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‘Retaliation in plain sight’: Legal experts stunned by Trump admitting he’s trying to uncover whistleblower ID

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President Donald Trump once again ramped up his attacks on a still-unidentified intelligence community whistleblower by telling reporters that he and his allies are “trying to find out” the person’s identity.

Some legal experts reacted with shock to the president’s latest broadside against the whistleblower, who has accused the president of abusing his office to help his chances in the 2020 presidential election.

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Andrew Bakaj, one of the attorneys representing the whistleblower, responded immediately to Trump’s new attack and emphasized that “the Intel Community Whistleblower is entitled to anonymity,” while also noting that trying to out their identity “is a violation of federal law.”

Mark Zaid, another attorney representing the whistleblower, agreed with Bakaj and added, “The law is paramount, and there are no exceptions for anyone.”

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Former federal prosecutor Renato Mariotti, meanwhile, said that the president was flat-out breaking the law by trying to unmask the whistleblower.

“Trump is trying to retaliate against a witness in plain sight,” he wrote.

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National security attorney Bradley Moss, meanwhile, accused Trump of “putting this person at risk” with his actions.

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Evan McMullin, a former CIA officer and staunch Trump critic, similarly expressed fears that the whistleblower’s physical safety could be in danger.

“I’m increasingly concerned about the whistleblower’s safety,” he wrote. “He faces threats from an abusive president and from the extremist elements of his base. The House Intel Committee should seriously consider limiting the number of members who learn his identity even as he testifies.”

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And political scientist Miranda Yaver responded to Trump’s outburst by reiterating that “whistleblower retaliation is illegal” multiple times on her Twitter account.


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75 years ago: When atomic scientist Leo Szilard tried to halt dropping bombs over Japan

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As this troubled summer rolls along, and the world begins to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the creation, and use, of the first atomic bombs, many special, or especially tragic, days will draw special attention.  They will include July 16 (first test of the weapon in New Mexico), August 6 (bomb dropped over Hiroshima) and August 9 (over Nagasaki).   Surely far fewer in the media and elsewhere will mark another key date:  July 3.

On July 3, 1945, the great atomic scientist Leo Szilard finished a letter/petition that would become the strongest (virtually the only) real attempt at halting President Truman's march to using the atomic bomb--still almost two weeks from its first test at Trinity--against Japanese cities.

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‘Insane’: Park ranger shoots unarmed man through his heart and then handcuffs his dead body

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A ranger at Carlsbad Caverns National Park tased and then fatally shot a man during a New Mexico traffic stop and then handcuffed his lifeless body.

Charles "Gage" Lorentz was traveling March 21 from his work site in Pecos, Texas, to his family's home in southwest Colorado when he detoured at the national park to meet a friend, and that's where he encountered National Park Ranger Robert Mitchell, reported KOB-TV.

The ranger stopped the 25-year-old Lorentz for speeding on a dirt road near the park's Rattlesnake Springs area, and Mitchell's lapel video shows him ordering Lorentz to spread his feet and move closer to a railing.

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Former Trump administration official refers to a renowned Black scholar as ‘some criminal’

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President Donald Trump's former Attorney General Jeff Sessions referred to renowned Black Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. as "some criminal" in an interview with The New York Times Magazine.

Sessions, one of Trump's earliest supporters who was later fired after years of attacks from the president, is currently attempting to reclaim his old Senate seat in Alabama. Sessions has desperately tried to tout his Trumpist credentials on the campaign trail, even as the president has waged a campaign aimed at sabotaging his primary bid.

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