WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- President Donald Trump unleashed a series of tweets on Thursday raging against a whistleblower’s reports that he made a ‘promise’ to a foreign leader.
- “Another Fake News story out there – It never ends!” Trump also stressed that he wouldn’t say any inappropriate thing to a foreign leader while multiple US agencies are listening.
- Although the substance of the informant’s reports was not disclosed, Wall Street Journal reports that a stalemate was reached by the intelligence community and House lawmakers.
President Donald Trump slammed reports Thursday that he made a vow to a foreign leader so disturbing so as to force a whistleblower to report it to the intelligence community’s in-house watchdog.
“Another Fake News story out there – It never ends! Virtually anytime I speak on the phone to a foreign leader, I understand that there may be many people listening from various US agencies, not to mention those from the other country itself” commented Trump in one of his string of three tweets.
“Is anybody dumb enough to believe that I would say something inappropriate with a foreign leader while on such a potentially ‘heavily populated’ call. I would only do what is right and only do good for the USA!”
Despite sketchy details of the matter including the identity of the foreign leader and the nature of the promise, The Wall Street Journal said on Thursday that the whistleblower’s complaint resulted to a deadlock between the intelligence community and House Democrats.
Although Inspector General Michael Atkinson of the intelligence community established that the complaint was legitimate and troubling enough to be considered an issue of “urgent concern”, acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire declined to disclose details of the complaint to the lawmakers.
The Washington Post, which reported the story first on Wednesday, said Maguire reasoned that his refusal stems from the fact that the focus of the complaint is outside his jurisdiction.
Adam Schiff, Chairman of the Democratic House Intelligence Committee, has also attempted to compel US intelligence officials to divulge the whistleblower’s complete details to Congress.
In a statement, Schiff confirmed that Atkinson attended a closed hearing of the committee on Thursday while Maguire has agreed to appear before the panel in open session a week after.
On Thursday however, Atkinson did not discuss the complete nature of the whistleblower’s complaint, instead, his attendance primarily involved talks regarding the process of investigating such complaints.
Source: New York Post