There are still a lot of answers waiting to be had in the ongoing whistleblower scandal engulfing the Trump administration. Recently, a not publicly identified member of the intelligence community sounded an internal alarm that was reportedly about communications between President Donald Trump and the Ukrainian president — but details remain sparse because the acting Director of National Intelligence (DNI) has resisted submitting the whistleblower’s complaint to Congress. As speculation swirls, Democratic Coalition leader Jon Cooper suggested recently that culpability in the complained about behavior could extend to Vice President Mike Pence too — after all, there are only a small number of people with a higher rank than the DNI.
Cooper wrote on Twitter:
‘What are the odds that @VP Mike Pence was aware of the “promise” Trump made to a foreign leader that was so alarming it led to an “urgent, credible” whistleblower complaint from within the intelligence community? If Pence knew but covered it up, he may be in deep trouble himself.’
Pence has been personally embroiled in the Trump administration’s scandals before. Early in the administration, he vouched for the credibility of then-national security adviser Michael Flynn, who had denied that he’d discussed sanctions issues with the then-Russian Ambassador to the United States. In fact, Flynn had done just that, but Pence escaped too much scrutiny because the going line from inside the Trump administration was that Flynn had lied to Pence, not that the vice president had been in on the lies that eventually garnered Flynn a criminal charge.
In this case, there’s public testimony from current acting DNI Joseph Maguire himself set for this coming week. The inspector general overseeing the intelligence community already spoke to the House Intelligence Committee this past week, but the testimony was private, and — at the direction of higher-ups in the administration — he did not reveal the substance of the whistleblower complaint.
According to bits and pieces of the story that have come together publicly, Trump had been seeking to have Ukrainian authorities investigate the Bidens, potentially in exchange for military aid that would otherwise be withheld. The Trump team’s allegation is that the Bidens accrued personal benefit from former Vice President Joe Biden pressuring Ukrainian authorities to kick out a corrupt chief prosecutor, but there’s no evidence of this.
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