Mark S. Zaid, an attorney for the so-called Ukraine “whistleblower,” has spent his post-Christmas time attacking U.S. Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) on Twitter.
Zaid has called on the senator to resign from one of her senatorial assignments over certain tweets she has published amid the impeachment of President Donald Trump, Newsweek reports.
During the hearings, Blackburn pointed to one of the Democrats’ witnesses, Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, as possibly being the so-called whistleblower’s handler.
She was also very critical of the decision by TIME magazine to include the unidentified whistleblower as one of the five finalists for its Person of the Year award. At one point, Blackburn even brought up the idea of the whistleblower being a Democrat operative.
Is the “whistleblower” a Democrat operative?
— Sen. Marsha Blackburn (@MarshaBlackburn) December 4, 2019
Apparently, Zaid had time to think about the accusations made by Blackburn, and now, he is demanding she be removed from the Senate Whistleblower Protection Caucus.
Sen #Whistleblower Protection Caucus was launched by bipartisan group in 2015 to raise awareness of need for adequate protections against retaliation for govt employees who call attention to wrongdoing.
— Mark S. Zaid (@MarkSZaidEsq) December 26, 2019
About that whistleblower
The problem for this particular whistleblower is that the entire thing looks like a set-up from the Democrats. There is even speculation that Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, convinced the individual to come forward, then coached him as the case moved forward.
Republicans have had no access to this individual, even after multiple requests to question this person behind closed doors. Now, Rep. Schiff is saying they don’t need the whistleblower to testify with the other evidence the Democrats have accumulated.
Many Republicans have speculated the reason Schiff is refusing to allow this individual to testify is that he fears the person could turn on him and out him for orchestrating the entire thing. Now, Blackburn is being served up as some sort of sacrifice to deflect from the actual problems.
While everyone would love to know this person’s identity, Republicans have been more than willing to conduct all interviews behind closed doors to protect the person’s identity, rendering Schiff’s point moot.
This could be one of many difficult decisions Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts will have to decide on once the Senate’s trial of President Trump is officially underway.