The full complaint from an anonymous whistleblower that sparked a political firestorm surrounding President Trump’s alleged ties to Ukraine has been released, as proof of his rival Joe Biden’s ties to the country are also coming to light.
|The acting director of national intelligence is testifying before Congress today, and he said he does not know the identity of the whistleblower who submitted a complaint calling President Trump’s foreign policy into question. But Joseph Maguire did say that he believes the complaint is credible and urgent.|
|“Can we at least agree that the inspector general made a sound conclusion that this whistleblower complaint was credible?” Rep. Adam Schiff asked.|
“That is correct. That is in the cover letter that has been provided to the committee. I believe that’s all been made public—the decision and the recommendation by the inspector general that, in fact, that allegation was credible,” Maguire replied.
Maguire was also asked about how the complaint was leaked to the press, and he insisted that the intelligence community knows how to keep a secret.
|“Even though they got a lot of it wrong, they had the basics of it—that it involved the president of the United States talking to a foreign leader. So did anybody—you or anybody in your office—leak this to the Washington Post or NBC News?” Rep. Devin Nunes asked.|
“Ranking member, I lead the intelligence community. We know how to keep a secret,” Maguire responded.
|Maguire’s testimony comes hours after reports claimed he threatened the White House with his resignation, if he was not allowed to speak freely.|
Also today, the infamous whistleblower complaint was released. It alleges that Trump used his power to solicit foreign interference in the 2020 election, which included “among other things, pressuring a foreign country to investigate one of the president’s main domestic political rivals.”
That rival in question is former Vice President Joe Biden, and the country is Ukraine. The whistleblower claimed Trump used a phone call with Ukrainian President Zelensky to pressure him into investigating Biden and his son.
Back in 2014 when Biden oversaw U.S. policy on Ukraine as vice president, his son, Hunter, was placed on the board of directors for one of Ukraine’s largest natural gas companies, where he made a reported salary of $50,000 dollars per month.
When prosecutors launched an inquiry into whether there was a connection, Joe Biden traveled to Ukraine in December 2015, where he said he was preaching against corruption in the country. But he later revealed that his actual goal was to get the investigation dropped, and he used a $1 billion-dollar loan guarantee to do it.
“I said, ‘You’re not getting the billion.’ I’m going to be leaving here in, I think it was about six hours. I looked at them and said: ‘I’m leaving in six hours. If the prosecutor is not fired, you’re not getting the money,'” Biden said he told Poroshenko. “Well, son of a bitch, he got fired. And they put in place someone who was solid at the time.”
When commenting on the ongoing allegations, Trump mentioned the fact that Democrats in the US Senate actually sent Ukraine’s prosecutor general a letter in May 2018, pushing him to re-open an investigation into Trump, as part of the Russa-gate saga.
While the transcript of Trump’s phone call does show him asking Zelensky to look into the Bidens’ corruption as a favor, it does not show him using money as leverage, or demanding anyone’s job, in the same obvious way that his rival did, just a few years ago.