Top Republicans on Thursday sought to identify White House officials who reported on officials reporting alleged Trump misconduct after Democrats launched their impeachment investigation – and several apparent inconsistencies emerged in the complaint at the whistle.
Specifically, Republicans questioned why sources from White House reporters did not file a complaint themselves – especially given that the relevant reporting procedures did not protect second-hand complaints. (The New York Times reports that reporters are CIA employees detailed in the White House. Fox News did not confirm the Times report.)
Ans. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz., A member of the House Judiciary Committee, told Shepard Smith Reporting Thursday on Fox News that the administration has an obvious leakage problem, adding, "if you are running something you need to be classified, then … this is probably criminal in nature. "
" Let's find out, "Biggs said when Smith asked if he wanted to see the offender's sources.
The culprit's complaint, published earlier in the day, did not contain first-hand reports of misconduct. He cites information from White House officials who say there have been efforts to conceal Trump's July phone call with Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky, among other conversations. The Trump administration has been reported to begin transcribing Trump's calls to several foreign leaders in highly classified storage after leaks publicly revealed the contents of Trump's personal conversations with Mexico and Australia leaders in 2017
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The complaint alleges that Trump has made "specific requests, The Democratic National Committee (D NC) and reviewed by the US cybersecurity firm CrowdStrike "- a request that did not appear in the classified transcript of a call made by the Trump administration on Tuesday. Trump mentioned CrowdStrike but did not request the server.
And according to the complaint of the filers signals, by mid-May US diplomat Kurt Walker tried to "deal with the damage" by Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani o Ukraine.
But a July 19 text message from Volker to Giuliani delivered to Fox News on Thursday showed that Volker had actually encouraged Giuliani to contact Ukraine – even sending Giuliani a message, "linking you here to Andrey Yermak, who is very close to President Zelensky. "
In addition, the complaint states that Trump "suggests that Mr. Zelensky may want to detain" his current Attorney General, a claim that is not supported by the transcript.
CBS News reported late Thursday that complainants also mistakenly claimed that a State Department employee had been in conversation with Zelensky.
TRUMPES ON OFFICIALS, RECOGNIZES CORRUPTION, THE HYPOCRISIS DEMUS raising questions about the identity and credibility of the individuals, Assoc. Lindsey Graham, RS.C., expressed Biggs' skepticism and called for more information.  why. Why don't they file a complaint? "He asked on Twitter.
" When I think of complaints about violators, I usually think of someone who knows firsthand about the events in question, "added Graham.
Trump, for his part,
"I want to know who the person is, who is the person who provided the information on the whistle?" Because it's close to a spy, "Trump said in an audio of his remarks at a private event at a New York hotel obtained by The Los Angeles Times." Do you know what we did in the old days when we were smart? Right? Spies and betrayal, we handled it a little differently than we do now. "
TRIMPA ADMINI DECLARATIONS, PERFORM WHISTLEBLOWER TRANSCRIPT "White House officials who heard" Trump's July call to Zelensky were "deeply disturbed" by him, and that White House attorneys discussed how to handle the call "because of the likelihood that officials were witnesses that the president is abusing his personal post odo " ]
The complaint continued to raise the specter of concealment. It said: "In the days following the phone call, I learned from numerous U.S. officials that White House seniors had intervened to" lock "all phone call records, especially the official word-for-word transcript,  Trump administration officials say the White House lawyers "directed" them to remove the transcript of the conversation from the computer system where they were usually held, according to the complaint. Instead, the transcript is claimed to be stored in a system commonly used for classified information. The signalman said that according to White House officials "is not the first time" a systematic presidential record has been placed on the system to protect politically sensitive information rather than nationally sensitive information.
Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire, in a tense testimony Thursday on Capitol Hill, defended his work on the whistleblowing complaint, while calling the matter "unprecedented." House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif, repeatedly pressured him to agree that the matter should be investigated. CALL
Maguire emphasized that the committee had all the necessary information, including the complaint of offenders publicly published
Maguire also emphasized that the complaint was essentially "rumors" and not "confirmed by other people."
On Wednesday, the White House released a transcript of Trump's July call to Zelensky, indicating that Trump wants a review of former Vice President Joe Biden's efforts to fire the former Attorney General of Ukraine. Zelensky, speaking to Trump later in the day, said he did not feel pressure at all during the call to investigate Biden.
Joe Biden confessed to camera that when he was vice president, he successfully pressured Ukraine to fire prosecutor Victor Shokin, who was investigating the natural gas company Burisma Holdings – where Biden Hunter's son played an extremely lucrative role.
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Biden's supporters claim that Shokin has been widely accused of corruption. On the other hand, critics accused that Hunter Biden may have essentially sold access to his father, who urged Ukraine to increase its natural gas production.
Trump calls for Ukraine to seek Bidens after Zelensky first mentioned corruption issues in Ukraine and after Trump separately requested as a "service" Ukraine to assist in the investigation of foreign interference in the 2016 election. , including a hack on the Democratic National Committee (DNC) server including CrowdStrike.
The call came shortly after Trump froze millions of dollars in military aid to Ukraine. However, aid was later released in Ukraine and the Ukrainians were not aware that the money was frozen in the first place until more than a month after Trump's interview with Zelensky, according to The New York Times. John Roberts and Brooke Singman on Fox News contributed to this report.