The White House will not only be releasing the transcript of President Trump’s conversations with the leader of Ukraine, but another document will also be made public showing the inspector general found the so-called whistleblower in the controversy had “political bias.”
The breaking news that there was a political agenda behind the whistleblower’s accusation against the president was shared by Fox News’ Ed Henry Tuesday as he relayed the information by a senior Trump administration official to Sean Hannity.
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“The inspector general found that the whistleblower had “political bias” in favor of a rival candidate of President Trump in 2020,” Henry said on “Hannity,” referring to the complaint filed against the president over his telephone conversation with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky in July, asking the leader to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden’s son Hunter and his business dealings in the country.
The administration official did not identify to Henry who the rival candidate was, but did reveal that there is “absolutely no smoking gun” in the transcript of the phone call between the two leaders which Democrats have been clamoring for, for days.
While the White House official noted the transcript is “nowhere near as inflammatory as Democrats and some of the media have suggested,” according to Henry, there are “a few words” that will likely “raise eyebrows and are going to cause political headaches for the White House.”
Hannity countered that he would now like to demand that Biden “release all of his conversations that he had when he was vice president with Ukraine,” citing the Democrat’s own “bragging” on camera last year that he strong-armed then-Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in March 2016 when he was serving as vice president in the Obama administration.
Biden told an audience how he threatened that the administration would pull U.S. aid if Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin was not immediately fired. Shokin, at the time, was conducting a corruption probe of the natural gas company that employed Biden’s son.
Trump authorized the release of the transcript of the “totally appropriate call” he had with the Ukrainian leader on Tuesday, just as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced that “the president must be held accountable” and endorsed a formal impeachment inquiry.
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“This week, the president has admitted to asking the president of Ukraine to take actions which would benefit him politically,” Pelosi said. “Therefore, today, I’m announcing the House of Representatives is moving forward with an official impeachment inquiry. I’m directing our six committees to proceed with their investigations under that umbrella.
“The president must be held accountable,” she added. “No one is above the law.”
Trump, who was in New York addressing the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday, blasted the “witch hunt” in a tweet.
They never even saw the transcript of the call. A total Witch Hunt!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 24, 2019
The president had already defended himself several times over the allegations in the whistleblower complaint and against attacks from Democrats about alleged collusion.
“The one who’s got the problem is Biden… Biden did what they would like to have me do except for one problem. I didn’t do it. What Biden did is a disgrace,” Trump told reporters Monday.
Trump’s attorney Rudy Giuliani doubled down on his previous demands that Ukraine investigate Biden’s dealings in their country, tweeting out a late night message Tuesday accusing Democrats of “covering up” corruption.
Democrat party is covering up a pattern of corruption involving high level members of the Obama cabinet. The multi-million and billion dollar pay-for-play is mind boggling. Biden Family sale of office to Ukraine was not the only one or the most egregious. Slimy Joe is not alone.
— Rudy Giuliani (@RudyGiuliani) September 25, 2019
Vice President Mike Pence slammed the one-sided criticism of the president during an interview with Hannity that aired on Monday, calling out critics and the media for ignoring the allegations against Biden. Pence would not say whether he agreed that Trump should release the transcript but said the move would be “unprecedented” and would “undermine” any president’s ability to speak candidly with foreign leaders in the future.
Fox News reported Tuesday that with “the upcoming planned release of the transcript on Wednesday, the White House has put in place protections to preserve the confidential nature of conversations between the president and world leaders.”
Republicans have warned that impeachment threats could backfire on Democrats as the Ukraine controversy may well end up exposing more of their own corruption that provides the “smoking gun” they are after in taking Trump down. Rep. Jim Jordan called out his colleagues’ predictable actions in a statement on Tuesday following Pelosi’s announcement.
Democrats have been trying to impeach the President since the beginning of this Congress.
-Michael Cohen’s testimony was a bust
-John Dean’s testimony was a waste of time
-The Mueller report did not live up to the hype
— Rep. Jim Jordan (@Jim_Jordan) September 24, 2019
“Speaker Pelosi’s decision to pursue impeachment now – on the basis of unsubstantiated, indirect, and anonymous allegations – only shows that the Speaker has finally succumbed to unrelenting pressure from the socialist wing of the Democrat Party,” the Ohio lawmaker and House Oversight Committee Ranking Member added.
“This was never about Russian collusion or Ukrainian prosecutions,” he said. “It is all about undoing the 2016 election and the will of the American people.”
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