It looks like another grand Democratic Party media extravaganza is set to turn into a clown show. As the 21st century version of the Salem Witch Trials, the Trump Traitor Trial, was set to kick off with public hearings on national TV, old tweets from a central character have stolen the show.
Attorney Mark Zaid represents the CIA whistleblower who instigated the launch of their impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump with an August complaint. The whistleblower alleged that the president made a troubling request of Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky in a July telephone conversation which amounted to a quid pro quo and abuse of power.
His attorney tweeted last year that a “coup has started. First of many steps.” and “impeachment will follow ultimately.” The date was January 30, 2017, ten days after Trump was inaugurated. This is the biggest bombshell of the year, but don’t expect blaring headlines and a big exposé from the news media.
It appears he was responding to the firing of then acting attorney general Sally Yates who had refused to follow orders to enforce the president’s executive action on immigration and was fired that night. Democrats were outraged, calling it the Monday Night Massacre.
The White House had said Yates was fired for “refusing to enforce a legal order designed to protect the citizens of the United States, accusing her of “betraying the Department of Justice.”
On that night Zaid followed up with another tweet threatening “As one falls, two more will take their place” with the hashtags rebellion and impeachment. He is like a bumbling partner in crime who talks too much and foils the plot by giving away details of an upcoming heist to strangers.
Zaid posted other disturbing and illuminating tweets in the months that followed. In May 2017 he listed all the American presidents who have been impeached, predicting Trump would be next: “Johnson (1868), Nixon (1973), Clinton (1998) impeachment hearings. Next up @realDonaldTrump (2017).”
In June 2017 he tweeted: “45 years from now we might be recalling stories regarding the impeachment of @realDonaldTrump. I’ll be old, but will be worth the wait.” Zaid viscerally hates the president and his animus threatens to derail the Democrats’ carefully orchestrated and staged impeachment conspiracy.
“I predict @CNN will play a key role in @realDonaldTrump not finishing out his full term as president,” he wrote in a July tweet. He also posted another that month: “we will get rid of him, and this country is strong enough to survive even him and his supporters.”
Zaid appeared on the rabidly liberal podcast “Just Ask the Question” last year declaring, I’m not a Trump fan,” admitting, “I go out of my way on Twitter to say #Resistance. It’s not a resistance against the GOP or a Republican — I don’t think [Trump] is a Republican, quite frankly.” He also took pride in suing “every” president since 1993, claiming he pursues “them all,” regardless of party affiliation.
Zaid has been searching high and low for whistleblowers on Twitter urging CIA employees to use his law firm to “challenge” the president.
The reaction from Republican quarters was swift and ebullient. At a campaign rally in Louisiana Wednesday night the president dramatically held up a printout of Zaid’s tweets like a smoking gun. “Democrats must be accountable for their hoaxes and their crimes,” Trump shouted hoarsely.
“I don’t know if you saw, I’m just coming off the plane, and they hand me — look at this character. They just hand me this story, ”Coup has started,’ whistleblower attorney said in 2017.'”
Trump told his loud, adoring crowd, “That was a long time ago. It’s all a hoax. They say, January 2017 — a ‘coup has started,’ and the ‘impeachment will follow ultimately.’ It’s all a hoax. It’s a scam. And, you know who helps them? These people back here — the media.”
He zeroed in on Zaid’s tweet declaring that CNN would play a role in his impeachment, gesturing to reporters with a wide sweep of his arm.
“Can you believe this?” Trump asked. “Just came out. It’s a disgrace. These people are bad people. They rip the guts out of our country.”
House Minority Leader Kevyn McCarthy tweeted Wednesday: “The lawyer behind the so-called whistleblower has been calling for a “coup” against the President of the United States since January 2017. We should take him at his word that this is a coordinated, premeditated plot to overturn the election.”
Fox News contributor David Webb said Zaid is a “bottom feeder” who “should be investigated by his state bar” in a Thursday appearance on Fox and Friends. “When you look at him and his actions … he’s not really looking for whistleblowers. He’s looking for anyone who goes against the president. He should be investigated by his State Bar based on ethics for that tweet and for his actions …. It’s a form of legal and political extortion being conducted by Mark Zaid.”
“The whistleblower’s lawyer gave away the game,” said the Trump campaign’s communications director, Tim Murtaugh, in an interview with Fox News Wednesday. “It was always the Democrats’ plan to stage a coup and impeach President Trump and all they ever needed was the right scheme. They whiffed on Mueller so now they’ve settled on the perfectly fine Ukraine phone call. This proves this was orchestrated from the beginning.”
Zaid defended his tweets in a statement to Fox News on Thursday: “Those tweets were reflective and repeated the sentiments of millions of people,” Zaid said.
“I was referring to a completely lawful process of what President Trump would likely face as a result of stepping over the line, and that particularly whatever would happen would come about as a result of lawyers. The coup comment referred to those working inside the administration who were already, just a week into office, already standing up to him to enforce recognized rules of law.”
Fox News Legal Analyst Gregg Jarrett said Thursday, “We’ve learned that the attorney, Mark Zaid, set this all up. It was contrived It was preordained.”
“It’s now obvious that this lawyer is despicable, deranged, a Trump hater, a partisan hack plotting the president’s destruction starting just 10 days after he was inaugurated,” Fox News host Sean Hannity said on Wednesday as Trump exited the campaign stage.
“This is the embodiment of rage and hatred and unwillingness to accept the election results. Psychosis. Trump derangement syndrome,” he said.