The Democratic candidate for 2020 with whom the so-called whistleblower against President Donald Trump had a “professional” tie is former Vice President Joe Biden — according to intelligence officers and former White House officials and as reported by the Washington Examiner late on Thursday.
Trump himself referenced this news during his Minneapolis rally on Thursday night — saying again, as he has long said, “This is nothing but a partisan witch hunt.”
Attorneys for the whistleblower had said the individual worked “in the executive branch.”
But the Examiner “has established that he is a career CIA analyst who was detailed to the National Security Council at the White House and has since left,” the outlet reported.
The New York Times said in late September the person was a CIA officer — and the publication took heat for that revelation.
Then, on October 4, that same publication added that the individual “was detailed to the National Security Council at one point.”
Michael Atkinson, inspector general for the intelligence community, told congressional lawmakers the whistleblower had a “professional tie” to a 2020 Democratic candidate.
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) October 10, 2019
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He’d said earlier that while the whistleblower’s complaint was credible, the individual had shown “some indicia of an arguable political bias … in favor of a rival political candidate.”
Now a retired CIA officer told the Examiner, “From everything we know about the whistleblower and his work in the executive branch then, there is absolutely no doubt he would have been working with Biden when he was vice president.”
For more details on this bombshell report, read the entire Washington Examiner piece here.
As reported recently, a second whistleblower supposedly has come forward as well with alleged claims of Trump’s interest in Ukraine — including the July 25, 2019, telephone call between the commander-in-chief and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
There was never a first “whistleblower,” of course.
On Trump’s phone call, there were no promises made, no quid pro quo, no withholding of military aid, no “pressure,” no bringing up Joe Biden “eight times” — nothing of that kind.
The White House already released the transcript of that call.
“The [new] whistleblower, whose existence was first reported [recently], is similar to the first whistleblower, also an intelligence official, and according to their lawyers, has firsthand knowledge related to the events detailed in the first whistleblower’s declassified complaint from August; has met with the intelligence community’s watchdog Michael Atkinson; and is being represented by Andrew Bakaj and Mark Zaid, the same attorneys representing the first whistleblower, the Washington Examiner can confirm,” that outlet reported.
Brit Hume, a longtime political reporter and currently a senior political analyst for the Fox News Channel, recently summed up exactly what’s going on in terms of the first whistleblower who ignited a firestorm on Capitol Hill — and who may or may not know what Trump said on that phone to Zelensky in late July.
The whistleblower never heard Trump’s call himself and was relying only on reports from others.
That scenario has raised far more questions than Democratic members of Congress have been willing to admit — but one that Republicans have reminded them of and will, repeatedly.
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