House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and many of her Democratic colleagues in the House went all-in on impeachment after an unidentified U.S. intelligence official claimed the contents of a call between President Trump and the Ukrainian president included impeachable offenses.
Those same Democrats will probably not be happy to see they wagered their political future on the testimony of a person who is now admitting to having not even heard the call take place.
As the Western Journal reports, the whistleblower at the center of this controversy admitted that he or she “was not a direct witness to most of the events described.”
“In the course of my ofﬁcial duties, I have received information from multiple U.S. 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 U.S. election,” the whistleblower said in a complaint which was released by the House Intelligence Committee.
“This interference includes, among other things, pressuring a foreign country to investigate one of the President’s main domestic political rivals. The President’s personal lawyer, Mr. Rudolph Giuliani, is a central ﬁgure in this effort. Attorney General Barr appears to be involved as well,” the complaint continued.
“The White House ofﬁcials who told me [information about the call] were deeply disturbed by what had transpired in the phone call,” the whistleblower added. “They 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.”
And: “In the days following the phone call, I learned from multiple U.S. ofﬁcials that senior White House ofﬁcials had intervened to ‘lockdown’ all records of the phone call, especially the ofﬁcial word-for-word transcript of the call that was produced — as is customary — by the White House Situation Room.”
“White House ofﬁcials told me that they were ‘directed’ by White House lawyers to remove the electronic transcript from the computer system in which such transcripts are typically stored for coordination, ﬁnalization, and distribution to Cabinet-level ofﬁcials,” the whistleblower concluded.
President Trump responded to the release of the complaint in a tweet on Friday morning which questioned the integrity of the whistleblower. ”
Sounding more and more like the so-called Whistleblower isn’t a Whistleblower at all,” Trump tweeted. “In addition, all second-hand information that proved to be so inaccurate that there may not have even been somebody else, a leaker or spy, feeding it to him or her? A partisan operative?”
Sounding more and more like the so-called Whistleblower isn’t a Whistleblower at all. In addition, all second hand information that proved to be so inaccurate that there may not have even been somebody else, a leaker or spy, feeding it to him or her? A partisan operative?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 27, 2019