Trump Ignores Criticism for Outing Impeachment Whistleblower and Doubles Down With Claim That Obama Asked Ukraine to Investigate Paul Manafort

President Donald Trump speaks to the media after a Christmas Eve video teleconference with members of the military at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida, on Dec. 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

President Trump retweeted a conspiracy theory about Ukraine on the heels of posting a tweet that links to an article naming the alleged whistleblower, who kickstarted the Ukraine-related impeachment inquiry.

On Friday, Trump retweeted Talking Point USA found Charlie Kirk’s tweet that said, ‘This is your daily reminder that: Barack Obama asked Ukraine to investigate his political rival’s campaign manager. 3 Democrat senators asked Ukraine to investigate Trump. And the DNC solicited Ukraine’s help to dig up dirt on Trump.’

‘And the media was silent about it,’ Kirk claimed.

Kirk has sent out identical tweets before, with Politifact labeling it ‘mostly false’ as there’s ‘no evidence’ that Obama asked Ukraine to investigate Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign chairman.

Manafort is serving a 7.5 year prison term for charges brought by Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe including violating federal lobbying laws by concealing money he made from pro-Russia political figures in Ukraine.

Trump was already taking heat for retweeting a post from his reelection campaign account that read: ‘It’s pretty simple. The CIA ‘whistleblower’ is not a real whistleblower.’

The post linked to an article from conservative outlet The Washington Examiner, which names the alleged CIA agent who first reported the details of Trump’s now-infamous July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

Democrats claim the phone call shows evidence that Trump was trying to get a foreign government to dig up dirt on his political rival Joe Biden, whose son once served on the board of a Ukrainian gas company. They allege the president withheld nearly $400 million in U.S. military aid to pressure the Ukrainians. Trump denies any wrong doing and says the call was perfect.

Democrats have also steadfastly insisted on keeping the whistleblower’s name a secret in order to protect his safety.

In contrast, Trump has repeatedly pushed for the person’s identity to be revealed, claiming it will show that they are a partisan operative motivated by left-wing bias.

The whistleblower has been described as a male CIA analyst who was detailed to the White House. The Washington Post reported he is driven to and from work by armed security officers out of concern for his safety.

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Source: Daily Mail