President Trump has come under fire after retweeting a post to his 68 million followers on Twitter that included a name linked to the alleged whistleblower whose complaint about the president’s dealings with Ukraine prompted the impeachment inquiry.
At the time of the complaint, the individual was an intelligence community official who sounded the alarm about Trump’s pressure campaign with Ukraine that House Democrats cited in impeaching the president for alleged abuse of power.
For months, media outlets that back the president have circulated the name of a person suspected of being the whistleblower. Sen. Rand Paul, Don Trump Jr. and other supporters have either shared the individual’s identity or called for the whistleblower to be outed.
The retweet marks the first time the president himself has publicly promoted the name of the person believed by some to be the whistleblower at the heart of the Ukraine scandal.