A former FBI and CIA slammed an unidentified intelligence community official as a “snitch” for reportedly filing a complaint against President Donald Trump over his private conversation with a foreign leader.
In an interview with CNN’s Chris Cuomo on Thursday, Sept. 19, former FBI and CIA official Phil Mudd responded to a report from The Washington Post about a mysterious allegation that the president made a “promise” to an unidentified foreign counterpart in a phone call. The Post cited two anonymous former U.S. officials.
“Boy, I’m about ready to blow a gasket, can you explain it that is extremely unusual,” Mudd told Cuomo. “When I served we were responsible for chasing the Russian, the Chinese, the Iranian and terrors, we were not responsible for reporting to the Congress with what the president said.”
“This is completely inappropriate. The Congress should not be asking the intel guys to go snitch on the president,” he continued.
The intelligence community official filed a whistleblower complaint with the intelligence community inspector general who declined to reveal the substance of the complaint in a closed-door hearing on Thursday.
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee issued a subpoena to acting director of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire, accusing him of withholding the complaint from Congress, saying that the move was to “protect the president or other administration officials.”
Schiff said Inspector General Michael Atkinson determined the whistleblower complaint was “credible and urgent” and should be “transmitted to Congress.” Maguire has refused to discuss details of the whistleblower complaint, but agreed to testify publicly on Sept. 26.
President Trump dismissed it all, saying, “Another Fake News story out there—It never ends!”
“Virtually anytime I speak on the phone to a foreign leader, I understand that there may be many people listening from various U.S. agencies, not to mention those from the other country itself. No problem!” he added.
“Is anybody dumb enough to believe that I would say something inappropriate with a foreign leader while on such a potentially ‘heavily populated’ call. I would only do what is right anyway, and only do good for the USA!” the president wrote.
Another Fake News story out there – It never ends! Virtually anytime I speak on the phone to a foreign leader, I understand that there may be many people listening from various U.S. agencies, not to mention those from the other country itself. No problem!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 19, 2019
During the interview with CNN, Mudd asserted, “The president can say what he wants to Putin. He can say what he wants to Kim Jong Un.”
“The president can say what he wants. It’s not the responsibility of the intel guys to go police the president and go snitch on him to the Congress. Ridiculous!” he concluded.