Look Who’s Squawking

His Master’s Voice
(Hat tip: @pacelatin)

The WaPo tells us:

“Trump’s communications with foreign leader are part of whistleblower complaint that spurred standoff between spy chief and Congress, former officials say”

“The whistleblower complaint that has triggered a tense showdown between the U.S. intelligence community and Congress involves President Trump’s communications with a foreign leader, according to two former U.S. officials familiar with the matter.

“Trump’s interaction with the foreign leader included a ‘promise’ that was regarded as so troubling that it prompted an official in the U.S. intelligence community to file a formal whistleblower complaint with the inspector general for the intelligence community, said the former officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly.

“It was not immediately clear which foreign leader Trump was speaking with or what he pledged to deliver, but his direct involvement in the matter has not been previously disclosed. It raises new questions about the president’s handling of sensitive information and may further strain his relationship with U.S. spy agencies. One former official said the communication was a phone call.”

Unknown unknowns: Nothing is  known about what promise Trump made, or who he made it to. (There’s so many dictators he could be betraying us to, but I’m wagering Putin, because: why the hell not?)

Known unknowns: Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson deemed the complaint to be “credible” and a matter of “urgent concern.”

Atkinson will be on the Hill today for a closed-door meeting with the House Intelligence Committee. Given that this Whitehouse leaks like a Russian submarine, reporters should check their voicemail today for the scoop of a lifetime.

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13 Responses to Look Who’s Squawking

  1. donnah says:

    Call me when they can get something to actually stick.

    Every time they get “the big thing” that will take down Trump, it’s either a red herring or it gets bogged down in the courts. Or more frustrating than that, Barr looks at it, grunts, and it goes away.

    I hate that I’m now this jaded.

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  2. roket says:

    According to MSNBC, it was most likely Putin. Also, the Trump-appointed acting DNI ignored legal requirements related to congressional disclosure concerning the whistleblower’s complaint so this may have legs after all.

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  3. Unknown unknowns: Nothing is known about what promise Trump made, or who he made it to. (There’s so many dictators he could be betraying us to, but I’m wagering Putin, because: why the hell not?)

    Also unknown unknown, as far as I’m aware: was trump the promiSER or promiSEE?

    Did trump accept some offer in return for him doing something?

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  4. Pyed says:

    No Donald Rumsfeld knowns and unknowns for me. I’d rather speculate out of whole clothe.

    The Russian government recently asked Interpol for assistance in recovering the American espionage asset hurriedly removed from Russia in 2017 because of Trump’s poor handling of classified material. Putin wants Oleg Smolenkov returned to Russia. If Putin has extracted the promise from Trump to turn over the spy, could Trump with Republican assistance, accomplish that?

    If Trump could pull it off, that would send a chill through American assets in countries all over the world, which would explain why the CIA would consider this such an “urgent concern.”

    Naturally, there isn’t enough information available for sound speculation. but that’s no reason not to speculate.

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    • The only thing mitigating against this scenario (and it is a truly horrifying thing, it’s it’s the case) is this allegedly happened much earlier this summer, before the identity of the agent was out in public.

      However, given that Trump was apparently all to happy to turn over Ambassador McFaul to the tender mercies of the FSB on nothing more than Putin’s say-so, I have no doubt that he’d do this in a heartbeat, especially now that the Intelligence professionals are considered ‘enemies’ of Dear Leader.

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      • Astamari says:

        The phone call was with Putin because the Kremlin confirmed the phone call, which was supposedly about assisting Russia with Siberian forest fires, which, in fact, the US used to do during the Clinton Administration (I was involved). Almost certainly, the call was about halting US military assistance to Ukraine, which assistance even the GOP supports.

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  5. Redhand says:

    @Astamari It’s been restored. But the incident underscores just how much of a Putin stooge Trump is. Unbelievable, even after Helsinki.


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