimes, Trump said, holding a printout of the Fox News piece.
Fox News Gregg Re, David Spunt and Cody Derespinacontributed to this report.B: