Whistleblower Complaint Alleges White House Tried to Cover Up Trump's Abuse of Power In Ukraine Call Case

• A whistleblower complaint (related to the July call between Trump and Ukraine’s president) released Thursday claim that President Trump used his power to coerce Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter. Further, the complaint also claim that the White House made efforts to "lock down" records of that phone call.
• The complaint was released just before Joseph Maguire (acting director of national intelligence) testified before the panel. The complaint accompanied a letter (August) from the intelligence community’s inspector general that deem the complaint as urgent and credible.
• As per the complaint, it is based on testimonials of several unidentified U.S. officials, who were "deeply disturbed" by Trump's July 25 phone call. Further, the complaint alleges that White House lawyers instructed the officials to move the call transcript from the usual computer system to the system reserved for sensitive information.
• White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said Thursday that the President has nothing to hide and that the complaint is “nothing more than a collection of third-hand accounts of events and cobbled-together press clippings.”
• The whistleblower still remains anonymous. This complaint follows the release of a rough transcript of the call on Wednesday.
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Left View

How many times will we let Trump cross the line? 

This whistleblower complaint has forced the Trump Administration to attack. What’s at stake? Everything our country was built upon. The efforts of our Founding Fathers. Our historic standing as a world superpower with a government that operates with integrity. A separation of church and state. The unwavering rule of law. It’s all being torn apart, violated, and disrespected in an effort to save Donald Trump from an unrecoverable blow to his ego.

What’s been compromised? Our intelligence and defense agencies, to start. This oligarchical, corrupt strategy for political gain needn’t be given any sort of benefit of the doubt. The truth here is crystal clear: Trump, did indeed, attempt to employ a foreign power as a co-conspirator to ensure a 2020 win.

An attempt to “lock down” information, because it reeked of moral depravity is enough to demand the exit of Trump and his closest allies: William Bar and Rudy Giuliani. Don’t we have enough here? In criminal cases that are handled by state judicial systems the actual crime in question isn’t the only aspect that informs the judge’s ruling. No, the defendant’s entire criminal history is called into question. Elements of behavior at work, at home, or other associations are accounted for to establish an appropriate punishment, based on a combination of these factors.

Haul Trump into court, and a quick dig into some aspects of his history reveals a defendant that doles out “hush money” to bury his affairs, a voice memo where he glorifies sexually assaulting women; firing a man who was investigating him, and even now, he tried to get the acting DNI to compromise on the cornerstone of his job. The truth, and nothing but the truth. What could possibly dig a deeper grave for Trump? If this isn’t where we put a stop to it, our republic will pay the price. We will have to collectively mourn the death of America as we once knew it.

Right View

A degree of pettiness that's reserved for high schoolers 

This is absolute lunacy. This massive ordeal, this urgent whistleblower complaint, the phone call. All the pieces of evidence have been released to the public (very quickly, may I add). It’s a bit like reading a formally written gossip column. When you read through the menacing titles, classifications, and technical language, it’s just hearsay. He said, she said. That’s what we got here. That’s…hardly proof of an impeachable offense. Say I was some kind of evil person, and I didn’t like my neighbor Sally. Truthfully, there’s nothing wrong with her, I’m just annoyed because she frequently hosts get-togethers without inviting me.

What if I decided that I wanted Sally out of the neighborhood, out of spite. I tell other people I’m friends with in the neighborhood that Sally is very rude, annoying, and a downright terrible neighbor. After saying it enough times, they’ll start to agree with me, especially if they don’t know Sally that well. Now that I'm not the only one who'd like to see Sally move away, we can work together to oust her from the neighborhood. I can file complaints to the police department, or resort to other dirty tactics to make her feel unwanted. But it doesn’t change the fact that I’m motivated by resentment. And it especially doesn’t change the fact that Sally did nothing wrong. I’m just a spiteful person.

See what I’m saying here? Just because Democrats don’t like that we have a Republican president who seems to piss them off all the time doesn’t mean he’s committing criminal acts. But if the hatred is strong enough, whether or not it’s founded in fact, it can certainly fuel the drive to get him out of their neighborhood: the White House. I wish them the best in their efforts, which will lead them no where but defeat. Perhaps some time off would help. Putting resentments to rest is step 1 on the road to mental clarity and sanity.