Monday, 14 October, 2019

Acting Director of National Intelligence Testifies

Nancy Pelosi Says White House Engaged in 'Cover Up' and DNI Maguire 'Broke the Law' by Withholding Whistleblower Complaint: WATCH House Intelligence Committee Questions Acting DNI's Handling Of Whistleblower Complaint
Marta Robbins | 29 September, 2019, 08:39

What still isn't clear is what the whistleblower complaint - if it became public - might add to the public understanding about the Ukraine case.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday endorsed an impeachment investigation in light of the Ukraine revelations.

"I believe that this matter is unprecedented", Maguire said.

The acting United States intelligence chief has defended his handling of a whistleblower complaint against President Donald Trump regarding a phone call with Ukraine's president. But basically, the whistleblower complaint talks about how State Department officials and Rudy Giuliani apparently followed up on the phone call that President Trump had with the president of Ukraine, as if to kind of press them or help try to facilitate the request made by President Trump in that phone call.

"A partisan operative?" Trump posed.

The whistle-blower claims they are concerned that Trump's actions pose a threat to national security and undermine efforts to prevent interference in the 2020 US election.

Trump's allies on the intelligence committee complained about what they called Democrats' baseless allegations that Magquire has been a White House toady.

Trump has denied doing anything else unsafe.

The acting director of national intelligence says a whistleblower "did the right thing" by coming forward to report concerns over the White House's handling of a call between President Donald Trump and Ukraine's leader.


For Adam Schiff, the Democrat head of the House Intelligence Committee, Maguire had "neither the legal authority nor the discretion to overrule a determination" by the inspector general. Officials then raised the possibility that the complaint could be covered by executive privilege, but no one reached a definitive ruling on that, Maguire said.

Despite their flurry of blows, they didn't land a single punch on Director Maguire.

Schiff announced shortly before the hearing that the intelligence committee had received the declassified complaint and released it to the public.

"I have received information from multiple U.S. government officials that the president of the United States issuing the power of his office to solicit interference from a foriegn country in the 2020 USA election", the whistle-blower, whose idenity is unknown, said in the complaint.

House Democrats have criticized Maguire for withholding the complaint for weeks.

But the complaint was not released to Congress in that time frame.

Director Maguire, who sat today for a hearing with the House Intelligence Committee, is a veteran of the US Navy SEALs - the elite and cream of the US military - where he worked as part of the underwater demolition team and served as commander over the fiercest warriors in the country.

Mr. Trump called it "ridiculous" and praised Mr. Putin as "very smart" while disputing that Russian Federation had hacked Democratic National Committee emails, as the intelligence community maintained.

Democrats luxuriate in criticized Maguire for withholding the criticism.


"Sounding more and more like the so-called whistleblower isn't a whistleblower at all", the president posted on Twitter.

House Democrats who have read the document say it's "deeply disturbing".

He says he was required by law to work through that with the White House and the Justice Department, and he said that that took time. The White House released a summary of the call on Wednesday.The complaint shows Trump undermined U.S. national security and tried to cover it up, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a news conference on Thursday."This is a cover-up", Pelosi said.

The Identical dynamic performed once DNI Joseph McGuire arrived before the House committee Thursday. "Because of that we were unable to immediately share the details of the complaint with this committee".

The criticism additionally tiny print concerns from USA officials about "Giuliani's circumvention of nationwide security decisionmaking processes". The complaint also alleges White House officials were aware of the gravity of Trump's actions and covered up records of the phone call.

In the event, the Senate Intelligence Committee conducts a bipartisan analysis that completes some amount of wrongdoing from Trump, that might have an effect on nearly any Senate vote on impeachment posts.

Federal whistleblowers have strong protections under a special law governing officials wanting to report wrongdoing by colleagues or superiors, but they have to go through a strictly defined process. "Because that's close to a spy", Trump said. Maguire also told the committee this morning that he does not know who the whistleblower is but has no reason to question his or her credibility.

Trump told reporters on Wednesday that he had at least one other phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, as did Vice President Pence - calls that Trump said were also innocent.


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