Trump Lawyer Pam Bondi Claims Whistleblower Is Not a 'Real' Whistleblower But an 'Informant' and 'Leaker'

Former Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi said the whistleblower who set off an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump is not a "real" whistleblower but an "informant" and "leaker."

Bondi, who is among the lawyers on Trump's defense team, called the articles of impeachment against the president "basic trash" and insisted he has "done nothing wrong" during an appearance on Fox News' Justice with Judge Jeanine.

She made the comment about the whistleblower while speaking about whether Rep. Adam Schiff, who is leading the prosecution in the president's impeachment trial, could be called as a witness. Trial proceedings are set to begin in earnest on Tuesday.

"We very well may call him as a witness, if we ultimately have witnesses, so don't discount that yet," Bondi said.

"He says he has no idea who the whistleblower is, no contact with the whistleblower and then what do we find out? His team had basically been coaching the whistleblower, who's not a real whistleblower of course by the way, the informant, the leaker," she added.

Bondi added that the articles of impeachment against Trump are "insufficient."

"It's insufficient on its face, on the merits, and yet they're sending this basic trash to over to the U.S. Senate and the Senate is a lot smarter than that, especially with Adam Schiff presenting, bring it on because we're ready to go," she said.

White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham told Newsweek she agreed with Bondi's point of view. "I think her comments stand," she said.

Umm Pam Bondi says the whistleblower is not a real whistleblower but rather an informant and a leaker

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Bondi's comments regarding Schiff and the whistleblower appeared to be referring to the revelation by The New York Times in October last year that the whistleblower had approached an aide on the House Intelligence Committee—which Schiff heads—before filling a formal complaint.

The aide shared some of what the whistleblower conveyed to him to Schiff, The Times reported, citing an official but did not reveal the whistleblower's identity to him.

"Like other whistle-blowers have done before and since under Republican and Democratic-controlled committees, the whistle-blower contacted the committee for guidance on how to report possible wrongdoing within the jurisdiction of the intelligence community," Patrick Boland, a spokesman for Schiff, told the newspaper at the time.

The whistleblower's complaint raised concerns about a phone call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy on July 25 last year.

The Democratic-controlled House impeached Trump in December on charges that he abused his power for personal gain by pressuring Ukraine to launch a corruption investigation into Joe Biden.

Trump was also charged with obstructing Congress by directing administration officials and agencies not to cooperate with the House impeachment inquiry.

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Former Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi speaks during a meeting with President Donald Trump and state and local officials on school safety at The White House February 22, 2018 in Washington, DC. Chris Kleponis/Getty Images

Trump's legal team sent the Senate a fiery response to its impeachment summons, saying the president "categorically and unequivocally" denies the charges of abuse and obstruction against him.

It calls the two articles of impeachment passed by the House "a dangerous attack on the right of the American people to freely choose their president."

According to the Associated Press, the filing adds: "This is a brazen and unlawful attempt to overturn the results of the 2016 election and interfere with the 2020 election, now just months away."

A representative for Schiff have been contacted for comment.