President Donald Trump’s senior adviser Stephen Miller has described the partisan whistleblower as a “deep state operative.”
“I’ve worked in the federal government now for nearly three years. I know what the deep state looks like,” he said Sunday to one of Fox News’ resident Democrat hosts, Chris Wallace. “I know the difference between a whistleblower and a deep state operative. This is a deep state operative, plain and simple.”
(Source: Fox News)
He made the remarks during a discussion with Wallace about the whistleblower’s motivations in filing a complaint against President Donald Trump.
“If you read the seven-page little ‘Nancy Drew’ novel that the whistleblower put together, it drips with condemnation, condescension and contempt for the president,” Miller maintained.
“It’s also ludicrous on its face,” he added. “It describes an elaborate cover-up that, also by the way, the president discussed on Sean Hannity [on] Apr. 25. What type of secret cover-up are you also discussing on the airways of Fox News? Furthermore, the inspector general found evidence of political bias in the individual.”
What he said appeared to be part correct, part wrong.
The Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael K. Atkinson did reportedly find that the unnamed whistleblower does boast a “political bias” against the president.
Moreover, during a phone interview on FNC’s “Hannity” on Apr. 25, the president did indeed speak about reports that certain corrupt Ukrainian officials had interfered in the 2016 U.S. presidential election in an attempt to help then-Democrat nominee Hillary Clinton.
“Mr. President, Ukraine is offering this evidence to the United States,” host Sean Hannity said. “Would you like the United States — with all this talk about collusion, they are saying they colluded on behalf of Hillary Clinton’s campaign in 2016. Does America need to see that information in spite of all of the attacks against you on collusion?”
The president responded by essentially saying yes, it would be worth reaching out to the Ukrainians to learn more about the efforts to affect the 2016 election.
But the president did not address the allegations surrounding former Vice President Joe Biden’s alleged corruption.
The whole interview may be seen below for confirmation:
Returning to the discussion on Fox early Sunday morning, Wallace continued it by arguing that, despite the whistleblower’s partisanship, his complaint was legitimate.
“But he also — both the director of national intelligence and the inspector general — said they also found his comments to be credible and a matter of urgent concern. And they turned it over to the Justice Department, so despite all that, they thought this was a credible complaint,” Wallace said.
“And they’re wrong,” Miller pithily replied.
“On whose basis?” Wallace pressed.
That was when Miller dropped his “deep state operative” remark. However, he failed to fact-check Wallace on his false claim that both the DNI and the IG had marked the complaint as “urgent.”
“The intelligence community’s inspector general, Michael Atkinson, deemed the complaint an ‘urgent concern’ that he was required by law to provide to the congressional intelligence committees,” NBC News notes. “But Maguire refused to do so on the advice of the Justice Department, resulting in a standoff with Congress that ultimately resulted in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi backing a formal impeachment inquiry against Trump.”
Speaking before the House Intelligence Community last week, DNI Joseph Maguire provided further clarification on his decision.
“Maguire insisted the complaint was not an ‘urgent concern’ because the president is not a member of the intelligence community falling under the jurisdiction of his office, ” CBS News notes.
“He is the president of the United States, above the entire executive branch,” Maguire said.
“He is the President of the United States above the entire Executive Branch” #Maguire
Parody of a Congressman Joaquin Castro could have just read the Constitution.
But he chooses to ground himself in a partisan cloak of ignorance.
— hooty1212 (@sf2010calif) September 26, 2019
During another part of Sunday’s interview with Wallace, Miller posited that the president is the real whistleblower.
“The president of the United States is the whistleblower and this individual is a saboteur trying to undermine a democratically elected government,” he reportedly said.
The statement was based on, one, the theory by the president that the whistleblower and impeachment inquiry are nothing more than attempts by congressional Democrats to undermine the results of the 2016 presidential election and potentially steal the 2020 election.
And two, the belief that Trump’s efforts to learn more about Biden’s alleged corruption make him the real hero of this story, not the partisan whistleblower.
This is a sentiment shared by many among his base:
— Dr Gina (@RealDrGina) September 26, 2019
The left is trying to get rid of President @realDonaldTrump because HE IS THE REAL WHISTLEBLOWER.
He is revealing all the corruption and reminding us why we voted for him.
— Ava Armstrong, Author™ (@MsAvaArmstrong) September 27, 2019
You, Sir, are the REAL WHISTLEBLOWER.
— Miriam Finesilver (@Com9545124102) September 29, 2019
Trump is the real whistleblower! He fights corruption tooth and nail. It isn’t easy fixing decades of corruption as one man!
— terry c (@chaseteresac) September 29, 2019
Trump is the real whistleblower. He exposed Biden and his son.
— Keith Schroeder (@KeithSc50384726) September 29, 2019
Trump is the real whistleblower here! Where are his protections? Keep up the good work Mr.President. You must be over the target ? pic.twitter.com/da3gUGJReZ
— Solarboi (@Solarboi26) September 28, 2019
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