House Intel Dem Hammers Trump on Whistleblower: ‘If He Wants to Be a Gangster’ We’ll ‘Treat Him Like’ One


Rep. André Carson, a Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, condemned President Donald Trump for his threat to expose the whistleblower in an appearance on CNN Monday night.

The Indiana Democrat was asked by CNN anchor Poppy Harlow about Trump’s statement to reporters earlier Monday that the White House is “trying to find out about a whistleblower” — whose identity remains unknown.

“Well, we’re going to do whatever we can to make sure that the identity of the whistleblower is protected,” Carson said. “I would hope that this president does not act in a way that is reminiscent of a mob figure. If he sees himself as such, he will be dealt with as such.”

“What does that mean?” Harlow asked.

“If he wants to be a gangster then we’re going to have to uphold the law and treat him like a gangster,” Carson replied. “He’s already shown that he’s a tyrant.”

“We’re doing what we’re doing,” Carson continued when asked to elaborate. “Investigating, issuing more subpoenas. Making sure he doesn’t act like a gangster and use the seat of the presidency to continue to intimidate foreign leaders, to blackmail foreign leaders.”

“To continue to pollute all the agencies and create this toxic work environment where people are afraid to come forward with whistle-blower complaints and members of the cabinet administration as well are afraid to even challenge the president. That’s a mob mentality and those are certainly traits of a tyrant.”

Watch above, via CNN.

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