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Whistleblower memo: WH official talked about ‘crazy’, ‘frightening’ Ukraine call
Fox News is reporting that the first Ukraine “whistleblower” wrote a memo on July 26, one day after President Donald Trump’s phone call with the leader of Ukraine. It contains second-hand information obtained from a White House official, and while we don’t know that individual’s identity, we do have insight into his emotional state.
He was scared.
Whistleblower claims disproven
The source said the president’s words were “frightening” and “crazy” while “completely lacking in substance related to national security.” That prompted the so-called “whistleblower” to begin writing.
“The following is a record of a conversation I had this afternoon with a White House official about the telephone call yesterday morning between President Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky,” the whistleblower wrote in the July 26 memo.
The document states that it is “standard practice” for the “White House situation room to produce a word-for-word transcript that memorializes the call.” Trump released a copy of the transcript in September, and it contradicts some of what the memo claims.
For example, it alleges that, “The President told Zelensky that he would be sending his personal lawyer, former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani, to Ukraine soon and requested that Zelensky meet with him. Zelensky reluctantly agreed that, if Giuliani travelled to Ukraine, he would see him.”
However, the transcript shows that it was actually Zelensky who first brought up Giuliani’s name, stating, “We are hoping very much that Mr. Giuliani will be able to travel to Ukraine and we will meet once he comes to Ukraine.”
Such discrepancies are unsurprising given that the whistleblower had no direct knowledge of the call. However, a second figure has now emerged who claims to have a first-hand account.
A new whistleblower
On Sunday, ABC host George Stephanopoulos tweeted that the initial whistleblower’s attorney, Mark Zaid, “is now representing a second whistleblower who has first-hand knowledge of events.”
A senior partner in Zaid’s firm confirmed the information in a tweet of his own, saying that “my firm and my team represent multiple whistleblowers in connection to the underlying August 12, 2019, disclosure to the Intelligence Community Inspector General.”
President Trump also took to Twitter, where he dismissed the new revelation.
“The first so-called second hand information ‘Whistleblower’ got my phone conversation almost completely wrong,” he tweeted, “so now word is they are going to the bench and another ‘Whistleblower’ is coming in from the Deep State, also with second hand info. Meet with Shifty. Keep them coming!”
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