This needs to get out to the public immediately…
The White House declassified and published an unredacted version of the “whistleblower” statement that Democrats are relying on to pursue President Donald Trump’s impeachment on a proposal that Ukraine explore suspected corruption in connection with Hunter Biden, the father of former Vice President Joe Biden.
The document does not contain any first-hand understanding of the July 25 telephone call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and depends completely on “White House officials” leaks. Even the “whistleblower” acknowledges: “I do not know which side initiated the call.”
Some of the complaint’s accusations seem to distort data exaggerations in the document itself, published by the White House on Wednesday. For example, the whistleblower claims that Trump “praised Ukraine’s Prosecutor General, Mr. Yuriy Letsenko.” Trump appears never to have mentioned Letsenko, and his reference to a prosecutor (“I heard you had a prosecutor who was very good and he was shut down”) was a reference to former Ukrainian Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin. Shokin was investigating Burisma Holdings, on whose board Hunter Biden served, at the time Joe Biden demanded he be fired, under threat of withholding $1 billion in American aid.
Moreover, the whistleblower moves beyond reporting suspected abuse and continues to construct a case against the behavior of the president’s foreign relations with Ukraine, based widely on mainstream media accounts, including on ABC News, the New York Times, The Hill, This Week with George Stephanopoulous, and other sources.
That repeats a pattern from the “Russia collusion” claim, in which the FBI relied partly on media reports to justify applying for warrants to conduct surveillance on Trump campaign officials.
The document also alleges that the White House sequestered the transcript of the Ukraine phone call (though, given the fact that “Multiple White House officials” were apparently leaking its contents, perhaps there was good reason).
Fox News reported that the Office of Intelligence Community Inspector General had found that the whistleblower had a political bias against the president and in favor of one of his 2020 rivals. The document seems to confirm that, as it devotes attention to policy arguments against Trump’s conduct of relations with Ukraine.
The whistleblower complains, for example, about decisions made by the administration, including the cancelation of a trip by Vice President Mike Pence to attend Zelensky’s inauguration.