A secret whistleblower complaint at the center of an impeachment inquiry claims President Donald Trump abused the power of his office. It also claims the White House then tried to “lockdown” the information to cover it up.
Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif. had something to say about the 9-page document — and he unloaded on his Democratic colleagues ahead of the testimony of acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire, who appeared before the House on Thursday.
Here’s what Nunes said:
I want to congratulate the Democrats on the rollout of their latest information warfare operation against the President, and their extraordinary ability once again to enlist the mainstream media in their campaign.
This operation began with media reports — from the prime instigators of the Russian collusion hoax — that a whistleblower is claiming President Trump made a nefarious “promise” to a foreign leader. The released transcript of the call has already debunked that central assertion, but that didn’t matter. The Democrats simply moved the goalposts and began claiming that there doesn’t need to be a quid pro quo for this conversation to serve as the basis for impeaching the president.
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Speaker Pelosi went even further when asked earlier if she’d put the brakes on impeachment if the transcript turned out to be benign. She responded, “We have many other candidates for impeachable offenses.” So there you go—if their whistleblower operation doesn’t work out, the Democrats and their media assets can always drum up something else.
And what other information has come to light since the original false report of a “promise” being made? We’ve learned the following:
- The complaint relied on hearsay evidence provided by the whistleblower.
- The Inspector General did not know the contents of the phone call at issue.
- The Inspector General found that the whistleblower displayed “arguable political bias” against Trump.
- The Department of Justice investigated the complaint and determined no action was warranted.
The Ukrainian President denies being pressured by President Trump.
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So, once again, this supposed scandal ends up being nothing like what we were told. And once again, the Democrats, their media mouthpieces, and a cabal of leakers are ginning up a fake story, with no regard to the monumental damage they’re causing to our public institutions and to trust in government, and without acknowledging all the false stories they propagated in the past, including countless allegations that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to hack the 2016 election. We’re supposed to forget about all those stories but believe this one. In short, what we have with this storyline is another Steele dossier.
I’ll note here that, in the Democrats’ mania to overturn the 2016 elections, everything they touch gets hopelessly politicized. With the Russia hoax it was our intelligence agencies, which were turned into a political weapon to attack the president. And today, the whistleblower process is the casualty. Until about a week ago, the need to protect that process was a primary bipartisan concern of this committee. But if the Democrats were really concerned with defending that process, they would have pursued this matter with quiet and sober inquiries, as we always do for whistleblowers.
But that would’ve been useless for them. They don’t want answers, they want a public spectacle. And so we’ve been treated to an unending parade of press releases, press conferences, and fake news stories.
This hearing itself is another example — whistleblower inquiries should not be held in public at all, as our Senate counterparts, both Democrats and Republicans, obviously understand—their hearing with Mr. Maguire is behind closed doors. But again, that only makes sense when your goal is to get information, not to create a media frenzy.
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The whistleblower complaint is related to the July phone call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy in which Trump asked Zelenskiy about corruption investigations regarding former Vice President Joe Biden and his family. The White House released a rough transcript of that call on Wednesday.
The anonymous whistleblower says he or she was not being present for the call, but said multiple White House officials shared details about it.
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