The White House will release a document showing the person who filed a complaint alleging President Donald Trump made improper requests to the leader of Ukraine had “political bias” in favor of a “rival candidate” of Trump, according to a report.
A senior official in the Trump administration told Fox News late Sept. 24 that the document cites the intelligence community inspector general.
The name of the “rival candidate” has not been released.
Sources have told Fox and others that the person, described as a whistleblower by some media, did not have direct knowledge of the call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
Trump said earlier Tuesday that he ordered an unredacted transcript of the conversation to be released Wednesday, asserting he has nothing to hide.
“You will see it was a very friendly and totally appropriate call. No pressure and, unlike Joe Biden and his son, NO quid pro quo! This is nothing more than a continuation of the Greatest and most Destructive Witch Hunt of all time!” he said in a statement.
A short time later, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) announced that Democrats in the House were “moving forward with an official impeachment inquiry” into Trump based on the complaint.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said they backed Pelosi.
There are not enough votes in the House at the moment to impeach Trump. Even if there were, the Senate is held by Republicans, and GOP members said on Tuesday that they would not vote for impeachment.
Jason Klitenic, general counsel of the Director of National Intelligence’s office, said in a letter to the complainant’s lawyers that the complaint “does not fall within the statutory definition of an ‘urgent concern’ set forth in U.S. code.”
He said the office is “consulting with other Executive Branch stakeholders” because “your client’s complaint involves confidential and potentially privileged communications by persons outside of the Intelligence Community.”
Trump and his allies have hit back over the allegations, noting former Vice President Joe Biden openly bragged last year about pressuring Ukraine to fire a prosecutor who at the time was investigating Burisma. Biden’s son Hunter Biden was on the board of Burisma until early this year.
Democrat party is covering up a pattern of corruption involving high level members of the Obama cabinet. The multi-million and billion dollar pay-for-play is mind boggling. Biden Family sale of office to Ukraine was not the only one or the most egregious. Slimy Joe is not alone.
— Rudy Giuliani (@RudyGiuliani) September 25, 2019
“Democrat party is covering up a pattern of corruption involving high level members of the Obama cabinet. The multi-million and billion dollar pay-for-play is mind boggling,” Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani said on Twitter early Wednesday.
He continued: “Biden Family sale of office to Ukraine was not the only one or the most egregious. Slimy Joe is not alone.”
“We know corrupt Ukrainian oligarch laundered $3 million to the Biden Family. But $3 to $4m more was laundered to Biden. So release all the financial records of all businesses involving Biden, Kerry’s stepson, and notorious mobster Whitey Bulger’s nephew,” he added.
“Biden should agree to release records to see if he flew Hunter to China in Dec. 2013 on AF 2 to facilitate Hunter’s sale of his office to China for a total of $1.5 billion. Is there any doubt that China paid it to compromise VP. But they bought another pol as well. Guess?”