House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff spoke out against President Trump's "incitement of violence" against the CIA whistleblower who revealed the details of his phone call with the Ukrainian President at the Democrats' weekly press conference.
"Let's not make any mistake here," Schiff said. "The president wants to make this all about the whistleblower and suggest people that come forward with evidence of his wrongdoing are somehow treasonous and should be treated as traitors and spies. This is a blatant effort to intimidate witnesses. It is an incitement of violence and I would hope and we are starting to see members of both parties speaking out against attacking this whistleblower or others that have pertinent information."
Pelosi added: "The intelligence community recognizes the importance of whistleblowers, protecting whistleblowers who see wrongdoing of any kind in our government is essential. The president probably doesn't realize how dangerous his statements are when he says he wants to expose who the whistleblower is and those who may have given the whistleblower that information. This is a very serious--very serious challenge that the president has put there. It's very sad."
"The whistleblower has the right under the statute to remain anonymous and we will do everything in our power to make sure that whistleblower is protected, that that whistleblower's preferences in terms of their anonymity are respected," Schiff also said. "If you think about what the framers were concerned about at the time of the drafting of the Constitution they were paramountly concerned about foreign interference in American affairs. They wanted to ensure that the president of the United States was defending the interest of national security of the United States and not corruptly, secretly advancing some private agenda with a foreign power."
Watch their full press conference below: