An attorney for the whistleblower who raised concerns about President Donald Trump's Ukraine phone call sent a cease and desist order to the president over his repeated attacks on his client.
"I am writing to respectfully request that you counsel your client on the legal and ethical peril in which he is placing himself should anyone be physically harmed as a result of his, or his surrogates', behavior," attorney Andrew Bakaj wrote in a letter to White House counsel Pat Cipollone on Thursday, which was obtained by CNN anchor Anderson Cooper.
The letter specifically notes times when Trump said that publicly revealing the whistleblower's name would "be doing the public a service," and his remarks in September that the person who gave information to the whistleblower about the call is "close to a spy."
"These are not words of an individual with a firm grasp of the significance of the office which he occupies, nor a fundamental understanding of the significance of each word he articulates by virtue of occupying that office," Bakaj wrote.
"Should anyone be physically harmed, my co-counsel, Mark Zaid, and I will not hesitate to take any and all appropriate action against your client,” he added. "Those who are complicit in this vindictive campaign against my client, whether through action or inaction, shall also be responsible, be that legally or morally.”
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