The attorney representing the "whistleblower" who filed a complaint against President Trump with House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff, Mark Zaid, is doubling down on comments he made in 2017 about supporting a coup against President Trump.
From Fox News:
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.“
Yesterday, as Matt wrote, Zaid was exposed for 2017 tweets like this:
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
Last night President Trump blasted Zaid during a rally in Louisiana and called the entire impeachment process a "hoax."
WATCH: President Trump informs the Louisiana crowd of a breaking news report revealing that the whistleblower's lawyer plotted a "coup" and "impeachment" from the start of the Trump presidency https://t.co/LBat03TxIp #TrumpRally pic.twitter.com/zazHUm1hUI— Trump War Room (Text TRUMP to 88022) (@TrumpWarRoom) November 7, 2019
He said the same on Twitter this morning.
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
Meanwhile, Schiff has set public hearings as part of his "impeachment" inquiry for next week.