• On Friday, the White House “confirmed a key detail from the unidentified CIA officer who has accused President Donald Trump of abusing the power of his office.” Concurrently, “Trump insisted anew that his actions and words have been perfect and the complaint might well be the work of a partisan operative.”
  • The White House also “acknowledged that a record of the Trump phone call that is now at the center of the House impeachment inquiry had been sealed away in a highly classified system at the direction of Trump’s National Security Council lawyers.”
  • Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway spoke to reporters and confirmed “the whistleblower has protection under the law,” which contradicted Trump earlier in the day when he “suggested then that his accuser isn’t a whistleblower at all.”
  • At the heart of the matter is “why the rough transcript of Trump’s July 25 phone call with Ukraine’s president was put on lock down, in the words of the whistleblower.”
  • The CIA officer remarked “that diverting the record in an unusual way was evidence that White House officials understood the gravity of what had transpired in the conversation.”
  • The whistleblower’s “complaint alleges that Trump used his office to solicit interference from a foreign country to help himself in next year’s U.S. election.”
  • “Days after ordering a freeze to some military assistance for Ukraine,” in the phone call, “Trump prodded new Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to dig for potentially damaging material on Democratic rival Joe Biden and volunteered the assistance of both his personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, and U.S. Attorney General William Barr.”
  • Also, on Friday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi spoke of the impeachment inquiry: “This is no cause for any joy,” and she added that “she was praying for the president.”
  • Pelosi added: “I would say to Democrats and Republicans: We have to put country before party.”
  • Pelosi also “refused to set a deadline for the probe but promised to act expeditiously.”
  • On Friday, the House Intelligence Committee and “other committees jointly issued a subpoena on Friday to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for documents in the Ukraine matter.”

Reference Links

  • AP: White House attorneys directed sealing of phone transcript READ
  • New York Post: Lawyers ordered moving transcript of Ukraine call to secure system: White House READ
  • WWNY: White House attorneys directed sealing of phone transcript READ
  • PBS NewsHour: White House attorneys directed Ukraine call transcript to be sealed READ

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