Trump attacks whistleblower in tweetstorm full of rants and conspiracies

By Brian Stelter, CNN Business
Updated 9:43 PM ET, Sat December 28, 2019

(CNN) President Donald Trump retweeted an attack that included an unsubstantiated name of the intelligence community whistleblower at the heart of the Ukraine scandal as part of a series of rants and conspiratorial posts Friday night.

On Saturday morning, the retweeted message was no longer visible to some Twitter users. It appeared, for most of the day, that Trump or someone with access to his account had removed the controversial retweet. Most of Friday night’s other reposts, including pro-Trump and anti-Democrat memes from suspicious-looking Twitter accounts, also appeared to be missing.

The White House did not respond to CNN’s request for comment on Friday night’s retweet and what appeared to be Saturday morning’s reversal, even after other news outlets reported Trump had removed the post.

It turned out that a Twitter glitch was hiding those retweets and lots of others. The company did not explain this when CNN made inquiries Saturday morning, apparently because the glitch was being investigated.


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