President Donald Trump has joined a claim by his main allies that an internal reporting form has been changed to lower the bar for information shortly before a whistleblower made explosive allegations about the President's pressure on Ukraine to investigate the Bidens.
The president launched the attack in the form of a question he put on Twitter on Monday, after furiously attacking Democratic investigators and the whistleblower who raised allegations he used in his office to pressurize the head of Ukraine for his 2020 re-election campaign.
& # 39; WHO CHANGED THE LONG-STANDING Flute Regulations ONLY BEFORE YOU ENTER THE FAKE RETURN LEAF REPORT? EMPTY THE SWAMP! & # 39; Trump wrote, with capitals to ask the question after a flurry of angry weekend tweets about accusation.
President Donald Trump asked & # 39; who changed & # 39; the whistleblower's report form before the & # 39; fake & # 39; whistleblower report claiming that he had asked the Ukrainian president to assist his election campaign in 2020, raising the specter of a Deep State conspiracy
The whistleblower, who has been identified as an unnamed CIA officer who was detailed for the White House, quotes in his compliant information he claims to have learned from US officials.
He does not acknowledge to have been on Trump & # 39; s July 25 call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, although his claim that Trump used the call to push a Ukrainian probe from Biden was born from the transcript that Trump ordered freed.
Team Trump, led by lawyer Rudy Giuliani, has the information as & # 39; rumors & # 39; labeled. Now that the report is public, Trump and his allies have raised the specter of Deep State intrigues by lowering the charge that the reporting form has been changed.
The Federalist reported that the intelligence community was using the whistleblower complaint form & # 39; secret & # 39; had & # 39; stripped & # 39; to no longer require that they report first-hand information.
The president used all capital letters to emphasize his point after a flurry of tweets on charges
In the 2018 form, allegations could also be based on what & # 39; other employees & # 39; have said
Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani pointed out guidelines for an earlier whistleblower form and asked whether it was revised by a & # 39; coincidence? & # 39;
Giuliani repeatedly defended Trump since the whistleblower's account became public. The president repeatedly calls him in a call to the President of Ukraine
Republican Kevin McCarthy, minority leader, also filed the claim
The latest form of disclosing urgent issues to raise an issue that a whistleblower should go to Congress allows someone to check a box that says they have & # 39; direct personal knowledge & # 39 ; or a copy with the text & # 39; I have heard about it from others & # 39 ;.
A guideline for an earlier form states that the IG for the intelligence community cannot pass on information via the (whistleblower law) based on an employee's knowledge of misconduct & # 39 ;.
Leader Major McCully, leader of the House Majority, who defended Trump on Sunday, made a similar claim in a tweet on Saturday. & # 39; Whistleblowers had to provide first-hand direct knowledge of allegations & # 39 ;, McCarthy wrote. & # 39; But only a few days before the whistleblower from Ukraine came forward, the ICC secretly removed this requirement from the complaint form. & # 39;
Trump's whistleblower report is from August 12.
But in the May 2018 version of the form, whistleblowers can also access information from external sources and & # 39; other employees & # 39; report Everyday beast reported.
A whistleblower can check a box that says & # 39; other employees have told me about events & # 39; or & # 39; other source (s) & # 39; but is asked to & # 39; (please explain) & # 39 ;.
It is also significant that the Office of Legal Counsel of the Ministry of Justice, in which a detailed memorandum was issued arguing why the whistleblower's complaint in Ukraine should not be treated as an urgent concern and should therefore be withheld from Congress, issue of second-hand has not raised information is out of reach.
Joseph Maguire, director of National Intelligence nominated by Trump, testified last week that the whistleblower did the right thing & # 39 ;.
Inspector General Michael Atkinson nominated by Trump wrote that the complainant was not a direct witness & # 39; of the call, but wrote: & # 39; However, other information obtained during the preliminary investigation supports the complainant's claim that, among other things, during the call, the President & # 39; wanted to put pressure on the Ukrainian leader to take action to help revoke the President's bid by 2020 & # 39;
Julian Sanchez of the libertarian Cato Institute tweeted: & Nothing in the relevant statute (ICWPA) or guidelines (PPD-19, ICD-120) ever demanded protected whistleblower information & # 39; contains first-hand & # 39; information, and said the passage in question provides the Inspector General with only information that is deemed credible to Congress.
Irvin McCullough of the Government Accountability Project posted a 2017 form from the previous IG that said: & # 39; I am a publicist with direct or indirect evidence … & # 39; of an alleged & # 39; urgent group & # 39; indicating that second-hand evidence was then permitted.
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