Tonight there’s a new Trump scandal that the media are hyperventilating over, one of which we don’t actually know many details about. And of course it’s being reported by the Washington Post, with “former US officials” as the source:
The whistleblower complaint that has triggered a tense showdown between the U.S. intelligence community and Congress involves President Trump’s communications with a foreign leader, according to two former U.S. officials familiar with the matter.
Trump’s interaction with the foreign leader included a “promise” that was regarded as so troubling that it prompted an official in the U.S. intelligence community to file a formal whistleblower complaint with the inspector general for the intelligence community, said the officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly.
It was not immediately clear which foreign leader Trump was speaking with or what he pledged to deliver, but his direct involvement in the matter has not been previously disclosed. It raises new questions about the president’s handling of sensitive information and may further strain his relationship with U.S. spy agencies. One former official said the communication was a phone call.
Let me just stop here.
The Washington Post is trying to make this sound like Trump spilled classified information to an enemy or something. But for all we know this whistleblower complaint could be from an Obama holdover trying to create a scandal in the administration. We simply don’t have enough details to draw any conclusions right now and with the Democrats and media on a witch hunt to dethrone Trump, it’s best to take this with a grain of salt until we have more verifiable details.
The White House did not respond to requests for comment. The Office of the Director of National Intelligence and a lawyer representing the whistleblower declined to comment.
Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson determined that the complaint was credible and troubling enough to be considered a matter of “urgent concern,” a legal threshold that requires notification of congressional oversight committees.
But acting director of national intelligence Joseph Maguire has refused to share details about Trump’s alleged transgression with lawmakers, touching off a legal and political dispute that has spilled into public and prompted speculation that the spy chief is improperly protecting the president.
The dispute is expected to escalate Thursday when Atkinson is scheduled to appear before the House Intelligence Committee in a classified session closed to the public. The hearing is the latest move by committee Chairman Adam B. Schiff (D-Calif.) to compel U.S. intelligence officials to disclose the full details of the whistleblower complaint to Congress.
The complaint was filed with Atkinson’s office on Aug. 12, a date on which Trump was at his golf resort in New Jersey. White House records indicate that Trump had had conversations or interactions with at least five foreign leaders in the preceding five weeks.
They go on to point out that Maguire may be refusing to discuss this because of legal issues. And I would expect that the White House is also being very cautious with what it shares with Schiff and company because they leak everything to the media.
So that’s basically all we know at this point. If this is a real issue then I’m sure we’ll know more at some point in the future. But for now I’m remaining a huge skeptic on this.