So, this began when Congressman Adam Schiff sounded the alarm on Friday.
Here is a summation of the issue at hand:
Someone within the U.S. intelligence community sent a complaint to the intelligence community’s inspector general, and while we don’t know about the nature of the complaint, the IG reviewed it and found it credible.
Just as importantly, the matter was deemed “urgent.”
Under our system, this is supposed to set a series of dominoes in motion, including an alert to the director of National Intelligence. That, by all accounts is what occurred. (There is currently no Senate-confirmed DNI, but Joseph Maguire is there in an acting capacity.)
At that point, by law, the DNI has seven days to alert the congressional Intelligence committees. And that’s the step the Trump administration, at least for now, is refusing to take.
Instead, Maguire told House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) that the complaint refers to someone outside the intelligence community and it involves matters that are privileged. This, evidently, was supposed to justify the DNI’s legally dubious secrecy.
Not surprisingly, this has led to some speculation about whether the complaint is about Donald Trump – which also raises the specter of the acting DNI, appointed by the president, ignoring his legal obligations, and withholding a credible whistleblower complaint, possibly to protect Trump from yet another scandal.
Which, in itself, might be considered scandalous.
Schiff has subpoenaed the withheld materials, demanding that the DNI give the House Intelligence Committee the information by today. If that doesn’t happen, Schiff expects Maguire to appear before the committee on Thursday.
Then, Maddow did this segment on Tuesday.
Intel chief escalates standoff over secret whistle-blower report
Rachel Maddow reports on acting-DNI Joseph Maguire missing the deadline set by House Intel chairman Adam Schiff to turn over a whistle-blower report as the law requires him to do, noting that the next step will likely be a subpoena for Maguire to appear before Congress to explain himself and the contents of the report, which the IC inspector general characterized as credible and urgent.
Now, finally, it’s blown up. OF COURSE, it’s about Dol45.
Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) Tweeted:
Breaking via WaPo: The whistleblower complaint that triggered a showdown between the Intel Community and Congress involves Trump’s communications with a foreign leader and a “promise” he made, two former U.S. officials familiar with the matter tell WaPo.
Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) Tweeted:
“White House records indicate that Trump had had conversations or interactions with at least five foreign leaders in the preceding five weeks. Among them was a call with Russian President Vladimir Putin that the White House initiated on July 31.” https://t.co/137s3qIut9 https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1174502188749639681?s=17
Now, let’s get this clear. Someone in the Intelligence Community was so worried about what they had seen/heard, that they decided to use the Whistleblower apparatus available.
When folks like me say that the attempted normalization of Dolt45 is why we’re in this mess, we mean it.
We told you that he was a threat to National Security, when he was illegitimately installed as President with the help of a hostile foreign power.
He was a threat to National Security when he refused to fire Mike Flynn.
He was a threat to National Security when he stopped having notetakers on the phone calls to other leaders.
He was a threat to National Security when he had the RUSSIANS INSIDE OF THE OVAL OFFICE.
He was a threat to National Security when we found out that he routinely does business on UNSECURED TELEPHONES.
He was a threat to National Security when he was allowed to go to those clubs of his, which are UNSECURED.
He was a threat to National Security when he revealed the photo about Iran.
He IS and consistently been a threat to National Security.
And, so many in the MSM just glossed over all of it.
So, WHAT would have upset a member of the IC so much that they felt that they had to become a whistleblower?
WHAT could it be?
Kyle Cheney (@kyledcheney) Tweeted:
NYT confirms the whistleblower described “multiple acts” by Trump. Not just a phone call or single conversation. https://t.co/W5OMKFWyu6 https://twitter.com/kyledcheney/status/1174765860906356736?s=17
And, the bullshyt put forth that ‘the President can reveal what he wants, cause he’s President’.
I don’t want to hear anything about Republicans and National Security after them being silent with this OBVIOUS THREAT TO NATIONAL SECURITY AS PRESIDENT. Always felt that they were frauds…their silence during the Dolt45 Administration just confirms it.
The Democrats need to be pounding away on this.
Dolt45 IS a threat to the National Security of the United States of America.
If you wondered how in the blue hell Candace Owens was speaking at a hearing on white supremacist violence about how there’s no need to worry about white supremacist violence, here’s how the con went down. https://t.co/8A3MyvmzHV— Dave Zirin (@EdgeofSports) September 20, 2019
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Yet. …nothing from those conservative Republicans who whined in outrage about the Auto Bailout.
Mike Dorning (@MikeDorning) Tweeted:
“At $28 billion so far, the farm rescue is more than twice as expensive as the 2009 bailout of Detroit’s Big Three automakers, which cost taxpayers $12 billion.” https://t.co/nTsH1I6et9 via @BW
The twins are cute.
Beyonce belatedly commemorates birthday by sharing SEVERAL intimate photos from 37th year including cute snap dressed as Lisa Bonet while carrying twins Rumi and Sir
By JUSTIN ENRIQUEZ FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 02:30 EDT, 20 September 2019 | UPDATED: 05:37 EDT, 20 September 2019
She turned 38-years-old two weeks ago.
But Beyonce does not want fans to forget how good her 37 was.
The pop megastar took to her personal website to share over 60 intimate photos from the last year of her life.
Perhaps the cutest one of all featured her two-year-old twins Rumi and Sir from last Halloween as the Single Ladies hitmaker was dressed as Lisa Bonet.
Hope that he’s a good father to little Brooklyn.
Real Housewives of Atlanta star Kenya Moore’s split with husband Marc Daly came after massive blowout caught on Bravo’s cameras
By ADAM S. LEVY FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 02:42 EDT, 20 September 2019 | UPDATED: 03:52 EDT, 20 September 2019
Kenya Moore and her estranged husband Marc Daly tangled in a fight at a charity event at Atlanta’s Wimbish House Tuesday in an incident that paved their path to splitsville after two years of marriag
The Crown season 3: BRAND NEW teaser FINALLY features Olivia Colman in action as Queen Elizabeth II… and Claire Foy makes a SHOCK cameo
By ANDREW BULLOCK FOR MAILONLINE
PUBLISHED: 09:15 EDT, 20 September 2019 | UPDATED: 10:58 EDT, 20 September 2019
Netflix has finally dropped a meaty teaser for The Crown’s third season – in which Olivia Colman actually speaks.
The Oscar-winner, 45, has taken over the role of Queen Elizabeth II in the royal drama, and the latest teaser gives fans a long-awaited glimpse at her portrayal of the monarch.
Younger Black Voters to their Parents; Break Up With Joe Biden, I’m Bored
White Voters Threw a Tantrum in 2016. Black Voters Are Responding With Pragmatism.
By Zak Cheney-Rice
I agreed with Maddow’s original hypothesis – they honestly didn’t think anyone would care about people being sent to certain death. You can tell that, by how they were unprepared by the blowback.
Trump admin backs off plan to deport critically ill children
09/20/19 10:00 AM
By Steve Benen
It was about a month ago when we first learned that the Trump administration was threatening critically ill children with deportation. As regular readers may recall, it was almost hard to believe.
For all of Donald Trump’s talk about targeting “bad hombres” to keep Americans safe, in this case, his administration was targeting children receiving treatment for life-threatening ailments who’d been granted “medical deferred action.” By threatening the kids and their families with deportation, the administration’s U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services was effectively delivering death sentences.
The policy was almost cartoonish in its malevolence. Even critics of the Republican White House, who’ve come to expect the worst from Trump and his team, were taken aback by the reports. These families were told they had 33 days to leave the country. There was no opportunity to appeal or challenge the decision.
As Rachel noted at the top of last night’s show, the policy in question is no more.
Speaking of regulatory schemes…
Folks do understand that our pork will be killing us soon…..with This new self-regulation of the pork industry 😠😠😠
Hilary Davidson (@hilarydavidson) Tweeted:
Why is everyone so surprised that Stephen Miller has a girlfriend? Joseph Goebbels got married and had 6 kids with his wife, Magda. Then he & Magda murdered all 6 kids with cyanide at the end of WWII. So there really is someone for everyone out there. https://twitter.com/hilarydavidson/status/1174744084872945665?s=17
Uh huh 😒🤨
Jennifer Rubin (@JRubinBlogger) Tweeted:
can’t wait to see the Trump sycophants defend bribing a foreign country to get help beating an opponent. I’m sure they’ll come up with something https://twitter.com/JRubinBlogger/status/1174849451585888257?s=17
Marcus H. Johnson (@marcushjohnson) Tweeted:
Would not be surprised at all if Trump was pressuring Ukraine to give him some information on the Biden family after what happened in 2016. Biden looks to be one of the toughest potential nominees for Trump to face. https://twitter.com/marcushjohnson/status/1174844421445230592?s=17
Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) Tweeted:
Giuliani is the guy who admits they did it, so that Trumpworld and the GOP can immediately pivot to “so what?”
Exactly how it worked w the Stormy Daniels payments. https://twitter.com/chrislhayes/status/1174865216095555587?s=17
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