While Trump claims conversation with Ukraine president was ‘totally friendly,’ Chairman Schiff says whistleblower willing and ready to testify
As calls for impeachment among lawmakers, politicians, and the general public reached a boiling point ahead of what could be crucial caucus meeting with House Democrats on Tuesday afternoon, President Donald Trump announced that he has authorized the declassification and release of the transcription of a call he had with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky on July 25 of this year.
“Anything short of whistleblower complaint is more obstruction.”
—Marcy Wheeler, journalist“I am currently at the United Nations representing our Country, but have authorized the release tomorrow of the complete, fully declassified and unredacted transcript of my phone conversation with President Zelensky of Ukraine,” Trump tweeted from New York.
“You will see,” the president continued, “it was a very friendly and totally appropriate call. No pressure and, unlike Joe Biden and his son, NO quid pro quo! This is nothing more than a continuation of the Greatest and most Destructive Witch Hunt of all time!”
As the Washington Post notes, the president’s decision to release a transcript of the call “follows nearly a week of speculation around what he specifically asked for during a call that an intelligence official found so problematic he filed an official complaint.”
In addition to the transcript, however, national security journalist and expert Marcy Wheeler was among those who argued that what also must be released is the whistleblower complaint that sits at the heart of the controversy. The possibility that Trump had put a quid pro quo before Zelensky during the July call only became publicly known because of a filed whistleblower complaint that the acting Director of National Intelligence, Joseph Maguire, has so far refused to share with members of the House Intelligence Committee—despite statute requiring him to do so.
As Trump denies a quid pro quo in his latest impeachable activity, remember that his obstruction prevented Mueller from obtaining evidence key to determining quid pro quo in the last one.
Anything short of whistleblower complaint is more obstruction. https://t.co/jBZIYQ4MUp
— emptywheel (@emptywheel) September 24, 2019
“Anything short of whistleblower complaint is more obstruction,” Wheeler said.
She was far from alone.
It’s the whistleblower complaint that matters. This is nothing but a down payment on that, and it has all the feel of the Barr summary that preceded the Mueller report. https://t.co/WunXEw5wHg
— Walter Shaub (@waltshaub) September 24, 2019
Congress needs the whistleblower complaint—as required by law—that reportedly references you making a still-unknown “promise” to a foreign leader. A promise, according to reports, that the Inspector General found to be alarming and of urgent concern. https://t.co/SrRcCkooC6
— Sen. Patrick Leahy (@SenatorLeahy) September 24, 2019
Meanwhile, just a short time after Trump’s announcement, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif), chair of the House Intelligence Committee, announced that his office had been in touch with the lawyer’s representing the whistleblower who said that their client is willing to testify about the complaint.
“We have been informed by the whistleblower’s counsel that their client would like to speak to our committee and has requested guidance from the Acting DNI as to how to do so,” Schiff tweeted. “We’re in touch with counsel and look forward to the whistleblower’s testimony as soon as this week.”
Arizona Republican likens Trump’s loss to Japan getting nuked while losing WW II — but as a good thing
President Donald Trump on Monday allowed President-elect Joe Biden's transition to proceed -- while vowing he would never concede.
Despite Trump losing the election, some Trump supporters are refusing to accept the outcome.
One Arizona Republican in Congress, Paul Gosar, drew upon the historical knowledge him learned on his way to becoming a dentist in a bizarre analogy he posted on Twitter.
Gosar suggested the Trump movement would be like an Imperial Japanese soldier in World War II who refused to surrender until 1974.
Neal Katyal predicts law schools will teach a ‘Worst Mistakes in Court’ class on Trump’s ‘pathetic’ 20-day fiasco
Prominent lawyer Neal Katyal is best known for having tried over 40 cases before the United States Supreme Court and serving as acting Solicitor General during the Obama administration.
But he also has spent more than two decades as a law professor at Georgetown.
He drew upon all of that experience for a Monday evening appearance on MSNBC's "The Last Word" with Lawrence O'Donnell.
"Someday a law school class is going to be called 'The Worst Mistakes in Court' -- and it will be just about these 20 days," Katyal predicted. "Because this legal strategy is so pathetic it makes Trump's coronavirus strategy look competent by contrast."
Trump vows he ‘will never concede’ — in 11 pm conspiracy-filled rant
Donald Trump lost the 2020 presidential to President-elect Joe Biden, but is still refusing to concede.
White House aides reportedly convinced him to allow Biden to begin his transition by telling him he did not need to use the word "concede."
But that word appeared to be on his mind late Monday night.
"What does GSA being allowed to preliminarily work with the Dems have to do with continuing to pursue our various cases on what will go down as the most corrupt election in American political history?" Trump asked while continuing to lie about the election being corrupt.