The whistleblower who came forward and first disclosed the contents of a July 25 phone conversation between President Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky probably did not write his complaint, President Trump’s personal lawyer Jay Sekulow claims.
“This wasn’t drafted by this individual,” Sekulow said during a Fox & Friends segment on Friday morning, the Washington Examiner reports.
According to Sekulow, the way the complaint was written and composed as well as specific footnotes and endnotes lead him to believe someone with an extensive legal background drafted the complaint.
“This individual has no first-hand knowledge of anything,” Sekulow told Fox & Friends host Steve Doocy.
“So, when you start with a witness saying, Steve and Brian, ‘I have no knowledge of the events I’m depicting here, and I’m basing this on conversations I had with colleagues of mine, and I think they are trustworthy.’ Well, do you know if they heard it correctly? Well, I don’t know because I don’t have firsthand knowledge. And do you think the whistleblower drafted that complaint? I mean realistically?” Trump’s attorney continued per the Washington Examiner.
“You think they had help? Did they have help?” Doocy asked.
“Look at the phraseology, the endnotes, and the footnotes,” Sekulow answered via the report. “This wasn’t drafted by this individual. This was written by a law firm. And you know what? The American people see it for what it is. No one has the — nobody has the appetite for this anymore. They want to keep doing it? Call for a vote. That’s my tell for [House Judiciary Chairman] Jerry Nadler and [House Intelligence Chairman] Adam Schiff. Call for a vote. Just go ahead and do it.”