Mark Zaid — an attorney representing the whistleblower whose complaint against President Donald Trump was used to spur House Democrats’ impeachment probe — has come out in defense of controversial tweets he made in 2017, where he called for a “coup” and “rebellion” against the president.
In a statement to Fox News on Thursday, Zaid reiterated that he meant to use the term “coup” and was describing insider resistance against President Trump that he says began “just a week into” the president’s term.
#coup has started. First of many steps. #rebellion. #impeachment will follow ultimately. #lawyers https://t.co/FiNBQo6v0S
— Mark S. Zaid (@MarkSZaidEsq) January 31, 2017
Also on Thursday, Zaid issued a statement to Fox News in an attempt to clarify what he meant in his controversial messages, and he did not back down, writing:
Those tweets were reflective and repeated the sentiments of millions of people. 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, standing up to him to enforce recognized rules of law. – READ MORE