TLDRUpFront: The NY Times has released the identity of the whistleblower.
FullContext in the Back:
According to the NY Times, it is a CIA officer who was on rotation to the White House. The NY Times has been in contact with the whistleblower’s attorney. Additionally, the NY Times has indicated in the same story that the whistleblower named several WH officials to the Inspector General of the DNI, who was able to independently approach and receive corroboration of details in the complaint, which is why he judged it “credible.”
This is big because now we know that there are multiple officials who not only can, but already have gone on record corroborating key details. The complaint provides the full context of the quid pro quo and a laundry list of items which can be verified directly or in the course of an investigation.
In the same story the NY Times reports the President fuming this morning at a private event with the statement:
“I want to know who’s the person who gave the whistle-blower the information because that’s close to a spy,” Mr. Trump told staff members from the United States Mission to the United Nations before an event there.
“You know what we used to do in the old days when we were smart with spies and treason, right?” he added. “We used to handle it a little differently than we do now.”
This is in and of itself is a violation of the Whistleblower Protection Act which prohibits retaliatory acts or statements against anyone involved in a whistleblower complaint. And I think calling for the death of a federal official for following what even his own Acting DNI this morning described as an “earnest, good-faith” and “by-the-book” following of the process is going to send people running away from his cause, not too it.
Not to get ahead of the news. But I’m seriously beginning to wonder if talk of “where Impeachment ends in the House or Senate” months from now might be superseded by a 25th Amendment declaration in the next few weeks.
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