The intelligence whistleblower whose complaint on the Trump administration’s dealings with Ukraine triggered an impeachment inquiry into the president fears for their safety, letters released Monday night show.
Why it matters: One of the letters from the whistleblower’s lawyer first obtained by CBS News’ “60 Minutes” outlined concerns that the whistleblower may be identified. The lawyer specifically cites President Trump’s demand to know who gave the whistleblower the information and states that a $50,000 “bounty” relating to information identifying them has been issued by “certain individuals.”
What’s new: “60 Minutes” first reported that the whistleblower was under federal protection because of safety fears. However, the whistleblower’s lawyer said “60 minutes” completely misinterpreted the contents of the letter, Politico’s Natasha Bertrand first reported. She noted the letter does state. “[W]e appreciate your office’s support thus far to activate appropriate resources to ensure their safety.”
The big picture: Trump and his supporters have doubled down in recent days against allegations that he may have pressured Ukraine’s president to investigate 2020 candidate Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden.
He stepped up his days-long rhetoric against the whistleblower and House Democrats Sunday, declaring “I deserve to meet my accuser” and accusing House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff of treason.