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Trump Calls Whistleblower’s Source ‘Close To A Spy,’ Relates To Treason

Shelby Talcott on September 26, 2019

President Donald Trump told staff members of the U.S.’s delegation to the United Nations Thursday that he wants the name of who gave information to a whistleblower regarding his phone call with Ukraine, adding that the person was “close to a spy” and relating it to treason.

whistleblower complaint, released to the public Thursday morning, stated that Trump and lawyer Rudy Giuliani had requested help from Ukrainian officials ahead of the 2020 election. The whistleblower received the information from other parties and did not directly hear the allegations, which included a July 25 phone call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

The Trump administration released a transcript of the phone call Wednesday.

Trump referred to the whistleblower Thursday as “crooked” and “close to a spy,” noting that “in the old days” they handled situations of “spies and treason” differently, The New York Times reported.

“I want to know who’s the person who gave the whistle-blower the information because that’s close to a spy,” Trump said according to The NYT. “You know what we used to do in the old days when we were smart with spies and treason, right? We used to handle it a little differently than we do now.”

The president also said media outlets are “crooked” and “scum” because of how they reported the story, according to The NYT. He spoke as Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire testified before the House Intelligence Committee that Trump didn’t ask for the whistleblower’s identity.

Trump commented on former Vice President Joe Biden as well, condemning his role in Ukraine when his son Hunter Biden was on the board of a Ukrainian energy company. A top Ukrainian prosecutor who was fired investigated the company. Trump has accused Joe Biden of using his position to influence Ukraine to help his son and oust former prosecutor Viktor Shokin.

The whistleblower complaint notes that the person got information about the July 25 phone call from multiple U.S. officials. Trump tweeted Thursday afternoon that it was “second hand information” and dismissed the news as a “Fake News Story.”


“Another Witch Hunt!” Trump added.

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  • you wrote pretty much the same thing I wrote. With all the chaos the democrats are causing it doesn't look like our government is secure as it should be. Of course the democrats don't care how our government looks to other countries because their agenda is to get Trump before the next election. Even lie like Schill did.

  • Who was the SPY that listened in on that phone call? That was supposed to be a CONFIDENTIAL phone call between Heads of State. NO president, Democrat or Republican, will ever again feel safe making a CONFIDENTIAL phone call to the Head of State of another country. The Democrats are DESTROYING the Presidency of this country whoever that President may be. TO HE// with all the Democrats. VOTE THEM ALL OUT OF OFFICE.

  • These people need to be prosecuted. They have caused nothing but mayhem since the election. No telling what kind of mess our country would be in if Democrats were in, they are causing enough obstruction of justice and they are the ones that need to be shut down and addressed. They are pushing for the take over of our country thru any means. People need to open their eyes and just quit being nasty and doing ugly things that they think are good to push for their doom as well. Democrats these days are not anything like they were, they fight for everything, but our country. If you can't fight for our Country and stop fighting for everything Global, then that is a real problem. People of all religions help other countries and that is no secret, you take these global initiatives and all they do is line their pockets.

  • Yeah, I've had the same thought. Have they been fantasizing all along that removing Trump would end with Hillary being declared the true winner in 2016 and installed on her rightful throne as POTUS? It often seems that way, but if so, the fantasy they've been occupying is more detached from the real world than it has always seemed.

  • You ask "Who says I am a Democrat?". Well, if you act like a Democrat, talk like a Democrat, come up with falsehoods like a Democrat......you are a Democrat.

  • Amazing the hoaxes the democrats and their media propaganda machine continue to develop. They must have a group(s) in the intelligence agencies that specializes in "hoax methods and means".

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