The first whistleblower wrote a personal memo after learning information from a White House official about the controversial phone call between President Trump and Ukrainan President Volodymyr Zelenskiy.
The two-page memo, reported by Fox News on Monday, Oct. 7, was written with more dramatic language than the Aug. 12 whistleblower complaint. The White House official who gave the information to the whistleblower allegedly characterized the call as “crazy,” “frightening,” and “completely lacking in substance related to national security,” according to the memo.
The whistleblower claimed, “The president did not raise security assistance” during his call with Zelenskiy, which was central of allegations in the Aug. 12 whistleblower complaint about a quid pro quo.
The memo also stated that the “standard practice” was for the “White House Situation Room to produce a word-for-word transcript that memorializes the call,” which contradicted criticism that the transcript released by the White House was notes or a cover-up.
The whistleblower, who noted that the conversation with the White House official “only lasted a few minutes, and as a result, I only received highlights,” also claimed Zelensky “reluctantly” agreed to meet attorney Rudy Giuliani when President Trump asked him to do so.
However, in the transcript, the Ukrainian leader brought up Giuliani first and said, “We are hoping very much that Mr. Giuliani will be able to travel to Ukraine and we will meet one he comes to Ukraine.”
The complaint alleged President Trump was “using the power of this office to solicit interference from a foreign country” in the 2020 election, triggering the impeachment inquiry being led by House Democrats. President Trump said he said nothing wrong in his “perfect” call with Ukrainian president who later confirmed that he felt no pressure during the call.
The thorough complaint, which was a detailed nine-page document including an appendix, was filed nearly three weeks later with the intelligence community inspector general (ICIG). In testimony to House lawmakers last Friday, ICIG Michael Atkinson could not explain what accounted for the 18-day window between the July 25 call and the Aug. 12 complaint.
National Security Council Chief of Staff Fred Fleitz, who has “edited and processed dozens” of “presidential phone calls,” believes that the whistleblower complaint was written with help from congressional staffers and attorneys.
“Such extremely polished whistleblowing complaint is unheard of,” Fleitz said. “This document looks as if this leaker had outside help, possibly from congressional members of staff.”
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff’s office acknowledged that the whistleblower contacted an aid on the House regarding concerns that were later put in the complaint.
The whistleblower’s attorneys, who maintain the whistleblower did not receive assistance from outside in writing the complaint, will represent a second whistleblower. The legal team claimed that the second whistleblower has firsthand knowledge of the information detailed in the first whistleblower’s complaint.