President Donald Trump 'Wetting His Pants' Over Ukraine Scandal Says Former Republican Chair

A former chairman of the Republican Party has claimed Donald Trump is "wetting his pants" after the president launched a Twitter tirade against the whistleblower whose complaint set off the Trump-Ukraine scandal.

Michael Steele, a former Republican National Committee chairman and now a political analyst for MSNBC, said yesterday that the tweets showed President Trump was "wetting his pants a little bit" and "trying to get control of something he's losing a grip on."

He also argued that the Trump administration started the Ukraine scandal—which prompted the Democrat-led House's decision to start an impeachment inquiry into the president—by "putting out a document they thought was innocuous and unimportant."

Steele made the remarks on MSNBC after host Ayman Mohyeldin asked him about comments Trump made about the whistleblower on Sunday in an attempt to discredit them.

In a series of tweets, the president said he deserved to meet his accuser and claimed they "represented a perfect conversation with a foreign leader in a totally inaccurate and fraudulent way."

"I want to meet not only my accuser, who presented SECOND & THIRD HAND INFORMATION, but also the person who illegally gave this information, which was largely incorrect, to the 'Whistleblower.' Was this person SPYING on the U.S. President? Big Consequences!" Trump said.

Speaking about the tweets on MSNBC, Steele said: "That's the president wetting his pants a little bit. This has him nervous. There's real concern here.

"The conflation of a legal, criminal proceeding where under our constitution you have a right to confront your accuser, that happens in a court room, not during an investigation."

Watch @MichaelSteele react to Trump's tweet on wanting to meet his "accuser:"

"That's the president wetting his pants a little bit. This has him nervous...The flashing tweets that keep jumping out is his way of trying to get control of something that he's losing a grip on."

— Kasie DC (@KasieDC) September 30, 2019

Steele added: "The real bottom line here is the simplicity of all this. This is not this great mystery of who done it, who did it when and all this, this is just a straight up, president having a conversation, this is who he had it with, this is what they talked about, and that's the problem.

"And so the President now recognizing that his own administration started this by putting out a document they thought was innocuous and unimportant turned out to be a very important document that sort of set in motion where we are now."

He later said "flashing tweets" from President Trump were "his way of trying to get control of something he's losing a grip on."

The whisteblower's lawyers raised fears for their client's safety over the weekend and asked that both Democratic and Republican leaders "condemn any intimidation against our client and others."

In a letter to Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire, they also took particular issue with a statement from Trump in which he described the whistleblower as "close to a spy."

Andrew Bakaj, the whistleblower's lawyer, said: "The events of the past week have heightened our concerns that our client's identity will be disclosed publicly and that, as a result, our client will be put in harm's way."