Here are the latest headlines happening in the arena of conservative politics: Trump whistleblower CIA officer; Giuliani says State Department directed him to meet with Ukraine; Trump has harsh words for White House “spy”; DNI says whistleblower complaint alleges serious wrongdoing; Pence advised Trump not to release call transcript.
Trump whistleblower alleged to be CIA officer
The unidentified individual who filed the whistleblower complaint against President Donald Trump is now alleged to be a CIA officer, according to a US official and another person familiar with the matter, the Associated Press is reporting. The NYTimes first reported that the individual was a CIA officer.
The attorney for the whistleblower, Mark Zaid, expressed concerns, saying publishing details about the individual will place a person in a dangerous situation, both personally and professionally. However, the Associated Press said it was publishing information about the background of the whistleblower because the credibility of the person is essential to the impeachment inquiry of President Trump.
Giuliani says directed to meet with Ukraine by State Department
President Donald Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani said that the US special representative to Ukraine, Kurt Voelker, and other State Department officials need to “step forward”
“He [Voelker] should step forward and explain what he did,” Giuliani said in an interview. “The whistleblower falsely alleges that I was operating on my own. Well, I wasn’t operating on my own.”
“I went to meet Mr. Zelensky’s aide at the request of the State Department,” Giuliani added. “They basically knew everything I was doing.”
Trump has harsh, threatening words for person who gave whistleblower info
Speaking to reporters yesterday, Trump had some harsh words (harsh even by Trump standards) and a thinly-veiled threat for the person who gave information to the whistleblower. Audio of his words was released by The Los Angeles Times.
“I want to know who’s the person, who’s the person who gave the whistleblower the information?” Trump asked, “Because that’s close to a spy. You know what we used to do in the old days when we were smart? Right? The spies and treason, we used to handle it a little differently than we do now.”
DNI says whistleblower complaint alleges serious wrongdoing by the president
Joseph Maguire, the acting director of national intelligence (DNI), appeared before Congress on Thursday and testified that the complaint filed by the whistleblower alleges serious wrongdoing by President Donald Trump.
The 9-page whistleblower complaint was released on Thursday. It alleges that senior White House officials intervened to “lock down” all the records of President Trump’s phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy.
According to the whistleblower complaint, White House attorneys had concerns “they had witnessed the president abuse office for personal gain.” Maguire said it was not his role to judge whether the allegations were credible or not, but said the whistleblower acted honorably. The DNI also insisted the White House did not direct him to withhold the complaint from Congress.
Pence urged Trump not to release Ukraine call transcript
Vice President Mike Pence urged Trump not to release the partial transcript that detailed the president’s call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, according to a new report by the Wall Street Journal. Reportedly, Pence privately advised Trump over the matter when it was first raised. However, after its release, yesterday, Pence argued that the transcript “completely vindicated” the president.