You likely heard news this past week that a CIA employee who used to be detailed to the White House became a “whistleblower” and filed a complaint with the Intelligence Community inspector general’s office.
The employee, who is back at CIA and has yet to be publicly identified, claimed in his/her report that President Trump improperly made a request of the president of Ukraine. Specifically, the complaint stated that Trump asked President Volodymyr Zelensky to help his administration expose corruption involving former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden.
The whistleblower claimed that the request was inappropriate. Democrats claim it is an illegal act and an impeachable offense — though a transcript of the phone call released by the president does not show that the president did anything illegal or improper.
Nevertheless, another scandal has surfaced regarding the complaint and the complainant. (Related: UNCOVERED: Ukraine ‘whistleblower’ is an anti-Trump Deep State CIA employee who used fake news reports to lodge complaint.)
As The Federalist’s Sean Davis reported Friday, the intelligence community actually changed its rules in August to allow anyone to file a complaint based on hearsay, second- and third-hand information, and fake news reports.
Before, only people who had first-hand knowledge of an alleged infraction could make a complaint. That’s important because the phone call between Trump and Zelensky took place in July; House Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) had the complaint in-hand in August, around the time the reporting rules were being changed.
What’s more, we know that the whistleblower did not have first-hand information of Trump’s phone call with Zelensky; he/she received information about the call from other parties (making it second- or even third-hand info).
In other words, this all sounds like just another deep state set-up of Trump in their never-ending effort to depose him — like you’d see in a banana republic.
‘This official should not have been briefed’
The brand new version of the whistleblower complaint form, which was not made public until after the transcript of Trump’s July 25 phone call with the Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky and the complaint addressed to Congress were made public, eliminates the first-hand knowledge requirement and allows employees to file whistleblower complaints even if they have zero direct knowledge of underlying evidence and only “heard about [wrongdoing] from others.”
And oh, by the way, this person filed the complaint under the Intelligence Community Whistleblower Act so he/she could be protected from prosecution since, you know, we used to call people like this leakers.
Davis notes that the internal properties of the recently revised “Disclosure of Urgent Concern” form “show that the document was uploaded on September 24, 2019, at 4:25 p.m., just days before the anti-Trump complaint was declassified and released to the public.”
Meanwhile, the document’s markings indicate it was revised in August 2019, though no specific revision date was indicated.
This was all a set-up, in other words. And, of course, House Democrats were in on it. In fact, some have speculated that the actual complaint was written by House Democrats and their staffers, perhaps even Schiff himself.
“This is not an intelligence matter. It is a policy matter and a complaint about differences over policy. Presidential phone calls are not an intelligence concern,” said Fred Fleitz, a former CIA analyst and former NSC official who edited transcripts of POTUS phone calls with foreign leaders.
“It appears that rules restricting access and knowledge of these sensitive calls was breached. This official was not on this call, not on the approved [dissemination] list and should not have been briefed on the call,” he told Breitbart News.
Here’s hoping Trump’s attorney general, William Barr, is preparing to lower the boom on these deep state conspirators. It’d be about time.