Only days after publishing a bogus story falsely accusing President Donald Trump’s administration of corruption, The Washington Post is back at it again with another highly dubious, anonymously sourced “bombshell” accusing the president of … wait for it … corruption.
Published Wednesday, the latest piece claims that a whistleblower within the Trump administration has filed a complaint with Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson about a “troubling” promise that the president had allegedly made to an unidentified foreign leader.
Who made the complaint? The Post doesn’t know. What does the complaint say? The Post doesn’t know. Who exactly did Trump make the “promise” to? The Post doesn’t know. What exactly did the president promise the foreign leader? The Post doesn’t know.
As for the Post’s sources, they happen to be “two former U.S. officials,” meaning that these allegations have been lobbed by people who don’t even work in the administration anymore.
Nevertheless, virulently far-left members of the Twitterati have already begun screeching in terror — as they invariably wont to do — about this “nightmare scenario.”
Of all the nightmare scenarios that could constitute an “urgent, credible” whistleblower complaint from within the intelligence community, a Trump “promise” to a foreign leader has to be among the most alarming. https://t.co/HqCWrijYVr
— Ned Price (@nedprice) September 19, 2019
Donald Trump is selling out our country for himself: making promises to foreign leaders that whistleblowers are calling “urgent concerns” to the United States. https://t.co/vI8mmiW7jC
— Matt McDermott (@mattmfm) September 19, 2019
Trump promised something to a foreign leader that was such a flagrant abuse of law that not only did a whistleblower feel it needed reporting but the IC Inspector General agreed that it met the legal definition.
What on earth did Trump promise? Who did he sell us out too?
— Bradley P. Moss (@BradMossEsq) September 19, 2019
I try not to share stories like this too often on my timeline but I’m making an exception this time because this is just the worst. 😡 https://t.co/oryBvcvkHm
— We’re All In This Together (@CharlieReece) September 19, 2019
Huge reveal on Trump’s methods. He is selling out our country in the most tragic and venal manner. He is the biggest national security threat in America. https://t.co/gJ20K9EaLD
— Ruth Ben-Ghiat (@ruthbenghiat) September 19, 2019
Ummm. This seems kind of worrying. Shouldn’t we all know what promises Trump is making to a foreign leader – a promise so concerning someone is blowing the whistle??? https://t.co/OE6LVvn6lB
— Neera Tanden (@neeratanden) September 19, 2019
NOW can we impeach him? https://t.co/O1OuE5I7k3
— Steven Bellovin (@SteveBellovin) September 19, 2019
It’s unclear how many more fake news stories it will take until left-wing Twitter users finally learn to stop rushing to judgment. It’s as vexing of a question as the age-old classic, “How many licks does it take to get to the Tootsie Roll center of a Tootsie Pop?”
“Trump’s interaction with the foreign leader included a ‘promise’ that was regarded as so troubling that it prompted an official in the U.S. intelligence community to file a formal whistleblower complaint with the inspector general for the intelligence community, said the former officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly,” the actual report by The Washington Post reads.
“It was not immediately clear which foreign leader Trump was speaking with or what he pledged to deliver, but his direct involvement in the matter has not been previously disclosed,” the Post’s report reads.
“It raises new questions about the president’s handling of sensitive information and may further strain his relationship with U.S. spy agencies. One former official said the communication was a phone call.”
The last set of so-called “questions” were raised by CNN, which ran a since-debunked story last week accusing the president of having so badly jeopardized the position of a CIA spy situated in Russia that the agency was forced to extract the spy for his or her safety.
The report was so disgracefully wrong and potentially “dangerous” that it spurred caustic backlash from former White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders:
— Dian (@Dian5) September 15, 2019
All of this isn’t to say that there isn’t a genuine whistleblower complaint being reviewed by Atkinson. There has been a complaint filed, but intelligence officials have reportedly been trying to resolve the matter in-house without congressional interference.
These efforts have failed in part because of House Intelligence Committee chair Rep. Adam Schiff, who’s reportedly been pestering officials for the full details on this complaint. But thus far, acting National Intelligence Director Joseph Maguire has refused to bend the knee.
“The acting director of national intelligence, Joseph Maguire, did not meet the deadline set by the House Intelligence Committee to turn over materials that the committee chairman subpoenaed on Friday — the substance of a whistleblower complaint and relevant correspondence with the White House,” CBS News confirmed Wednesday.
“Chairman Adam Schiff said Tuesday he now expects Maguire to appear in open session this Thursday, ‘under subpoena if necessary.’ Schiff believes Maguire is withholding the whistleblower complaint in order to protect an even higher-ranking official, possibly a top administration official or even President Trump.”
But Schiff has claimed the complaint is of “urgent concern” and must be scrutinized by Congress.
“The complaint forwarded to the ICIG does not meet the definition of ‘urgent concern,” Office of the Director of National Intelligence counsel Jason Klitenic tried to explain to Schiff this week.
“This complaint … concerned conduct by someone outside the Intelligence Community and did not relate to any ‘intelligence activity’ under the DNI’s supervision … the law did not require that the DNI forward the complaint to the Intelligence Committees.”
The evidence strongly suggests that this complaint pertains to some minor matter involving some minor officials within the Trump administration. But none of this seems to matter to either Schiff or the so-called “journalists” over at The Washington Post …
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