(CNSNews.com) – President Donald Trump complained Thursday that he will not be allowed a lawyer or due process at next week’s House impeachment hearing against him.
“It was just explained to me that for next weeks Fake Hearing (trial) in the House, as they interview Never Trumpers and others, I get NO LAWYER & NO DUE PROCESS. It is a Pelosi, Schiff, Scam against the Republican Party and me. This Witch Hunt should not be allowed to proceed!” he tweeted.
Meanwhile, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) told Fox News on Thursday that while he believes whistleblowers deserve protection against retaliation, he knows that “all whistleblowers are not created equal” and some of them “have a political axe to grind.”
“In this case what we have here is really an anonymous informant and for an informant to come forward with an allegation against the president of the United States and expect that he or she will remain anonymous is not particularly reasonable expectation,” Johnson told “America’s Newsroom.”
“So I don't know what is going on right now in the press. I've certainly read accounts on who the likely whistleblower is but for whatever reason the press isn't reporting that. I think to a certain extent that shows bias. If this were a whistleblower against a Democrat, I think they’d would probably have that whistleblower's name plastered all over the pages of The New York Times,” he said.
Fox News host Bill Hemmer noted that Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said the law is designed to protect whistleblowers from being fired, not give them anonymity.
“I think that that's largely true,” Johnson said. “There are restrictions in terms of attorney generals releasing the name. I’m not sure what protections -- the Whistleblower Protection Act is different for the intelligence community – one I’m generally not dealing with.
“Again, is it reasonable for an anonymous informant to remain anonymous when you’re lodging these kind of charges against the president of the United States blowing up into an impeachment inquiry? That’s not a reasonable expectation on the part of a whistleblower. They ought to realize that before they level the charges,” he said.
Johnson said it’s not a fair argument for Democrats to say the whistleblower is not irrelevant because of the witnesses who will come forward next week.
“How this complaint was lodged, the false statements by Congressman Schiff in terms of his committee not having access to the whistleblower, how this complaint even got brought to the attention of congress. I think that's part of the process that we do need to take a look at when we evaluate the entire situation,” he said.
“What do you think about the lawyer for the whistleblower? You've heard about the tweets. Apparently he was pretty active in his opposition to this president and this administration,” Hemmer said.
“That's one of the reason why the president should have the right to actually question whoever lodges the accusation. That's pretty basic tenet of our jurisprudence is to be able to confront your accuser, and right now, the president is being denied that. So I'm sympathetic with the administration's position they kind of would like to know who this whistleblower this really if it ends up being a full impeachment and a full trial in the Senate,” Johnson said.