A whistle blower has released a letter that has set off the events that may well end with President Trump’s impeachment. The contents of the letter are so remarkable that Trump’s decision to make public the recording of the call to the Ukranian president (which is at the centre of the controversy) in an attempt to nullify the letter has now backfired and compelled the speaker to initiate impeachment proceedings. The reporter of this New Yorker article seems to suggest that the fact that the letter was so accurate without the whistleblower actually been privvy to the actual call means it was orchestrated by someone fully in the know. The coming days and weeks promise to be full of fun and games. It is never a dull day in Trump’s Washington.
“In the course of my official duties, I have received information from multiple U.S. Government officials that the President of the United States is using the power of his office to solicit interference from a foreign country in the 2020 U.S. election. This interference includes, among other things, pressuring a foreign country to investigate one of the President’s main domestic political rivals. The President’s personal lawyer, Mr. Rudolph Giuliani, is a central figure in this effort. Attorney General Barr appears to be involved as well….
The letter was released and made public minutes before Joseph Maguire (the acting director of National Intelligence), was to testify before the House Intelligence Committee about the complaint. The process of impeachment will drag for long but the entire event must have shaken the powerful elites and will make them realise that they are not above law.
For one thing, the whistle-blower can write. The document is a masterpiece of precise bureaucratic prose, laying out a forceful narrative, citing multiple streams of information both from within the Administration and from outside public reporting, and explaining its own logic as it goes. “If a classification marking is applied retroactively, I believe it is incumbent upon the classifying authority to explain why such a marking was applied, and to which specific information it pertains,” the whistle-blower writes on the second page of the document. This is a person who has considered all the angles.
The other important early fact about the letter is that we already have evidence that bolsters the whistle-blower’s credibility. This week, the White House released a sort of summary of the President’s call with the Ukrainian President, Volodymyr Zelensky, a call which is at the center of the whistle-blower’s complaint. The whistle-blower, when he or she wrote this letter, did not have access to the call summary. And yet the substance of Trump’s call with Zelensky is conveyed accurately. This is someone who knew what he or she was talking about.”
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