Intel Whistleblower Case About Trump Sharing Classified Info with Foreign Leader

Intel Whistleblower Case About Trump Sharing Classified Info with Foreign Leader September 20, 2019

Once again, we find out that we can’t trust Trump not to open his bit mouth and blurt out things he shouldn’t to those who shouldn’t know them. The whistleblower from the intelligence community that has created a stir and quite possibly a legal battle did what they did because Trump apparently shared possibly classified information with a foreign leader.

This began when someone in the intelligence community filed a complaint with the Director of National Intelligence because Trump shared classified or privileged information in a phone call with a foreign leader. The case was referred to the Inspector General of the agency, who determined that the substance of the complaint was serious enough to be “urgent,” which triggers major oversight responsibilities.

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…

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.

He wrote a letter to the intelligence committees in Congress notifying them that there was such a complaint filed and that the IG found the matter urgent, but giving no information on the substance of that complaint. Adam Schiff, chair of the House Intelligence Committee, demanded more information because legally, the DNI is required to report that information so Congress can exercise its oversight responsibilities, but Maguire refused to give them more information. He says it’s not within his purview to do so, that the decision was made by the DOJ.

I don’t care whether it’s the DNI or DOJ that is responsible for giving the complaint and the IG report to Congress, one of them is clearly involved in covering this up. If it’s not a big deal, why the subterfuge? And if it is a big deal, that’s all the more reason it must be shared with the intelligence committees. We don’t know at this point what Trump said or which foreign leader he was speaking to, but he did have a phone call with Putin just before the complaint was filed. Let’s end the speculation and make sure Congress knows what was said and to whom.

The defense his sycophants are offering is that the president can declassify anything he chooses to at any time. And legally, that’s true. But it’s still something that is rightly alarming to the intel and national security agencies because those decisions should only be made with discussion and forethought. One would think that Trump would have learned his lesson after his sharing of classified information with two high-ranking Russian officials caused the CIA to have to extract its most valuable asset in that country. But Trump does not learn lessons, ever. He is never wrong, even when he is.

The fact is, Trump just has a big mouth and a massive insecurity complex. We’ve all known people like this, always men in my experience, who have a desperate need to always be seen as the man with inside information, the man who knows everything that you don’t know. And as president, he does have a great deal of inside information. But he has no filter and can’t stop himself from showing off to make himself look like the Big Important Man. That’s why he’s constantly lording things over others, because it momentarily satiates his overwhelming insecurity.

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