New details emerge about whistle blower complaint concerning Donald Trump’s communication with leader of foreign country.

By |2019-09-19T07:31:45-08:00September 19th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |47 Comments

Oh, this thing is getting even more intriguing. 

Courtesy of WaPo:

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 former officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly.

It was not immediately clear which foreign leader Trump was speaking with or what he pledged to deliver, but his direct involvement in the matter has not been previously disclosed. It raises new questions about the president’s handling of sensitive information and may further strain his relationship with U.S. spy agencies. One former official said the communication was a phone call.

Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson determined that the complaint was credible and troubling enough to be considered a matter of “urgent concern,” a legal threshold that requires notification of congressional oversight committees.

But acting director of national intelligence Joseph Maguire has refused to share details about Trump’s alleged transgression with lawmakers, touching off a legal and political dispute that has spilled into public view and prompted speculation that the spy chief is improperly protecting the president.

CNN gathered the names of the world leaders that Trump talked to in the week before this complaint was filed, and they include:

Russian President Vladimir Putin
North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un
The Prime Minister of Pakistan
The Prime Minister of the Netherlands
The Emir of Qatar.

Though, to be clear, we do not yet know which one, if any, this complaint refers to.

We may get more clarification in a little while as the Inspector General is currently meeting with the House Intelligence Committee about this very subject. 

It should be noted that this is the first time in history that a whistleblower has filed a complaint concerning a president’s communication with a foreign leader. 

Which suggests to me at least that this could be big. 

Update: It looks like somebody finally read the newspaper to Trump:

“Is anybody dumb enough to believe that I would say something inappropriate with a foreign leader.”

Bitch, we have heard you do that ourselves!

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47 Comments

  1. BIG September 19, 2019 at 6:37 am

    To you everything is BIG but Trump is still there.

    Sucks to be you

    • AnonCO September 19, 2019 at 10:55 am

      So, the fact that the President of the United States is a god damned traitor doesn’t bother you at all, so long as he’s “owning the libs”?

  2. Anonymous September 19, 2019 at 7:20 am

    ‘What the hell is going on here’?: Alarm raised as Trump’s Intelligence Director refuses to give whistleblower complaint to Congress

    https://www.rawstory.com/2019/09/what-the-hell-is-going-on-here-alarm-raised-as-trumps-intelligence-director-refuses-to-give-whistleblower-complaint-to-congress/

    • God spelled backwards September 19, 2019 at 7:54 am

      ‘What the hell is going on here’?> he’d been directed by “a higher authority” to withhold the complaint…

      The dogs of war is a phrase from a play first performed in 1599. … The dogs of war is a way to describe the destruction and chaos caused by war. The term comes from the play Julius Caesar, written by William Shakespeare. The entire line, uttered by Mark Antony, is: “Cry ‘Havoc,’ and let slip the DOGs of war…”

    • Anonymous September 19, 2019 at 2:14 pm

      “the only thing that matters is striking out against perceived enemies. McCabe and Comey hit him, says the Trump mind, so he hits them. Hard. Criminally.

      Remember this moment.”

      https://www.rawstory.com/2019/09/how-the-tyrant-in-the-white-house-just-took-our-government-to-a-new-depth-of-depravity/

  3. Anonymous September 19, 2019 at 7:22 am

    https://www.rawstory.com/2019/09/whistleblower-forced-to-come-forward-because-intel-officials-consider-trump-a-security-risk-cnns-avlon/

    “A Trump appointee thinks this is of such concern that Congress needs to know,” Berman began. “The question is: what was the promise, to whom, and what does it say about the president’s notion of intelligence?”

    “What it says about the president is that the president of the United States appears to be a security risk and the intelligence community is concerned that the president can’t be trusted with classified information,” Avlon replied.

    “Occasionally it goes beyond that,” he continued. “This goes back to early days of the administration when the president disclosed classified information to the Russian foreign minister, and that began a pattern of deep distrust with the intelligence community. ”

  4. Anonymous September 19, 2019 at 7:24 am

    Donald Trump dismisses revelation a whistleblower is accusing him of making a secret promise to a foreign leader as ‘presidential harassment’ and asks ‘is anybody dumb enough to believe that I would say something inappropriate?’

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7482413/Trump-dismisses-whistleblowers-claim-secret-promise-foreign-leader-phone-call.html

  5. Anonymous September 19, 2019 at 7:50 am

    “A Trump appointee thinks this is of such concern that Congress needs to know,” Berman began. “The question is: what was the promise, to whom, and what does it say about the president’s notion of intelligence?”

    “This goes back to early days of the administration when the president disclosed classified information to the Russian foreign minister, and that began a pattern of deep distrust with the intelligence community. ”

    https://www.rawstory.com/2019/09/whistleblower-forced-to-come-forward-because-intel-officials-consider-trump-a-security-risk-cnns-avlon/

  6. anonymous September 19, 2019 at 8:00 am

    https://www.rawstory.com/2019/09/national-security-lawyer-stunned-by-trumps-alarming-foreign-phone-call-scandal-never-envisioned-this-scenario-existing/

    “We’re in uncharted territory here,” he said. “As far as I’m concerned and aware, there has never been a whistleblower complaint brought to the inspector general of the IC that was verified as credible and urgent concern that the [director of national intelligence] has refused to forward on to the relevant intelligence committees and certainly… this is the first time it’s involved the president.”

    “This is something related to a serious, flagrant violation of law concerning an operation of an intelligence activity,” he said. “This whistleblower did everything right. They went through the process properly.”

  7. anónima September 19, 2019 at 8:27 am

    https://www.huffpost.com/entry/donald-trump-border-wall-technology_n_5d83615de4b0849d47244b98

    “Video of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers commander warning Trump against revealing sensitive information about the U.S.-Mexico border wall is going viral.”

  8. Anonymous September 19, 2019 at 9:59 am

    Cue right wing meltdown…

    Assault rifles may soon be dirt cheap after Colt cites flooded market and ends AR-15 production

    Colt Firearms announced on Thursday that it is ending the manufacture of the AR-15 due to “significant excess” of assault-style rifles in the firearms market.

    In a statement posted to the Colt website on Thursday, Colt argued that the market for AR-15, which it refers to as a “modern sporting rifle,” is saturated in the U.S.

    “The market for modern sporting rifles has experienced significant excess manufacturing capacity,” the statement said. “Given this level of manufacturing capacity, we believe there is adequate supply for modern sporting rifles for the foreseeable future.”

    https://www.rawstory.com/2019/09/assault-rifles-may-soon-be-dirt-cheap-after-colt-cites-flooded-market-and-ends-ar-15-production/

  9. mike from iowa September 19, 2019 at 10:00 am

    What is truly astonishing is there are, for a fact, lots iof people that still swallow as gospel every lie Drumpf tells and repeats ad nauseum.

  10. Anonymous September 19, 2019 at 10:02 am

    ‘Presidential harassment’: Trump snarls at DNI whistleblower in Twitter freakout

    https://www.rawstory.com/2019/09/presidential-harassment-trump-snarls-at-dni-whistleblower-in-twitter-freakout/

  11. Anonymous September 19, 2019 at 10:12 am

    Trump Is The First President To Have A Whistleblower Complaint Filed Against Him

    https://www.politicususa.com/2019/09/19/trump-whistleblower-first-president.html

  12. Anonymous September 19, 2019 at 10:13 am

    THREAD: Why should we be concerned that there may have been a communication between Trump and a foreign leader that involved a “promise” that was thought to be so alarming that it warranted a whistleblower complaint? There are tricky legal issues here I’ll try to spell out:

    https://mobile.twitter.com/AshaRangappa_/status/1174515385204445184

  13. Anonymous September 19, 2019 at 10:37 am

    Trump has shrunk the White House entirely around himself: ‘It is a government of one’

    https://www.rawstory.com/2019/09/trump-has-shrunk-the-white-house-entirely-around-himself-it-is-a-government-of-one/

  14. Anonymous September 19, 2019 at 12:31 pm

    Whistleblower Filed Complaint Over Multiple Trump Actions: Report

    The NYT says a complaint to top intelligence community officials about alleged conduct by the president involves more alleged incidents than first reported.

    https://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/us_5d83d812e4b0957256b3af7a

    Stunning Report on Trump’s Troubling ‘Promise’ to Foreign Leader Sparks Outrage: He’s ‘Selling Out Our Country’

    https://www.mediaite.com/online/stunning-report-on-trumps-troubling-promise-to-foreign-leader-sparks-panic-selling-out-our-country/

    • ok September 19, 2019 at 2:05 pm

      @nycsouthpaw
      We don’t know what the “promise” was yet or who the foreign leader is. We don’t know a lot about the substance. But we do know p firmly that the Trump administration’s reaction was to panic, call in a fixer from DOJ, and contort the whistleblower law to keep it all secret.

  15. Anonymous September 19, 2019 at 12:34 pm
  16. Anonymous September 19, 2019 at 12:45 pm

    Whistleblower Complaint Being Suppressed by Trump or Someone ‘Close’ to Him, Schiff Says

    https://www.thedailybeast.com/whistleblower-complaint-being-suppressed-by-trump-or-someone-close-to-him-says-schiff

  17. Anonymous September 19, 2019 at 12:48 pm

    SHUT THE FUCk UP!!!

    WATCH: Border Wall Chief Engineer Tells Trump to Stop Blabbing About Secret Surveillance Tech

    https://www.mediaite.com/opinion/watch-border-wall-chief-engineer-tells-trump-to-stop-blabbing-about-secret-surveillance-tech/

    • Anonymous September 19, 2019 at 12:49 pm

      Reporter Confronts Trump Over Mexico Not Paying for Wall: ‘Do You Feel Like You’ve Kept That Promise?’

      https://www.mediaite.com/trump/reporter-confronts-trump-over-mexico-not-paying-for-wall-do-you-feel-like-youve-kept-that-promise/

    • OK September 19, 2019 at 2:37 pm

      ” Trump held forth for almost 40 minutes, making outlandish and false claims about the wall that Mexico is still not paying for, and of which zero new miles have been built. At one point, Trump couldn’t control himself, and bragged about some technology that he probably should have kept to himself”
      ““Sir, there could be some merit in not discussing that,” Semonite replied, to laughter.

      “OK, I like that, that was a great answer,” Trump said, then proceeded to discuss details of the fence’s wired capabilities for an additional 30 seconds.”

  18. Anonymous September 19, 2019 at 12:53 pm

    Director of national intelligence decided NOT to tell Congress about whistleblower’s claim that Donald Trump made ‘promise’ to foreign leader AFTER getting advice from White House and Justice Department

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7482413/Trump-dismisses-whistleblowers-claim-secret-promise-foreign-leader-phone-call.html

  19. Tic Tac Toc September 19, 2019 at 2:16 pm

    https://www.politicususa.com/2019/09/19/trump-tax-returns-new-york.html

    Trump tried to sue New York to block prosecutors from getting his tax returns, but he only got a one week delay.

  20. Anonymous September 19, 2019 at 2:17 pm

    https://www.politicususa.com/2019/09/19/whistleblower-complaint-trump-worse.html

    A potentially explosive complaint by a whistle-blower in the intelligence community said to involve President Trump was related to a series of actions that goes beyond any single discussion with a foreign leader, according to interviews on Thursday.

  21. Anon September 19, 2019 at 2:20 pm

    https://www.cnn.com/2019/09/19/politics/donald-trump-espionage-congress-spy-agencies-oversight/index.html

    Maguire’s conduct appears to be the latest manifestation of the administration’s multi-front strategy to thwart Congress’ oversight efforts.
    If an inspector general in a government department finds misconduct or uncovers information that rises to a high level of wrongdoing defined as “urgent and credible” under whistleblowing legislation, the legal recourse is to involve Congress.

  22. Anon September 19, 2019 at 2:39 pm

    https://www.huffpost.com/entry/trump-whistleblower-complaint-intelligence_n_5d83d812e4b0957256b3af7a

    Maguire is arguing that the information he received from Atkinson is potentially privileged and falls outside of the intelligence community’s purview.

    Maguire is scheduled to testify in open session before the House Intelligence Committee on Sept. 26.

  23. Anonymous September 19, 2019 at 4:10 pm

    Yes we do believe he is dumb enough to give secrets to the enemy, wouldn’t be the first time.

  24. de·plor·a·ble September 20, 2019 at 7:45 am

    https://www.huffpost.com/entry/laurence-tribe-donald-trump-treachery_n_5d847cbee4b0849d4726e9d3

    “He violates the emoluments clauses, he enriches himself at the expense of American taxpayers, he takes money from foreign governments in order to benefit himself, he bends policy in the direction of those governments, whether it’s Saudi Arabia or another country, to enhance his own wealth,”

    “It’s treachery if not treason and it’s bribery and it’s unacceptable,”

  25. Anon September 20, 2019 at 7:50 am

    https://www.thedailybeast.com/trump-whistleblower-saga-threatens-to-blow-up-2020-campaign?ref=home

    Shortly after his election, Ukraine’s new president, Volodymyr Zelensky, and his team found themselves being pressured by Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s lawyer and confidant, to further an investigation into whether Biden may or may not have applied pressure to curtail an investigation into his son Hunter’s role on the board of Burisma, a Ukrainian gas company.

    Giuliani has said he was also inquiring about matters related to the 2016 election and attempts to dig up dirt on Trump’s former aide, Paul Manafort. He also has defended his desire to dig up dirt on Biden and his willingness to work with foreign sources to do so.

    A source with direct knowledge of the situation says that in recent months he has informally advised Trump on how to approach Zelensky. That advice came around the time rumors started flying that the president was withholding aid to the Ukrainian government until he received assurances the Biden investigation would move forward.

  26. Anon September 20, 2019 at 8:01 am

    https://www.thedailybeast.com/ukraine-is-ready-to-investigate-bidens-sonbut-only-if-theres-an-official-us-request?ref=home

    Ukraine officials see no indication Biden or his son broke their laws. If Trump wants them investigated in Kyiv, his government will need to say why and what for.

    https://www.businessinsider.com/anthony-kennedy-son-loaned-president-trump-over-a-billion-dollars-2018-6

    Just*in.

  27. OK September 20, 2019 at 8:24 am

    https://www.politicususa.com/2019/09/20/whistleblower-triggers-a-bribery-bomb-heading-straight-for-trump.html

    Whistleblower Gate just blew up right into Trump’s soft spot: BRIBERY.

    A president cannot bribe or accept bribes. He cannot order others to do so on his behalf.

    Former Director of the Office of Government Ethics Walter Shaub pointed out that a President isn’t covered by many ETHICS laws, BUT he or she is covered by the anti-bribery statute.

    $O THERE.

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