By now, surely you have heard the news of an unnamed “former intelligence” worker who filed an official government “whistleblower report” claiming that he or she heard President Trump making “promises” to a “leader of a foreign government.”
The President has now come forward to vehemently deny those claims as nothing more than the usual overblown fake news.
The details of the whistleblower complaint surfaced overnight in a Washington Post report, but many specifics remain unclear including the identity of the foreign leader.
The report triggered a firestorm in Washington.
Earlier this morning, Inspector General Michael Atkinson, the intelligence community’s top watchdog, testified on the matter. Ahead of the testimony, Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., told CBS’ “Face the Nation” that the watchdog found the complaint to be “urgent” and “credible.”
White House officials have not offered any additional comments on the claims, but on Twitter the President has adamantly denied the accusations.
“Another Fake News story out there – It never ends! Virtually anytime I speak on the phone to a foreign leader, I understand that there may be many people listening from various U.S. agencies, not to mention those from the other country itself. No problem!” Trump said. “Knowing all of this, is anybody dumb enough to believe that I would say something inappropriate with a foreign leader while on such a potentially ‘heavily populated’ call. I would only do what is right anyway, and only do good for the USA!”
The President concluded his response declaring, “Presidential Harassment!