A new report indicates that the White House's attempts to restrict access to President Trump's talks with foreign leaders extended to his telephone conversations with Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Vladimir Putin.
CNN reported that Trump & # 39; s telephone conversations with the Saudi crown prince and the president of Russia were among the transcripts of the presidential conversation that the assistants of the White House did their utmost to protect themselves.
The whistleblower's complaint alleged that Trump told his staff to reduce aid to Ukraine unless it found dirt on its political rival, former vice president Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden, who specifically called for a call on July 25 between the Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and Trump.
Sources told CNN that a call between President Trump (left) and Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman (pictured here in June) was among the transcripts of the presidential talks that White House assistants made an unusual effort to protect themselves
A call between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin (shown in September) would also have been placed under very limited access
White House lawyers are said to have tried to hide the records of that call by placing the word-for-word transcripts on a computer server that is usually reserved for & # 39; top secret & # 39; information, instead of the usual & # 39; secret & # 39; information server, according to Vox.
It was said that this was done to prevent the contents of the conversation from leaking, not because extremely secretive information was discussed during the conversation.
In the complaint, the whistleblower also wrote: & # 39; According to White House officials with whom I spoke, this was & # 39; not the first time under this government that a presidential transcription was placed in this system at code word level solely for the purpose of protecting politically sensitive – rather than sensitive to national security – information. & # 39;
Although neither bin Salman nor Putin & # 39; s phone calls were specifically mentioned in the complaint, sources confirmed to CNN that the two phone calls with the two leaders received similar treatment to the Zelensky call.
Sources said that the calls in question between Trump (right) and Putin and bin Salman did not contain top-secret information, so it was unusual that transcripts were so severely restricted
A whistleblower had filed a complaint about the transcript of a call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky (shown in September). The White House said that lawyers from the National Security Council have sent assistants to place the file on a secret server
The bin Salman call was said to have taken place around the time the White House was involved in the murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi in October 2018.
US intelligence reports indicated that Khashoggi was murdered in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, by agents who worked for the Saudi government.
A source told CNN that the officials who would normally have had access to a rough transcript of the conversation between Trump and bin Salman did not understand. The transcript would never have been sent around, which was very unusual given the significance of the call at the time.
The call with the Saudi prince would not have contained particularly sensitive national security secrets.
Trump & # 39; s call with bin Salman allegedly occurred while the White House was murdering Washington Post reporter Jamal Khashoggi (photo) who, according to US intelligence, was killed by agents working for the Saudi government.
It is unclear when the relevant Putin call or calls in question took place, but access to at least one of Trump & # 39; s conversations with the Russian leader was also severely limited, a former Trump government official told the news network.
It was also unclear whether the assistants of the White House put the transcripts of the calls with bin Salman and Putin on the same secret server as the call from Zelensky.
CNN justice correspondent Pamela Brown said that & # 39; the attempts to hide the information with the discussions with Prince Muhammad and Putin illustrate the extraordinary effort to strictly limit the number of people with access to talks with foreign leaders & # 39 ;.
Brown noted that the White House's efforts to keep conversations with world leaders out of curious eyes followed controversial, embarrassing leaks from conversations between Trump and leaders of Mexico, Australia and Putin, recently earlier in his term, Mediate reported.
These efforts include limiting the number of people who would receive transcripts of the calls from the president, as well as allowing them to listen to the calls.
The White House did not comment on the calls of the Saudi prince or the Russian president.
On Friday, White House officials said in a statement to CNN that the transcript of Trump's call with Zelensky was stored in the top secret – & # 39; code word & # 39; – system aimed at lawyers of the National Security Council, confirming the whistleblower's complaint.
The top secret server movement was done, although Trump's conversation with the Ukrainian president did not contain very secret information.
& # 39; In my experience, you would never move a transcription to the code word system if it does not contain code word terms. If the president classifies and declassifies things he does not want to leave, it is abuse of power and abuse of the system, ”says CNN national security analyst Sam Vinograd, who worked at the National Security Council under President Barack Obama and at the US Department of the Treasure under President George W. Bush.
The page from the whistleblower's complaint that & # 39; this & # 39; not for the first time & # 39; was under this administration that a presidential transcription was placed in this system at code word level solely for the purpose of protecting politically sensitive – rather than national security sensitive – information & # 39;
. (TagsToTranslate) Dailymail (t) news (t) donald-trump (t) joe-biden (t) vladimir-putin