Did someone in the House have a hand in setting up this obvious political hit? One expert sure thinks so.
Meet Fred Fleitz. He’s got some interesting credentials. He was held national security positions in the CIA, the DIA, the Department of State and the House Intelligence Committee staff. He is President of the Center for Security Policy, and, in 2018, served as deputy assistant to the president and chief of staff of the National Security Council.
So he knows a thing or two about a thing or two. His time with the CIA has given him a lot of experience with intelligence whistleblowers.
After taking a look at the ‘whistleblower complaint’ he has noticed some irregularities that have raised some red flags.
He openly wonders how an intelligence officer could file this sort of a complaint about a conversation between two world leaders, or how it could be seen as an intelligence matter. To him, it looks like a political hit.
My suspicions grew this morning when I saw the declassified whistleblowing complaint. It appears to be written by a law professor and includes legal references and detailed footnotes. It also has an unusual legalistic reference on how this complaint should be classified.
From my experience, such an extremely polished whistleblowing complaint is unheard of. This document looks as if this leaker had outside help, possibly from congressional members or staff.
Moreover, it looks like more than a coincidence that this complaint surfaced and was directed to the House Intelligence Committee just after Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), an outspoken opponent of President Trump, expressed numerous complaints in August 2019 accusing President Trump of abusing aid to Ukraine to hurt Joe Biden. This includes an August 28 tweet that closely resembled the whistleblowing complaint.
House Republicans need to ask the whistleblower under oath whether he spoke to the press or Congress about his complaint.
Remember when Schumer went on Maddow’s show and said ‘You take on the intelligence community and they have six ways past Sunday of getting back at you?’ (0:34)
Looks like Schumer may have known whereof he spoke.
…I refuse to believe that the leaking, timing and presentation of this complaint is coincidence. I don’t think the American people will buy this either.
I’m more worried, however, that this latest instance of blatant politicization of intelligence by Trump haters will do long term damage to the relationship between the intelligence community and US presidents for many years to come.