Is the ‘Foreign Leader Call’ Whistleblower Showdown ‘Fake News?’
A whistleblower has created quite the “DC firestorm” particularly since we know pretty much nothing. According to Fox News, “A whistleblower complaint that reportedly involved allegations President Trump made a troubling and unspecified ‘promise’ to a foreign leader.” It all started when details “surfaced overnight in a Washington Post report, but many specifics remain unclear including the identity of the foreign leader.” While Fox News has been unable to confirm the report and the White House has not offered any additional details, Trump took twitter to debase the claims.
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!
….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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 19, 2019
He has a compelling point. As Fox News summarizes:
A U.S. intelligence official filed the formal complaint in regard to Trump’s communications with an unnamed foreign leader. Fox News reports that “the complaint, in turn, has triggered a showdown with Congress, after acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire would not share details of it with lawmakers…
Those lawmakers pressed intelligence community Inspector General Michael Atkinson for details during Thursday’s closed-door testimony before the House Intelligence Committee…After the testimony, Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff, D-CA, voiced concerns about not having access to the information, warning Congress could use legal action or budgetary powers as leverage.
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