A new opportunity for the grand standing politicians that do love to act up for the cameras.
It is that call to Ukraine by Pres. Trump and someone in the intel service found it disturbing and wrote to his IG….you are caught up with this saga……..and now we have the rest of the story….
We begin the saga with the transcript of the accusation……
Wednesday brought the release of a rough transcript of President Trump’s call with Ukraine’s leader. Thursday brings the release of the nine-page whistleblower report that followed. Read it for yourself here. It makes two central allegations: that President Trump asked a foreign leader to interfere in the 2020 election on his behalf, and that alarmed White House officials then tried to “lock down” all records of the call. Details:
- Interference: “In the course of my official duties, I have received information from multiple US government officials that the President of the United States is using the power of his office to solicit interference from a foreign country in the 2020 US election,” wrote the unidentified intelligence official in the complaint, per the Washington Post. “This interference includes, among other things, pressuring a foreign country to investigate one of the President’s main domestic political rivals,” says the complaint, referring to Joe Biden. “The President’s personal lawyer, Mr. Rudolph W. Giuliani, is a central figure in this effort. Attorney General (William) Barr appears to be involved as well.”
- ‘Lock down’: “In the days following the phone call, I learned from multiple US officials that senior White House officials had intervened to ‘lock down’ all records of the phone call, especially the word-for-word transcript of the call that was produced—as is customary—by the White House Situation Room,” say the complaint, per the New York Times. “This set of actions underscored to me that White House officials understood the gravity of what had transpired in the call.”
- Specifically: White House officials say they were directed by White House attorneys “to remove the electronic transcript from the computer system in which such transcripts are typically stored,” per the complaint.
- ‘Personal gain’: White House officials “told me that there was already a discussion ongoing with White House lawyers about how to treat the call because of the likelihood, in the officials’ retelling, that they had witnessed the President abuse his office for personal gain.”
- Trump strikes back: As the House begins an impeachment inquiry over the matter, Trump issued an all-caps rebuttal on Thursday: “The Democrats are trying to destroy the Republican Party and all that it stands for,” he wrote. “Stick together, play their game, and fight hard Republicans. Our country is at stake!”
Reminder–release of a rough transcript of President Trump’s call with Ukraine’s leader.
Do yourself a favor and read the document before you try to pretend you understand what is happening.
Now we have the Congressional Hearing……
President Trump has questioned the patriotism of the intelligence official who filed a whistleblower complaint against him, but the acting director of national intelligence feels otherwise. “I think the whistleblower did the right thing,” Joseph Maguire said Thursday during testimony before the House Intelligence Committee, per Reuters. “I think he followed the law every step of the way.” Maguire also defended his initial refusal to release the whistleblower report to Congress, saying the matter was unprecedented in how it touched on “complicated and sensitive issues including executive privilege.” Maguire’s testimony began just after the House panel made a declassified version of the whistleblower report public.
Maguire thinks this case “is unique and unprecedented,” said Maguire. He added that even he doesn’t know the identity of the whistleblower, while deeming the complaint “credible” and “important,” reports the Hill. Committee Chair Adam Schiff said the complaint showed that Trump “has betrayed his oath of office, betrayed his oath to defend our national security, and betrayed his oath to defend the Constitution.” But GOP Rep. Devin Nunes countered with sarcasm: “I want to congratulate the Democrats on their latest information warfare effort against the president,” he said in his opening remarks.
Read the report……made a declassified version of the whistleblower report public.
Not to let the process go forward our president attacks everything that he can….the process, the evidence and the people……
It’s another day of non-stop developments on the impeachment front—including the release of the whistleblower report and the testimony of the director of national intelligence—and President Trump made some related headlines of his own. Speaking at a breakfast Thursday morning, the president likened the still-unidentified person who filed the whistleblower complaint to a spy who committed treason, reports the Los Angeles Times. The newspaper obtained a recording of Trump’s remarks at the Intercontinental Hotel in New York. Highlights and related developments, including a report that the whistleblower is a CIA officer.
- Tough words: Trump said the person who filed the complaint is “almost a spy,” as is anyone who gave him details about the phone call. “I want to know who’s the person, who’s the person who gave the whistleblower the information?” Trump said. “Because that’s close to a spy. You know what we used to do in the old days when we were smart? Right? The spies and treason, we used to handle it a little differently than we do now.”
- Other comments: Trump lashed out at the whistleblower in particular because he did not directly hear the famous July phone call between Trump and Ukraine leader Volodymyr Zelensky; he called reporters “scum;” he insulted Joe Biden’s intelligence and reiterated that it’s Biden who should be the focus of an investigation; and he accused Democratic senators including Chris Murphy of Connecticut of having “strong-armed” Zelensky on a visit there.
- CIA official? The New York Times reports that the whistleblower is a CIA officer who worked at the White House but has since ended that assignment. The newspaper does not identify the officer by name, and his attorneys would not confirm. The complaint made public on Thursday suggests he is “an analyst by training” and “steeped in details of American foreign policy toward Europe” with a particular expertise in Ukraine politics, per the Times.
- Giuliani: Asked about the whistleblower’s allegation that senior White House officials were so alarmed about the phone call they tried to “lock down” its contents, Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani tells CNN he has “no knowledge of any of that crap.” He specifically refuted the allegation that two State Department officials spoke to him to “contain the damage” after Trump’s phone call. At Vanity Fair, an analysis by Bess Levin poses the question, “Will Trump Throw Rudy Giuliani Under The Ukraine Bus?”
- Pelosi: The House speaker says it’s clear what the newly released whistleblower report reveals: “This is a cover-up,” Nancy Pelosi told reporters, reports Politico. Then she repeated, “This is a cover-up.” Earlier, Trump accused Pelosi of being “hijacked by the radical left.”
- Takeaways: A Washington Post analysis has takeaways from the whistleblower report, and Pelosi would agree with No. 1: “The White House allegedly tried to bury the Trump-Zelensky call.”
Yesterday was a day that should be studied….but all that will be seen is the attacks and the babble…..
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