Here are the top stories making headlines in conservative news for today: Whistleblower complaint alleges obfuscation; GOP says whistleblower complaint contains “no surprises”; US economy grows by 2 percent.
Whistleblower complaint alleges a pattern of obfuscation
The 9-page anonymous whistleblower complaint against President Trump has now been declassified and released ahead of testimony by Joseph Maguire, the acting director of national intelligence (DNI) to House investigators. The complaint mostly focuses on an alleged pattern of obfuscation.
“In the days following the phone call, I learned from multiple U.S. officials that senior White House officials had intervened to ‘lock down’ all the records of the phone call, especially the official word-for-word transcript of the call that was produced as is customary by the White House situation room,” according to the complaint.
The anonymous whistleblower claims to be told by the same senior White House officials that “this was ‘not the first time’ under this administration that a presidential transcript was placed into this codeword-level system solely for the purpose of protecting politically sensitive — rather than national security sensitive — information,” according to the complaint.
Trump whistleblower complaint declassified, GOP says ‘no surprises’
Republicans differ greatly in their interpretation of the now-declassified whistleblower complaint against President Trump than that of Democrats. The left-leaning media is latching onto the comments of House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., who said it “exposed serious wrongdoing.”
However, Republicans see it completely as the opposite.
“The entirety of it is focused on this one thing, and that’s the transcript of one phone call,” said Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah). “This is going to go nowhere.” Stuart added, “There are just no surprises there.”
“Democrats ought not to be using words like ‘impeach’ before they knew anything about the actual substance,” said Senator Ben Sasse (R-Nebraska), who is a member of the Senate intelligence panel.
US economy grows 2% in second quarter
The Commerce Department released its report for the second quarter, which shows a modest 2 percent increase for the gross domestic product for April-June. Analysts now say GDP is expected to increase by 2.2 percent for the year. Last year, the GDP was 2.9 percent, the best performance since 2015.