“A bullet in your head.” “DIE you piece of FILTH.” Russian President Vladimir Putin “would have already shot scum like this.” That’s just a sampling of the messages the attorneys for the whistleblower on Donald Trump’s Ukraine call are getting. No wonder they’re worried about their client’s safety as Republicans from Trump himself, on down through Don Jr. and Sen. Rand Paul, press for the whistleblower’s identity to be outed.
”If the President or any Member of Congress engages in rhetoric or activity that places my client in danger, they will be held personally responsible,” said Andrew Bakaj, one of the lawyers. By then, of course, the damage will be done. In fact, the damage is being done right now, not just to this whistleblower but to the potential ones who are being reminded of the dangers they’ll face if they come forward.
That’s not stopping the Republican campaign against the whistleblower. It’s the whole point.