Trump claims impeachment making him 'stronger,' rails against whistleblower

President Trump, ahead of the first public hearings in the impeachment inquiry, maintained Friday that the all-consuming political storm is actually making him “stronger” by energizing the base—claiming the parade of witnesses to date has not hurt him while turning up his attacks on the whistleblower who triggered the probe.

“The whistleblower is a disgrace to our country,” Trump told reporters outside the White House, before leaving for a political event in Georgia. He went on to declare the whistleblower’s lawyer, who is Mark Zaid, “should be sued, and maybe for treason.”

The comments reflect a White House defiant over the escalating impeachment inquiry, which moves into a public phase next week with two hearings scheduled in the House.

His fiery criticism of the anonymous whistleblower, whose identity Trump said should be revealed, comes despite the whistleblower’s legal team sending a cease-and-desist letter to the White House demanding Trump stop the attacks — and warning about the possibility the whistleblower could be “physically harmed,” according to The Hill.

But Trump asserted Friday that the entire investigation is backfiring for Democrats.

“What they’re trying to do is weaken me, but it’s actually made me stronger,” Trump said.

“People are angry about it … and it’s made Republicans and people that vote for me, not just Republicans, really angry … because it’s a hoax,” he said.

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