The White House declassified and published a mainly unredacted version on Thursday, Sept. 26, of the “whistleblower” complaint that Democrats are relying on to pursue the impeachment of President Donald Trump.
The document contains nothing but hearsay, media claims of the July 25 phone call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. In the complaint, the whistleblower admitted that they were “not a direct witness to most of the described events.” Instead, multiple officials in the White House and the intelligence community collected second-hand information.
“In the days following the phone call, I learned from multiple U.S. officials that senior White House officials had intervened to ‘lock down’ all the records of the phone call, especially the official word-for-word transcript of the call that was produced as is customary by the White House Situation Room,” the complaint says.
Some complaint allegations appear to be distortions of information exaggerations in the transcript itself, released Wednesday by the White House. Breitbart reported:
For example, the whistleblower claims that Trump “praised Ukraine’s Prosecutor General Mr. Yuriy Letsenko.” Trump appears never to have mentioned Letsenko, and his reference to a prosecutor (“I heard you had a prosecutor who was very good and he was shut down”) was a reference to former Ukrainian Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin. Shokin was investigating Burisma Holdings, on whose board Hunter Biden served, at the time Joe Biden demanded he be fired, under threat of withholding $1 billion in American aid.
In addition, the whistleblower goes beyond reporting alleged misconduct and proceeds to build a case against the president’s conduct of foreign relations with Ukraine, relying extensively on reports from the mainstream media, including The New York Times, The Hill, ‘This Week with George Stephanopoulous’ on ABC News, and other sources.
The document also alleges that the White House sequestered the transcript of the Ukraine phone call (though, given the fact that “Multiple White House officials” were apparently leaking its contents).
The whistleblower claims President Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, is a “central figure” in the effort and alleges U.S. Attorney General William Barr “appears to be involved as well.”
On Tuesday, Fox News reported that the Office of Intelligence Community Inspector General had found that the whistleblower had a political bias against the president and in favor of one of his 2020 rivals.
The call transcript was released on Tuesday, showing no pressure to investigate Biden, and President Zelensky personally denied that he felt any such pressure from the conversation.
Following the complaint’s release, White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said in a statement, “Nothing has changed with the release of this complaint, which is nothing more than a collection of third-hand accounts of events and cobbled-together press clippings—all of which shows nothing improper.”