• The whistleblower at the heart of the latest controversy involving President Trump has accused the White House of taking “extraordinary steps to lock down information” about the July 25 call between Trump and the Ukrainian president.
  • The whistleblower alleged in a complaint that White House officials moved “the transcript to a secret computer system,” and “accuses the administration of a wide-ranging cover-up.”
  • The whistleblower’s 9-page complaint was released Thursday and “provides many new details about the phone call in which Trump repeatedly spoke of how much the U.S. had aided Ukraine and encouraged new President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to help investigate political rival Joe Biden and his son.”
  • The impeachment inquiry is centered on “accusations of efforts to pressure the leader of a foreign nation to dig for dirt on a potential 2020 Trump rival.”
  • The whistleblower’s complaint also “alleges a concerted White House effort to suppress the transcript of the call and describes a shadow campaign of diplomacy by the president’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani that worried some senior administration officials.”
  • The complaint reads: “In the days following the phone call, I learned from multiple U.S. officials that senior White House officials had intervened to ‘lock down’ all the records of the phone call, especially the official word-for-word transcript of the call that was produced as is customary by the White House situation room.”
  • According to some experts, “the previously secret document, with its detail and clear narrative, is likely to accelerate the impeachment process and put more pressure on Trump to rebut its core contentions and on his fellow Republicans to defend him or not.”
  • The transcript also “provides a road map for Democrats to seek corroborating witnesses and evidence, which will complicate the president’s efforts to characterize the findings as those of a lone partisan out to undermine him.”
  • Trump said: “I want to know who’s the person, who’s the person who gave the whistleblower the information? Because that’s close to a spy. You know what we used to do in the old days when we were smart? Right? The spies and treason, we used to handle it a little differently than we do now.”
  • Trump tweeted: “The Democrats are trying to destroy the Republican Party and all that it stands for. Stick together, play their game and fight hard Republicans. Our country is at stake.”

Reference Links

  • AP: Whistleblower accuses White House of Ukraine call cover-up READ
  • WTVR: Whistleblower says White House tried to cover up Trump’s abuse of power READ
  • CNBC: An alleged cover-up, a secret server and more bombshells in Trump whistleblower complaint READ
  • Channel 4 News: Whistleblower alleges White House coverup | Trump impeachment inquiry WATCH

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