President Donald Trump on Friday, Sept. 20, asserted that he’s done nothing wrong following a whistleblower’s complaint about a reported private conversation he had with a foreign leader.
Some of the whistleblower’s allegations appear to center on Ukraine, according to The Washington Post and The New York Times. The newspapers cited anonymous sources familiar with the matter.
In a tweet Friday, the president said, “The Radical Left Democrats and their Fake News Media partners, headed up again by Little Adam Schiff, and batting Zero for 21 against me, are at it again!”
“They think I may have had a “dicey” conversation with a certain foreign leader based on a “highly partisan” whistleblower’s statement. Strange that with so many other people hearing or knowing of the perfectly fine and respectful conversation, that they would not have also come forward,” Trump added.
He asked, “Do you know the reason why they did not? Because there was nothing said wrong, it was pitch perfect!”
….statement. Strange that with so many other people hearing or knowing of the perfectly fine and respectful conversation, that they would not have also come forward. Do you know the reason why they did not? Because there was nothing said wrong, it was pitch perfect!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 20, 2019
Trump also told reporters in the Oval Office on Friday that “it’s just another political hack job” and his conversations with foreign leaders were “totally appropriate.”
Trump: “I’ve had conversations with many [world] leaders. They’re always appropriate. … Anything I do, I fight for this country. I fight so strongly for this country. … I always look for the conversation that’s going to help the United States the most. That’s very important.” pic.twitter.com/PzGoHtBmA2
— Trump War Room (@TrumpWarRoom) September 20, 2019
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said he was prepared to go to court to try to force the Trump administration to open up about the complaint.
“The inspector general has said this cannot wait,” said Schiff, describing the administration’s blockade as an unprecedented departure from law. “There’s an urgency here that I think the courts will recognize.”
Schiff said he was also unable to confirm whether newspaper reports were accurate as the administration claimed executive privilege to withhold the complaint.
Because the administration is claiming the information is privileged, Schiff said he believes the whistleblower’s complaint “likely involves the president or people around him.”
President Trump on Thursday dismissed it all, noting that others would be aware of the call.
“Another Fake News story out there—It never ends!” Trump tweeted. “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 asked, “Is anybody dumb enough to believe that I would say something inappropriate with a foreign leader while on such a potentially ‘heavily populated’ call.”
The president added, “Presidential Harassment!”
Includes reporting from the Associated Press