Oct 9, 2019

Trump ally says Ukraine whistleblowers are "suicide bombers" on Fox News

Former U.S. Attorney Joseph diGenova told Fox News' Laura Ingraham on Tuesday that Democrats are committing "regicide" against President Trump and called the Ukraine whistleblowers "suicide bombers."

"What you are seeing is regicide. This is regicide by another name — fake impeachment. The Democrats in the House want to destroy the president. They don't want to preserve the republic. There's nothing honorable about what is happening. This is a despicable abuse of constitutional power...
"I refuse to call them whistleblowers. These two nonentities are suicide bombers that the Democrats have unleashed on the democratic process."

Why it matters: Fox News — and Ingraham's show — are noted parts of Trump's media diet. And diGenova's comments are "the latest escalation in language used by Trump supporters" attacking the whistleblowers as safety concerns continue to grow, writes the Washington Post.

  • DiGenova, who was once considered as an addition to Trump's legal team for the Russia investigation, appeared on the show with the president's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani.
  • DiGenova and his wife, Victoria Toensing, are representing Ukrainian oligarchs who are caught up in Trump's widening Ukraine controversy, per Politico.

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Why it matters: Vindman, a decorated Iraq War veteran and the National Security Council's top Ukraine expert, will say that he conveyed concerns internally to officials after listening to President Trump's July phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

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What matters most in the Trump-Ukraine scandal

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This morning, Axios goes back and puts in order for you the most important things we have learned about President Trump and Ukraine.

Why it matters: There’s just so much new each day. Some consequential revelations get overlooked; some ephemeral developments get overblown. Even people who follow it all fairly diligently can get wildly confused.

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The GOP's war over naming the Ukraine whistleblower

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Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) continued his controversial threats to name the Ukraine whistleblower on Tuesday, telling Fox News' Bret Baier that he "probably will" do so — days after calling on the media to print his name at a rally alongside President Trump.

The state of play: Paul's comments ignited a split within the Republican Party. Some Senate Republicans rebuked his comments, while some Trump allies — including the president's own son, Donald Trump Jr. — have publicly stated the whistleblower's alleged identity, which has been promoted among right-wing media.

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