The whistleblower could be a furious partisan, or he could be someone purer than driven snow. That factor doesn’t make the accusation any more true or false.
Adam Schiff’s spokesman, Patrick Boland, told the New York Times that the congressman “never saw any part of the complaint or knew precisely what the whistle-blower would deliver.” How much work is “precisely” doing in that sentence?
If you’re House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, you’ve probably noticed that is now two unforced errors on the part of Adam Schiff in this process already; first the ‘parody’ of Trump’s call readout, now, “We have not spoken directly with the whistleblower.”
NYTimes, May 1: “Kostiantyn H. Kulyk, a deputy for Mr. Lutsenko who was handling the cases before being reassigned last month, told The Times that he was scrutinizing millions of dollars of payments from Burisma to the firm that paid Hunter Biden.”
If the whistleblower had never written the complaint, we may have ended up in the same spot anyway. By Aug. 21, "several government officials” told the Times Giuliani "created a perception" that a Trump meeting depended upon support for investigations.
My cold take: When the story of this impeachment effort is written, the whistleblower will just be an afterthought.
So what were the prosecutors looking into? They reportedly had financial records that included $3 million to Hunter Biden. Why did they care?
Was Hunter Biden simply guilty of being underqualified, overpaid, and a figurehead to create the impression that Burisma is better-connected than it really was? Or had some U.S. or Ukrainian law been broken by the company?
Our Mairead McArdle already noticed that on September 17, Schiff appeared on MSNBC and declared, “We have not spoken directly with the whistleblower.” Really depends on how you define “we”, huh?
So it’s not quite accurate to say Trump and Giuliani wanted the Ukrainians to investigate Hunter Biden; they wanted them to reopen the investigation into Hunter Biden and Burisma.
"The motive of the accuser doesn’t make the accusation any more or less true or false." When the Story Is Written, the Whistleblower Will Just Be an Afterthought