in the vicinityVideoRep. Andy Biggs ‘see problems’ formal impeachment investigation based on a whistleblower complaint
Arizona Congressman Andy Biggs, the Republican member of the House Judiciary Committee, joins Shepard Smith on Shepard Smith reporting.’
Top Republicans on Thursday pushed to identify the White house officials, said an Informant of the alleged misconduct, the Trump administration, as Democrats ramped up their indictment request.
The Republicans, who have specifically committed the question of why the whistleblower sources did not submit to the White house, a complaint, and about whether a crime may, as you fed him the information. (The New York Times reported that the whistleblower is a CIA officer detailed to the White house. Fox News has the report not the Times confirmed,” -.)
Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz., a member of the House Judiciary Committee, told Fox News’ “Shepard Smith Reporting” on Thursday that the administration obviously had a “leak issue,” adding, “if you have something leaking that classified actually, then … probably criminal in nature.”
“Let’s find out,” Biggs said, when Smith asked if he wanted to see the whistleblower sources.
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The whistleblower complaint that contained earlier in the day, not first-Hand accounts of misconduct. He cited information from the White house officials who have allegedly been efforts to Trump hide the July-phone call with Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky, among other things, talks.
The complaint stated that Trump has a “specific claim, that the Ukrainian leaders are looking for, and in turn, via the Server of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and tested by the US cybersecurity company CrowdStrike”, a requirement which is not published in the released transcript of the conversation, that of the trump administration on Tuesday with. Trump mentioned by CrowdStrike, but it is not the demand of the server.
And according to the whistleblower complaint, which was from mid-may, the US diplomat Kurt Volker “contain the damage” of Trump’s attorney, Rudy Giuliani offers of assistance to Ukraine.
But a July-19 text message from Volker to Giuliani, provided by Fox News on Thursday, revealed that Volker had in fact encouraged to reach out to Giuliani, the Ukraine-also shipping Giuliani to connect a text-message, “you here with Andrei Yermak, which is very close to President Zelensky.”
A screenshot of a text message conversation in July between the US diplomat Kurt Volker, and Trump’s attorney, Rudy Giuliani.
In addition, the complaint Trump “suggested that the Lord wants to keep Zelensky said,” his current attorney General, a claim that is not supported by the Protocol.
CBS News reported late Thursday that the whistleblower claims complaint, incorrectly, that a State Department official was on the call with Zelensky.
The memo was not a copy of a “word-for-word,” but based on “notes and reminders”, one of which memorializing the call.
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As questions were raised about the whistleblower, the identity and credibility of, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S. C., repeated Biggs’ skepticism and demanded more information.
“It is imperative we find out what the White house said the official of the whistleblower, and why. Why don’t you Lodge the complaint?”, he asked on Twitter.
“When I think of the whistleblower complaints that I usually think of someone with first-hand knowledge of the events in question,” Graham added.
Trump, for his part, allegedly threw his support behind an investigation of the whistleblower sources.
“I want to know who the person is that gave the whistleblower information? Because it is said in the proximity of a spy,” Trump, according to audio of his remarks at a private event in a New York hotel, The Los Angeles Times. “You know, what do we do in the old days, if we were smart? Right? The spies and treason, we used to treat it a little differently than we do now.”
Under the whistleblower the most explosive accusations was that “White house officials, the friends heard of it,” Trump in July-call with Zelensky were “deeply disturbed” by, and the White house lawyers discussed how to handle the call “because the probability of being in the officials to tell that you had experienced, the President abuse his office for personal gain.”
The complaint cited “several White house officials with direct knowledge of the call.”
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The complaint went on to raise the specter of a cover-up. He said, “In the days after the phone call, I learned of several U.S. officials that senior White house officials had intervened and ‘lock’ are all the records of the phone call, just the official word-for-word transcript of the conversation was produced — as usual — from the White house Situation Room.”
Trump government officials, allegedly, the White house lawyers are “directed” to lift up, so that the transcription of the call from the computer system, where they were usually kept, according to the complaint. Instead, the transcript was allegedly kept, on a system normally used for classified information. The Informant said that, according to White house officials, it was “the first time” a President-transcript has been in this system for the protection of politically sensitive information and is not national security sensitive information.
The Deputy Director of National Intelligence, Joseph Maguire, in tense testimony Thursday defended on Capitol Hill, his handling of the whistleblower complaint, said he, the matter as “unprecedented.”
But after serenity for most of the morning, his frustration showed through in the end, as House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., again and again urged him to declare, that the matter should be cleared up.
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Maguire stressed that the Committee had all the relevant information, including the whistleblower complaint, released Thursday morning, and said, it is up to its members to, how to go on.
Maguire also emphasized that the complaint in essence was that the “hear say” is not “confirmed by other people.”
On Wednesday, the White house, a copy of the trump card published in the July call with Zelensky, show Trump was looking for a review of the former Vice-President, Joe Biden, the efforts of Ukraine dismissed the former top Prosecutor. Zelensky, speak with the Trump later in the day, said he did not feel under any pressure during the call, Biden to investigate.
Joe Biden has confirmed this, camera that, when he was Vice President, he successfully to the Ukraine, under pressure, to fire the Prosecutor, Viktor Shokin, who was the investigation of the natural gas company Burisma Holdings — where Biden’s son, Hunter, had a very lucrative role on the Board.
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Biden supporters say, Shokin was widely accused of corruption. On the other hand, critics charged that Hunter Biden, have sold, in essence, may have access to his father, who had pushed Ukraine to increase natural gas production.
Trump has requested the request for tender for the Ukraine, view in the three-piece according to Zelensky, for the first time Ukraine is mentioned in the corruption issues, and to Trump separately as a “favor” to help Ukraine, to investigate the interference in the elections of 2016, including the hack of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) server with CrowdStrike.
The call came not long after Trump had frozen millions of dollars in military aid to Ukraine.
Fox News’ John Roberts and Brooke Singman contributed to this report.