Did This CNN Contributor Just Expose This Whole Trump Whistleblower Story As Another Nothing Burger?

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So, we have some whistleblower within the intelligence community sending some information to the inspector general. The intelligence community inspector general is looking into it, calling the allegations serious. Apparently, Trump spoke to a leader of another country (gasp!). That’s pretty much the crux of the controversy (via Daily Caller):

A whistleblower who works in the intelligence community filed the complaint with the community’s inspector general on Aug. 12 over communication in which Trump made some sort of “promise” to the foreign leader, who has not been identified, according to two former U.S. officials, The Washington Post reported Wednesday.

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Michael Atkinson, the intelligence community’s inspector general, characterized the whistleblower complaint as an “urgent concern,” a threshold that requires the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) to submit the complaint to the House and Senate intelligence committees within seven days after it is filed.

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Trump’s conversation with his foreign counterpart alarmed the whistleblower, the former officials said according to WaPo. One said it was a phone conversation. Trump is known to have spoken by phone to Russian President Vladimir Putin on July 31 and met with the presidents of Pakistan and Qatar in the weeks preceding the whistleblower complaint.

 

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