- The Washington Times - Friday, September 27, 2019

Radio host Mark Levin says the latest calls for the impeachment of President Trump may be part of a “leak and coup campaign” against him.

The practicing attorney told Fox News’ Sean Hannity on Wednesday evening that a whistleblower complaint filed by a CIA employee looks like “a legal brief, which has been vetted by lawyers.”

“I can tell you that a CIA agent who is a policy guy for Ukraine can’t write something like this,” Mr. Levin said. “This is a legal brief. This was vetted through lawyers. I want to know who wrote this.”

Democrats maintain that it was an impeachable offense for Mr. Trump, while on the phone with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, to broach the subject of an abandoned investigation into Hunter Biden’s ties to a Ukrainian energy company.

In a transcript of the call released by the White House, Mr. Trump said: “There’s a lot of talk about [former Vice President Joseph R.] Biden’s son, that Biden stopped the prosecution and a lot of people want to find out about that so whatever you can do with the attorney general would be great. Biden went around bragging that he stopped the prosecution. See if you can look into it. … It sounds horrible to me.”

The Justice Department’s Criminal Division determined that no campaign finance laws were violated during the call.

Mr. Levin said the whistleblower complaint could be “1,000 times worse” than Mr. Trump’s phone call.

“In the New York Times today — which, of course, runs cover for the Democrats and goes after the president of the United States — they say today that this man’s lawyer — who, by the way, worked for Schumer and Clinton — doesn’t want the identity of this man known,” Mr. Levin said. “Too bad, pal. Too late. You want to impeach our president using this BS.

“This guy files [a complaint],” the “Life, Liberty & Levin” host added. “This guy’s represented by Democrats. I want to know if Adam Schiff, the Democrat staffers or any of the Democrats were involved in orchestrating this. This leak and coup campaign. Did it in Russia, did it with Kavanaugh, it’s the same damn thing. This is a rogue CIA agent. People might say, but it’s the CIA. Look what they did to the FBI. Look at this guy [former CIA Director John O.] Brennan, a complete reprobate.”

The president shared Mr. Levin’s commentary on his Twitter account Friday with a follow-up tweet on the matter, saying, “I am draining the swamp!”

• Douglas Ernst can be reached at dernst@washingtontimes.com.

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