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New reports indicate the whistleblower complaint against Trump encompasses multiple disturbing incidents

New reports indicate the whistleblower complaint against Trump encompasses multiple disturbing incidents

Donald Trump started off his day by taking to Twitter to attack the stunning new whistleblower story from The Washington Post. The report revealed that a whistleblower complaint within the intelligence community is being actively suppressed by the Trump administration. Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire is refusing to hand over the information according to House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA), despite the fact that he is obligated to do so.

The Post story stated that the whistleblower’s complaint outlines some kind of disturbing “promise” that Trump made to an anonymous foreign leader during a phone call. Now, The New York Times is reporting that the complaint was actually about multiple incidents of presidential misconduct beyond just the phone call in question. The Times learned of this shocking development after the Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson said as much to lawmakers during a closed-door briefing today.

Whatever Trump said and did, his defense this morning was less than convincing. As he often does, he attacked the original Post story as “Fake News.” The president went on to say that when he speaks with foreign leaders on the phone he understands that there “may be many people listening from various U.S. agencies, not to mention those from the other country itself.”

Trump questioned whether anyone could actually be “dumb enough” to believe he would say “something inappropriate” with a foreign leader during “such a potentially ‘heavily populated’ call.” He ended the little Twitter outburst by insisting that he only ever does what is “right” and that he is only interested in doing “good for the USA,” two things which are demonstrably untrue. Donald Trump cares only about Donald Trump, a reality he proves with every word and action.

While he is correct about intelligence agencies monitoring calls, he is not a man who has ever been known for his caution. Just because he is acutely aware of intelligence monitoring now doesn’t mean that he was when the call in question happened. It’s also possible that, given his penchant for rash, dangerous behavior, he simply wasn’t worried being listened in on. After all, this is a man who conducts foreign policy via Twitter on his phone. He’s clearly not terribly worried about information security of any kind.

The more one considers it, the more unsettling this story becomes. The American people have a right to know what was promised during that call.

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