House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has been riding the brake as House Democrats have been revving the engine to do something, anything. Today, it appears that she has decided to move forward, however cautiously. It took a whistleblower’s courageous act to get her in gear.
Speaker Pelosi wrote on her government site a letter to the entire House of Representatives that the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) will appear in an open hearing before the House Intelligence Committee:
‘On Thursday, Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire will appear before the House Intelligence Committee in an open hearing. At that time, we expect him to obey the law and turn over the whistleblower’s full complaint to the Committee. We also expect that he will establish a path for the whistleblower to speak directly to the House and Senate Intelligence Committees as required by law.’
The law required the whistleblower’s complaint go to that committee, especially when it was “urgent” and “credible:”
‘The Intelligence Community Inspector General, who was appointed by President Trump, has determined that the complaint is both of “urgent concern and credible,” and its disclosure “relates to one of the most significant and important of the Director of National Intelligence’s responsibilities to the American people.”’
Thus far, the Trump administration has been illegally blocking the DNI and the whistleblower’s complaint:
‘The Administration’s blocking of Acting DNI Maguire from providing Congress with the whistleblower complaint calls upon him to violate the federal statute, which unequivocally states that the DNI “shall” provide Congress this information. The Administration is endangering our national security and having a chilling effect on any future whistleblower who sees wrongdoing.’
Pelosi thought it was a matter of “national security:”
‘We must be sure that the President and his Administration are always conducting our national security and foreign policy in the best interest of the American people, not the President’s personal or political interest.’
The Speaker also asked Republicans to join the Democrats on this, noting that the matter was “urgent” and “immediate:”
‘I am calling on Republicans to join us in insisting that the Acting DNI obey the law as we seek the truth to protect the American people and our Constitution. This violation is about our national security. The Inspector General determined that the matter is “urgent” and therefore we face an emergency that must be addressed immediately.’
What would Pelosi do if Trump continued using his power to block the whistleblower? She said it would be a “serious possible breach” of the Constitution. Then, the House would move to “a new stage of investigation.” Does that mean impeachment? She continued:
‘If the Administration persists in blocking this whistleblower from disclosing to Congress a serious possible breach of constitutional duties by the President, they will be entering a grave new chapter of lawlessness which will take us into a whole new stage of investigation.’
Her complimentary close hit the “patriotism” button, where people have traditionally risen to the occasion:
‘Thank you for your patriotism.’
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