As more details about an alleged whistleblower’s complaints of President Donald Trump’s comments to a foreign leader become clearer, the commander-in-chief has himself alleged that the controversy is not as big a deal as everyone is making it out to be.
The complaint, which came about from a member of the intelligence community, purports that Trump made a startling promise to a foreign leader that this person deemed improper. The worry from this individual was enough to warrant the Inspector General of the intelligence community to describe it as “urgent,” which ordinarily requires alerting select members of Congress to hear about it.
Yet the executive branch has so far not provided any committee members of Congress with details of the complaint, setting up an impasse that could require judiciary intervention if the issue cannot be resolved.
Trump himself blasted media reports over the matter on Friday, suggesting it was a coordinated effort by news agencies and Democrats in Congress to attack his presidency.
The “Radical Left Democrats” and “Fake News Media,” Trump alleged, “think I may have had a “dicey” conversation with a certain foreign leader based on a ‘highly partisan’ whistleblowers [sic] statement. Strange that with so many other people hearing or knowing of the perfectly fine and respectful conversation, that they would not have also come forward.”
Trump added that no one else has come forward because he didn’t do anything improper, adding that “there was nothing said wrong, it was pitch perfect!”
Not much is known at this point what the whistleblower’s complaint specifically alleges the president may have promised. But reporting from the Washington Post, which initially broke the news of the complaint itself earlier this week, revealed on Thursday evening that the issue has to do with Ukraine.
The complaint reportedly came about just two weeks after Trump spoke with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky, leading some on social media to speculate the matter may have to do with the administration withholding aid to that nation until they agree to open an investigation into Democratic candidate for president Joe Biden and/or his son, Hunter Biden. Such a quid pro quo, experts have said, would be an alarming political misuse of the presidency.
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