So, this began when Congressman Adam Schiff sounded the alarm on Friday.
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.
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.