Did Pelosi accidentally give the game away in that 60 Minutes interview?
Depending who you believe, the (latest) impeachment dustup stems from either a proper whistleblower complaint or a political hatchet job.
Supposing it went through proper channels, the classified details of a phone call between our president and another foreign leader would be secret unless and until such time as that information became publicly known.
And that only way for that information to be publicly known is for the President to waive executive privilege.
The other explanation relates to the careful manner in which the report was written, as though by a team of lawyers, complete with footnotes, looking more like some sort of a team effort, and less like the report of a single concerned employee.
Did she let the truth slip out in her interview with 60 Minutes?
House Republican Conference Chairman Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., on Monday pushed for answers on how much top Democrats knew about the explosive White House whistleblower’s complaint before it was officially made, after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s head-turning comments during a televised interview on Sunday.
“He told me it was perfect, that there was nothing on the call,” Pelosi said on CBS News’ “60 Minutes,” referring to a conversation she had with President Trump before the Trump administration released either a transcript of his call with Ukraine’s leader or the whistleblower’s complaint.
“But, I know what was in the call,” Pelosi continued, before quickly adding, “I mean, uh, it was in the public domain.”
Pelosi’s remark drew scrutiny from Republicans because no verbatim account of Trump’s call had yet been made publicly available.
.@SpeakerPelosi said on 60 Minutes last night she knew the details of the classified Ukraine call before White House released transcript. This is starting to seem like a political set up. So, Madame Speaker, “what did you know and when did you know it?” pic.twitter.com/g5tlL5hBsX
— Liz Cheney (@Liz_Cheney) September 30, 2019
If they only received word of this information at the same time the rest of us did, how is it Pelosi spoke of knowing about what was in that call, and why did Schiff send a staffer (sponsored by the very politically conflicted ‘Atlantic Council’) to secretly meet with a former foreign leader only a few weeks before this story came to light?
Do we even know for certain Trump’s accusers were even working from an American copy of the conversation? Or could a Ukrainian leaker sympathetic to the defeated Ukrainian President have played a role in all of this?
There are a lot of questions still to be answered. And it’s past time for the Republicans in the Senate to start taking them seriously and using THEIR oversight powers to push back against this never-ending stupidity and find out what’s really going on among those who are failing at the job they are supposed to be doing of keeping privileged information secure.
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