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Donald Trump suggests Whistleblowers is ‘Partisan’

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President Donald Trump suggested that the government whistleblower who filed a complaint about his communication with a foreign leader was a “partisan” Democrat despite not actually knowing who the person is.

Trump’s initial public comments about revelations that his conversations with Ukrainian President VolodymyrZelensky are the subject of a whistleblower complaint regarding possible abuse of power were incoherent in multiple respects.

During a White House media availability alongside Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Friday, Trump pushed a series of contradictory talking points.

He attempted to suggest that the whistleblower in question had political motives by describing them as “a partisan” — even though he later said he doesn’t know who he or she is. He insisted the conversations he had with Ukrainian officials that are now under scrutiny were “totally appropriate” and “beautiful,” and later said he can’t remember them. He said he hadn’t read the whistleblower complaint, but then in the next breath claimed: “everybody’s read it, they laugh at it.”

And, in any event, the nation’s top elected official said “it doesn’t matter what I discuss” with foreign leaders.

It was then reported that the whistleblower complaint was about Trump’s talks with Ukraine. Some of the president’s top supporters, including his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, have pressed the Ukranian government to open investigations into political rivals like Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton.

Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson determined that the whistleblower complaint, initially filed Aug. 12, was a matter of “urgent concern.” But so far Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire has refused to share the complaint or even significant details of the filing with lawmakers, which is typically standard procedure.

Trump also said, however, that he doesn’t know the identity of the whistleblower, so it’s not clear how he would know that the whistleblower is a man and is partisan.

Trump said of the whistleblower’s report, which is not public or in the hands of Congress: “Everybody’s read it; they laughed at it. It’s another media disaster, and the media has lost so much credibility in this country.”

If the president has done what has been alleged, then he is stepping into a dangerous minefield with serious repercussions for his administration and our democracy.”

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