Month: September 2019

Intel Community secretly gutted requirement of whistleblower first-hand knowledge

Between May 2018 and August 2019, the intelligence community secretly eliminated a requirement that whistleblowers provide direct, first-hand knowledge of alleged wrongdoings. This raises questions about the intelligence community’s behavior regarding the August submission of a whistleblower complaint against President Donald Trump. The new complaint document no longer requires potential whistleblowers who wish to have their concerns expedited to Congress to have direct, first-hand knowledge of the alleged wrongdoing that they are reporting.

‘Whistleblower’ complaint relies on Soros-funded ‘investigative reporting’ group that partnered with Buzzfeed

Sections of a so-called whistleblower’s complaint alleging President Donald Trump was “using the power of his office to solicit interference from a foreign country” in the 2020 presidential race relies upon a self-described investigative journalism organization bankrolled massively by billionaire activist George Soros.

Solomon: These once-secret memos cast doubt on Biden’s Ukraine story

Biden has faced scrutiny since December 2015, when the New York Times published a story noting that Burisma hired Hunter Biden just weeks after the vice president was asked by President Obama to oversee U.S.-Ukraine relations. That story also alerted Biden’s office that Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin had an active investigation of Burisma and its founder.

Documents I obtained this year detail an effort to change the narrative after the Times story about Hunter Biden, with the help of the Obama State Department.

Ukraine’s former top prosecutor sworn he was fired over his refusal to drop Biden probe

In a newly published sworn affidavit, obtained by The Hill, Shokin said he was told the reason he was forced out in March 2016: Biden wasn’t pleased with the investigations into Burisma, an energy company for which Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, served on the board.

Shokin said he tendered his resignation at the request of President Petro Poroshenko, who “asked me to resign due to pressure from the U.S. presidential administration, in particular from Joe Biden.”

Judicial Watch sues for docs on Biden forcing firing of Ukraine prosecutor

The nonprofit government watchdog’s suit was in response to the government’s failure to respond to a May 7, 2019, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. Postal records confirmed that the Office of Programs and Information Services, which handles FOIA requests sent to the State Department, received the Judicial Watch request. The department did not respond within the time limits set by federal law, according to Judicial Watch.

After release of whistleblower document and transcript of Trump’s call with Ukrainian president, Nancy Pelosi accuses Trump of a ‘cover up’

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) accused the Trump Administration of a “cover up” in spite of the transcript of the phone call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and the ‘whistleblower complaint’ being declassified and released to the public.