Trump-Ukraine controversy: Intelligence chief says whistleblower acted in ‘good faith’


Yesterday we were presented
with a record of a call between the president of the
United States and the president of Ukraine
in which the president, our president, sacrificed our security
and our constitution for his personal and political benefit. Why you chose to allow the
subject of the complaint to play a role in deciding whether
Congress would ever see the complaint. Why you stood silent when a
intelligence professional under your care and protection was ridiculed
by the president, was accused of betraying his or her country
when that whistleblower by their very act of coming forward
has shown more dedication to country, more of an understanding of
the president’s oath of office than the president himself. – First, I want to stress that I
believe that the whistleblower and the inspector general have
acted in good faith throughout. I have every reason to believe
that they have done everything by the book and followed the law. Respecting the privileged nature
of the information and patiently waiting while the executive privilege
issues were resolved. Wherever possible, we have worked
in partnership with the inspector general
on this matter. While we have difference of opinions
on the issue of whether or not it is of urgent concern, I strongly
believe in the role of the inspector general. Second, although executive privilege
prevented us from sharing the details of the complaint with the committees
until recently, this does not mean that the complaint was ignored. The inspector general, in consultation
with my office, referred this matter to the Department
of Justice for investigation. Finally, I appreciate that in the past,
whistleblower complaints may have been provided to Congress
regardless of whether they were deemed credible or satisfied
the urgent concern requirement. However, I am not familiar with
any prior instances where a whistleblower complaint touched
on such complicated and sensitive issues, including executive privilege. I believe that this matter
is unprecedented. I also believe that I handled this
matter in full compliance with the law at all times and I am committed
to doing so, sir.


18 Responses

  1. JonnyRed801

    September 26, 2019 5:44 pm

    But it’s okay for Democratic senators to encourage Ukraine to investigate Trump, but it’s not okay for the president to allegedly encourage Ukraine to investigate Hunter Biden?

  2. vinm300

    September 26, 2019 5:49 pm

    Gosh, Hillary employed a foreign agent to
    investigate Trump and that's fine.
    So many double standards.
    The joke is : Biden won't even get the ticket.
    That 3 time loser is going to lose the Primary to Warren.

  3. ikm64

    September 26, 2019 5:54 pm

    Oh, dear…we're in the dodo now…
    Just as well his fate is in the hands of people who have been shown to be as self-serving as he is…
    Never could quite figure out how all these people never get to fear the normal enforcers of the law…
    I guess it's one law for the rest of us…and no law for the privileged.
    2020 should give us a new rallying call…' LOCK HIM UP '

    Oh, wait come to think of it…that an old refrain isn't it?
    Nothing happened then…and nothing will happen in 2020
    Just more of the same old c**p

  4. nobody important

    September 26, 2019 5:59 pm

    Uh huh. Another Trump Is Done This Time story. The left have no idea what they’re doing to their image. They were just unelectable and they seek to make themselves unvotable. Try improving your message. Try not alienating every person on every identity victim card.

  5. Beasts

    September 26, 2019 6:14 pm

    Trump has always been forward about getting dirt on his opponents, and even stated to CBS that he would invite it. Why are people on either side that surprised that he's got dirt on his opponent from a foreign leader?

  6. WildwoodCastle

    September 26, 2019 6:42 pm

    Typical Guardian edit job to twist the facts… See the entire testimony like I did… See Adam Schiff for brains.. make up a fantacy version of the phone call conversation…

  7. M

    September 26, 2019 8:36 pm

    It's edited & not only that the leaks are political not in the public interest as their claims about Trump are nothing but a lie & an attack on Trump from the left. It shows those in his administration seek to undermine him & his words.

  8. Frank Hernandez

    September 27, 2019 2:04 am

    Shouldn't Democrats along with Republicans work hard for the people? Why is my tax money wasted in this shitshow that is the Democrats attacking Trump 24/7

  9. Frank Hernandez

    September 27, 2019 2:06 am

    Looks like impeachment is the only viable option to keep Trump from a reelection… but time is running out

  10. Guardian News

    September 27, 2019 9:15 am

    Trump says whistleblower's source is 'close to a spy', reports say – live news ►


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