As discussed in another thread last night, The Post published a scoop on the whistleblower complaint that is currently the subject of an investigation by the House Intelligence Committee. It involves a promise Trump made to a foreign leader on a phone call:
Trump’s interaction with the foreign leader included a “promise” that was regarded as so troubling that it prompted the intelligence official to file a whistleblower complaint with the inspector general for the intelligence community, according to two former U.S. officials familiar with the matter. The former officials spoke to The Post on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly.
Trump lied about it in the usual manner this morning on Twitter:
Another Fake News story out there – It never ends! Virtually anytime I speak on the phone to a foreign leader, I understand that there may be many people listening from various U.S. agencies, not to mention those from the other country itself. No problem!
….Knowing all of this, is anybody dumb enough to believe that I would say something inappropriate with a foreign leader while on such a potentially “heavily populated” call. I would only do what is right anyway, and only do good for the USA!
Trump is certainly dumb enough to blurt out inappropriate things to a foreign leader — it wouldn’t be the first time. The only question is who Trump was talking to and what was the nature of the promise.
Shortly after Trump tweeted his dumb tweets, Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson, the man who reviewed the whistleblower’s complaint and found it “credible” and “urgent,” met with the House Intelligence Committee. That committee’s chairman, Adam Schiff, later said Atkinson did not provide details about the complaint — Atkinson is still trying to follow the law, just as the whistleblower tried to follow the law in the first place.
Schiff says Acting DNI Joseph Maguire* will appear before the committee next week to “explain why this urgent concern should not be shared with the Congress.” The answer will be, “The [corrupt] AG [acting as Trump’s personal attorney] says I don’t gotta tell ya.”
I’m optimistic we won’t have to wait that long. We know at least two people really, really want this information to get to Congress. But while we wait, here’s an interesting story:
The house committees’ chairs say they will scrutinise a telephone call between the US president and [Ukrainian President] Zelensky on 25 July, during which Mr Trump allegedly told the Ukrainian president to reopen the Biden investigation [into alleged corruption involving former VP Joe Biden and his son Hunter, who served on the board of a Ukrainian company] if he wanted to improve relations with the US.
They claim that Kurt Volker, the US special representative for Ukraine, was told to intercede with President Zelensky by the White House, and they are looking into the activities of Rudy Giuliani, Mr Trump’s personal lawyer.
Could this be the “promise” the whistleblower heard? Maybe. Just last month, Giuliani, acting as Trump’s personal attorney, shamelessly announced that he’s pressuring a foreign government to provide dirt on a potential political opponent (again!). Because that’s the way America rolls now.
Trump and everyone associated with him are openly engaged in self-dealing, cheating and obstruction of justice. They won’t stop until they’re stopped.
*Isn’t Maguire the guy who was elevated to the acting DNI post because Trump insisted on passing over the lawful successor because reasons? Yeah, I’m sure THAT was on the up-and-up…
ETA: Via CNN:
Whistleblower concerns were over multiple acts involving Trump, sources say
The intelligence inspector general told the House intelligence committee today that the whistleblower complaint raised issues with multiple instances involving President Trump, sources tell CNN…
The New York Times was first to report there was more than one action by the President at the heart of the whistleblower complaint.
So, if you had the “All of Them, Katie” square on your Which Foreign Leader Did Trump Shake Down for Personal Favors bingo card, collect your prize!