Okay, this case wasn’t that mysterious, but now we have confirmation on who the likely culprit is.
Last week, House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff subpoenaed Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire regarding a mysterious whistleblower complaint from a U.S. intelligence official. According to reports, the complaint had to do with “serious or flagrant” abuse related to intelligence.
In a statement, Schiff wrote, “The committee — and the American people — must know why, in violation of law, a whistleblower complaint is being concealed, whether the underlying conduct involves the president or those around him, and whether the White House is involved in trying to cover up this authorized disclosure.”
Now, The Washington Post is reporting that the complaint does involve the president. Surprise, surprise!
The whistleblower complaint that has triggered a tense showdown between the U.S. intelligence community and Congress involves President Trump’s communications with a foreign leader, according to two former U.S. officials familiar with the matter.
Trump’s interaction with the foreign leader included a “promise” that was regarded as so troubling that it prompted an official in the U.S. intelligence community to file a formal whistleblower complaint with the inspector general for the intelligence community, said the officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly.
Honestly, this is like finding out your dog, and not your kid’s math tutor, was the one who crapped in your shoes — but hey, it’s nice to have solid confirmation.
And three guesses who the foreign leader in question was.
The complaint was filed with Atkinson’s office on Aug. 12, a date on which Trump was at his golf resort in New Jersey. 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. Trump also received at least two letters from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during the summer, describing them as “beautiful” messages.
According to The Post, Trump also met with the prime minister of Pakistan, the prime minister of the Netherlands, and the emir of Qatar, among others, during that period. But if he’s going to say something stupid that endangers national security, it’s a good bet that he’ll go out of his way to maximize the damage to our country because, well, he’s Trump.
So my bet is on Putin, though I might put a chip or two on Kim before the wheel of treason spins.