Thursday, 23 January, 2020

Trump denounces 'partisan' whistleblower but says ID unknown

President Trump denies he said anything inappropriate in a conversation with a foreign leader as a whistle blower alleges President Trump denies he said anything inappropriate in a conversation with a foreign leader as a whistle blower
Robin Buchanan | 23 September, 2019, 00:59

President Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani gave conflicting answers in an interview on CNN on Thursday night as to whether he asked Ukraine to look into former Vice President Joe Biden, saying at one point "of course I did".

The Trump administration is in a standoff with leaders of the Democrat-controlled U.S. House of Representatives over the August 12 complaint from a whistleblower within the intelligence community, reported to involve Trump's communications with a foreign leader.

The meeting comes days after a controversy erupted over a whistleblower complaint related to a conversation Trump held with a foreign leader.

"This is what the mob does best - hyperventilating at the remote possibility that this unknown information will somehow lead to the impeachment that they've been craving (since) the day after Election Day 2016", he said.

Regan's guest, conservative talk radio host Buck Sexton, agreed, and claimed that Trump would be well within his Constitutional powers to forcefully solicit a foreign government into investigating a USA politician, even if that person might also be opposing Trump in the 2020 election.

The complaint did indeed involve Trump, according to new reports, and a promise that he made to the leader of a foreign country. He scolded reporters for asking about it and said it was "just another political hack job".

Trump allegedly sought to encourage the Ukrainians to pursue corruption charges against Biden's son Hunter, who worked with a Ukrainian natural gas company.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Trump faces "serious repercussions" if reports are accurate of a whistleblower's complaint reportedly about his contact with a foreign leader.

"Knowing all of this, is anybody dumb enough to believe that I would say something inappropriate with a foreign leader while on such a potentially "heavily populated" call".

House Democrat Jackie Speier emerged from the Atkinson briefing expressing concern about what she called "the violation of the law" regarding failure to send the whistleblower complaint to Congress.

The rancorous standoff between Congress and the Trump administration over a whistleblower's complaint hinges on a 20-year-old law created to protect those in the intelligence community who want to raise concerns about things they've seen or heard. Democrats have contended that Trump, in the aftermath of special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation, may have asked for foreign assistance in his upcoming reelection bid.

According to the Post, the complaint was filed two and a half weeks after Trump had a call with recently elected Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. "Above all else we must defeat Donald Trump period and stop his abuse of power", Biden said.

Atkinson made clear that he disagreed with a lawyer for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, who had contradicted the inspector general and found that the whistleblower complaint did not meet the statutory definition of an urgent concern because it involved a matter not under the DNI's jurisdiction.

Schiff said acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire will testify in an open session before the panel next week.

"It was disgraceful, where he talked about billions of dollars he's not giving to a certain country unless a certain prosecutor's taken off the case", Trump said, appearing to refer to January remarks when Biden discussed his interactions with Ukraine's leadership when serving as vice president.

Ukraine's prosecutor general told Bloomberg in May he had no proof of wrongdoing by Biden or his son.

Atkinson on Thursday appeared behind closed doors before the US House of Representatives Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, but declined under administration orders to reveal to members the substance of the complaint.

Giuliani acknowledged Thursday on CNN that he asked Ukrainian officials to investigate Joe Biden.


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