The intelligence officer who filed a whistleblower complaint about Trump’s interactions with the leader of Ukraine raised alarms not only about what the phone call, but also about how the White House handled records of the conversation.
Breaking via NYT: The intelligence officer who filed the whistleblower complaint raised alarms not only about what Trump and Zelensky said in the phone call, but also about how the White House handled records of the conversation, according to two people.
NEW: The whistleblower raised concerns about how the White House handled the record of the Trump call with Ukraine’s president
"And Mr. Engel’s memo, dated Sept. 24, said in a footnote that it was a revision of an original from Sept. 3, and that the department had “changed the prior version to avoid references to certain details that remain classified.”"
NEW: The whistle-blower raised alarms about how the White House handled records of the conversation and the whistle blower identified multiple White House officials to corroborate his account.
Whistleblower "identified MULTIPLE White House officials as witnesses to potential presidential misconduct" Inspector General interviewed witnesses, then deemed the complaint credible and national security risk. Made criminal referral to the Justice Dept
The intel inspector general, *appointed by Trump,* concluded that the prez “may have illegally solicited a foreign campaign contribution and his potential misconduct created a national security risk.”
intel officer who filed a whistle-blower complaint about Trump’s interactions with the leader of Ukraine raised alarms not only about what the two men said in a phone call, but also about how the White House handled records of the conversation
Wow: “Mr. Atkinson eventually concluded that there was reason to believe that the president may have illegally solicited a foreign campaign contribution — and that his potential misconduct created a national security risk...”.
NEW from NYT: The Intel Community IG concluded there was reason to believe POTUS may have solicited an illegal campaign contribution
#Ukrainegate update Guilty state of mind: The whistleblower's "raised alarms not only about what the two men said in a phone call, but also about how the White House handled records of the conversation."
Here's a great big wad of "holy shit."
“The whistle-blower identified multiple White House officials as witnesses to potential presidential misconduct who could corroborate the complaint — adding that the inspector general for the intelligence community, Michael Atkinson, interviewed witnesses”
“the unusual manner in which White House officials handled internal records describing the call”
This is all so much
Atkinson eventually concluded that there was reason to believe that the president might have illegally solicited a foreign campaign contribution — and that his potential misconduct created a national security risk
Whistle-Blower Is Said to Allege Concerns About White House Handling of Ukraine Call
This is the bit onto which those who want to discredit the whistleblower will latch, but hasn’t it all been rendered moot by the rough transcript? Bias & hearsay, maybe. But the complaint adheres pretty closely to the text of the call.
Certainly inspires confidence. Good thing we have credible, forthright leaders.
I seriously can't believe that the fact that the whistleblower doesn't support Trump in 2020 is an issue of concern. I cannot imagine a plan to vote against Obama as a reason to discount any similar document.