When the “whistleblower” story broke earlier this week, it was ridiculously short on specifics, but that didn’t stop the anti-Trump media from immediately sensationalizing and speculating wildly on WHAT motivated WHAT whistleblower to blow the whistle on WHAT highly inappropriate thing Trump had promised to WHAT foreign leader during WHAT phone call and WHAT the reason was for not sharing details with Congress. Reporters salivated over this wisp of a story, and why not? They tend to know precious little about other things they report; why not go with this as well? We decided to apply the “CNN rule” (or NEW YORK TIMES, take your pick) and wait at least 24 hours before commenting, knowing that in just about every case, it quickly turns out to be bogus and CNN moves into position to jump on the next one.

President Trump pushed back forcefully on the story. “...Is anybody dumb enough to believe that I would say something inappropriate with a foreign leader while on such a potentially “heavy populated” call. I would only do what is right anyway, and only do good for the USA!” He called it “another Fake News story,” and goodness knows, there have been plenty of those.


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Presidents usually have tremendous leeway in what they say in conversations with foreign leaders. Certainly we never hear the content of most of those conversations. Recall that if it hadn’t been for the accident of an open mic, we never would have heard then-President Barack Obama conveying a message to Vladimir Putin via the outgoing Russian president that he’d have “more flexibility” after the election to negotiate a defense issue. Imagine if it had been Trump overheard saying something like that.

Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson received the whistleblower complaint on August 12. He briefed the Intel Committee Thursday behind closed doors, and then what did the chairman, Adam Schiff, immediately do? Hold a press conference. (Anyone standing between him and the cameras risked a serious trampling injury.) If Schiff wants to know where the real problem is, he needs to look in the mirror.

The WASHINGTON POST now has an update, reporting that the story may involve Ukraine. As the NYT reported back in April, Rudy Giuliani tried to get Ukraine to investigate to find out whether some Ukrainian officials took steps in 2016 to damage then-candidate Trump’s campaign, as well as look into the relationship between former Vice President Joe Biden’s diplomatic role in that country and his son Hunter Biden’s work with a gas company there. If that’s what the latest hysteria is about, the story may backfire spectacularly on Democrats who are trying to implicate Trump in something inappropriate.

We’ve covered Joe Biden’s bragging last year about threatening to pull a loan guarantee from the Ukrainian government unless they fired the prosecutor who happened to be investigating a company that had Hunter on its board of directors. That happened while the senior Biden was Vice President, though most news media have shown spectacularly little curiosity about it. Was President Trump seeking help from the Ukrainian government to find out what father and son were doing? And if so, was that inappropriate?

And does Congress necessarily get to know about this? Under the Constitution, is it their business? Former deputy Assistant Attorney General John Yoo told FOX News’ Shannon Bream Thursday night that under the statute covering this situation, the Director of National Intelligence has an obligation to let Congress know about a complaint if it’s “something of urgent concern” and within the DNI’s jurisdiction. If the rumor that this is about Biden and his son is correct –- and at this writing, we don’t yet know –- then President Trump is conducting personal diplomacy that is not within the jurisdiction of the DNI.

“President Trump doesn’t work for the DNI,” he pointed out. “The DNI works for President Trump.”

Spy whistleblower complaint about Trump relates to Ukraine

Trump doesn’t work for Congress, either. And Congress does not have the constitutional power to make public or interfere with what the President wants to say to the President of Ukraine or any other country. Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee Adam Schiff, whose title really shouldn’t contain the word “intelligence,” seems to think “oversight” covers absolutely everything the President does, even regarding those powers that remain uniquely his under the Constitution.

Although the “Ukraine” angle is still iffy, the NYT updated it Thursday night: “Though it is not clear how exactly Ukraine fits into the allegations, questions have already emerged about Mr. Trump’s dealing with its government. He spoke on July 25 with President Volodymyr Zelensky and said he was convinced that Ukraine’s new government would quickly improve the country’s image and investigate corruption which “inhibited the interaction” between the two nations...Mr. Trump’s close allies including his personal lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani were also urging the Ukrainian government to investigate matters that could help Mr. Trump by embarrassing his political rivals, including former Vice President Joseph R. Biden, Jr.”

Ah, so there it is. Adam Schiff and willing accomplices in the press want to “get” Trump on allegations of using foreign officials to go after his political opponent. (Um, didn’t Hillary Clinton actually do that?) But Rudy Giuliani, in an interview Thursday night with Laura Ingraham, said this story points to the corruption of the Ukrainian system and of Joe Biden, not the President. Trump was encouraging the Ukrainian president to investigate very serious allegations of corruption. As for Biden, we’ve known for two years that he threatened to withhold a $1.2 billion loan guarantee from the Ukrainian president unless he fired a certain prosecutor (who happened to be investigating Biden’s son for accepting millions of dollars from a corrupt Ukrainian oligarch). Sounds like outright bribery to me. Where was the NYT on THAT?

And this question is key: Should Joe Biden –- like Hillary –- be immune from investigation and prosecution just because he might be the Democrat candidate for President? I’ll leave you with Giuliani’s words concerning the money: “[There was] $5 million from Ukraine to Latvia to Cypress to Joe Biden’s little crazy company he had, which follows $1.5 billion that went into that same company from China. The partners in that company are Joe Biden’s son, John Kerry’s son [actually stepson Chris Heinz], and [mobster] Whitey Bulger’s nephew. I didn’t make that up.”

Now THERE’S a story, with plenty of specifics. I’ll second what Giuliani said: How do they not cover this?

Ingraham Angle

Additional note: The timing of Trump’s call to the Ukrainian president (July 25) is interesting, because it came just a few days after this detailed story about the Bidens and Ukraine ran in the WASHINGTON POST (July 22). I’m not sure anyone else has connected the dots, but maybe this is why Trump had the “Ukraine/Biden” scandal on his mind at that particular time.

As vice president, Biden said Ukraine should increase gas production. Then his son got a job with a Ukrainian gas company.

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  • Nancy Isaacson

    09/27/2019 07:24 PM

    Dear Mike,
    Layer after layer of criminal acts of the elite in D.C. is uncovered. He must and should end in some arrests. Poor Trump, they are so afraid he will win the next election--AND HE WILL--that they are doing all the desperate moves they can wickedly, conjure. Like a witches brew, they keep dishing out their lies and venom. Some of them are afraid of getting arrested--as they should-- so until we prayerfully get them all exposed with evidence this will continue.
    What about Rep Omar--where is the investigation of her alleged charges?? Am sending a letter to 6 Reps and Pelosi with 100 signatures insisting that there be a full congressional investigation of this law breaker.
    In addition, Google took an email away that asked 60 persons to phone Pelosi, Rep Cummings and Worthless Rep Fazio daily for 10 days to protest this false accusations against our President. WE MUST HAVE TERM LIMITS--BECAUSE THE CRIMINAL ELEMENT will continue to try to control Congress and some Dept. Heads. I have asked and will you also ask Sharyl Atkinsson to do an investigation of Sec of Treasury Munchin. I think he is in the Demo camp. Thank you so much.
    Mrs. Nancy Isaacson

  • Luella Bandstra-Johnson

    09/22/2019 10:12 AM

    Thanks for staying on top of these things and reporting them to us properly

  • Don Chenault

    09/22/2019 07:02 AM

    ole joe is part of the "protected class" in the swamp and will be impossible for the timid repubs to
    shine any light on...there is concern by some that Pres Trump and frail repub party is dying from "death by 1,000 cuts"... the dimm/communist are masters of this process

  • Joe Broadway

    09/21/2019 07:05 PM

    Why is the US loaning anyone 1.2 billion dollars in the first place? If our government has that much extra money give it back to the citizens. All politicians are trash.

  • Myra A Pearson

    09/21/2019 06:51 PM

    I think a Democrat started this so they could try to get rid of him. I'm just saying! ( I mean get rid of Biden!)

  • Patricia A. McMahon

    09/21/2019 10:37 AM

    What a lot of hot air about nothing, Again.

  • Patricia A Kline

    09/21/2019 09:26 AM

    These people are like children! This is our nation! Not the sandbox!

  • Stephen Clayton

    09/21/2019 03:36 AM

    On Laura Ingaham's show on Fox News tonight, she commented that this whistleblower is not really a whistleblower because he/she is informing outside their organization. She inferred that this person in the deep state - probably in the FBI or CIA - is monitoring President Trump's calls and is leaking information to the fake news media. In that case, this person is a spy and is committing treason by leaking classified information. The DOJ needs to investigate this a put a stop to it.

  • Pamela Jane Lofland

    09/21/2019 01:24 AM

    Well..another week..another ridiculous adventure into a fantasy world..in which President Trump is caught committing a high crime so he can be impeached. It just keeps getting better and better doesn't it?

  • Maxine Oswalt

    09/20/2019 11:33 PM

    Is this garbage ever going to end? So much corruption and NO ONE getting found guilty for their wrong doings. Just simply does not make sense. Thank you for reporting on these things.

  • Adrian Rehak

    09/20/2019 09:05 PM

    Seriously, can anyone name one honest person that was part of the Obama administration? To do so I believe would requiring going at least a dozen steps down the ladder and then to the janitor. They should all be in jail. Will we ever see Attorney General Barr file charges against anyone? If not, then no citizen in this country has any reason to be honest following the example of our government officials? I went to the Naturalization Proceedings at the Herbert Hoover National Historic Site today to support the new legal citizens who earned their way into the USA. Unfortunately, with the corruption in our last president's administration I can't help but wonder if they all made a mistake!

  • viria riek

    09/20/2019 05:52 PM

    Why can't the president get information on calls the Squad makes to the Middle East and calls Pelosi makes to foreign countries? The President of the U.S. should not be expected to share any calls he makes to foreign leaders. His job is to serve to improve relations with all, and to protect our country.

  • Raymond D Babcock

    09/20/2019 02:50 PM

    If any of these losers do the perp walk i might just die or at least go into shock. For America has a three-tier justice system. The political elite that get paid to break the laws. The rich who pay to break the laws. The rest of us that go to jail for we said it was yellow, not amber.

  • Robert McFate

    09/20/2019 02:13 PM

    Seems to me there just might have to be a RICO investigation into the whole of the Obama administration!

  • Omega 2

    09/20/2019 01:13 PM

    THE BIDEN UKRAIN STORY HAS TO BE BROUGHT OUT AS BIDEN MADE A DEAL FOR MONEY TO SAVE HIS KID FROM BEING INDITED BY THE UKRAIN JUSTICE!

  • rodney burke

    09/20/2019 01:01 PM

    wow! you speak of operating on flimsy. NYT doesn't know how to do much else.! I am sure the IG complaint is going nowhere because of the NON-specifics. As for schiff? he needs a cell, in GITMO so he can't do anymore harm.Joe is about to have something bl;ow up in his face. but what's new? Things have been blowing up in the mentally ill's face for over a year. Funny Mike, Dan Bongino has the same rule as you. 24-72 hours and the story blows up and is proven false just like collusion. this is getting to be a comedy show with the NYT. As Rush says, "How do they have any credibility anymore?" I guess you and I are asking the same question and getting no answer. NYT no longer hides the fact that they lie, fabricate and tell what ever they choose and truth has gone out the window!

  • Ken Yordy

    09/20/2019 12:52 PM

    All this from Adam Schiff, the one who was duped by some Russians regarding nasty information about Donald Trump. Really !!! Why doesn't someone call him out about that situation whenever he opens his mouth?

  • Valerie

    09/20/2019 12:51 PM

    I fear America is doomed, the Dems./Socialists will do anything to destroy America. It is obvious to me, the Whistleblower has been paid vast sums of money for this nonsense, I would bet he has had an indiscretions, and he is being blackmailed. The Dems. etc are the vilest most evil creatures walking the face of the earth. Maybe it’s as well they don’t believe in our Heavenly Father so they have no idea how they are going to spend eternity. Two horrors in particular, the little Gestapo Nadler, and his cohort Schiff. I could go on and on, but will save you the horrors of what’s to come.

  • Carl Smith

    09/20/2019 12:32 PM

    Trump just keeps on playing the adolescents posing as journalist like a cheap fiddle and they just keep on digging. The REAL SHAME is the media is supposed to be to REPORT Facts and leave opinion to the late show. What is it going to take for the media to regain credibility? Maybe starting to report the news and stop being the Propaganda Arm of the Democratic Socialist of America, posing as PRO American ! I have been advised to quit calling the Dim Wit's Morons because you cannot change hearts and minds by insulting people like Shifty Schiff. Actually calling Shifty a Moron is a step up for him, so I don't want to elevate him from the sludge below the Swamp. From now on I will refer to him as the top candidate for Four " Forrest Gumps"!

  • Allegra G Kitchens

    09/20/2019 12:24 PM

    Yes, Virginia, people that dumb really do exist. They exist in the hearts of those stupid enough to believe those lies. They exist in the hearts of every journalist who broadcasts or prints those lies. So yes, Virginia people that dumb really exist. ( A little pre-Christmas sarcasm here for those who know the story of Virginia's letter to the editor about Santa Claus. LOL)

  • Jerry

    09/20/2019 12:06 PM

    I believe the closer we get to Obama and his law breaking administration for prosecution I think the media and the Obama holdovers will quiet down and we can get back to running America most of the World wants us to be. Without The United States being the country that will uphold law and order Peace and prosperity where will countries go for protection who will help them when natural forces ruins their landscapes or are bullied by other countries, with the exception of the Obama administration America will usually come to their aide. We need to Prosecute the unethical Obama Administration. That is a faster way to MAGA and KAG (Keep America Great)!!!!

  • Deena Grimsley

    09/20/2019 11:57 AM

    You are truly the only news source I completely trust. Thank you for your continued service to fight for what is right for our country- and in God’s Holy name.

  • Vickie Fiorentino

    09/20/2019 11:55 AM

    Oh dear...and we don't hear any of this except from you! thanks for the loop Mike!

  • Lawrence E. Foster

    09/20/2019 11:26 AM

    Ol' bloviatin' Joe Biden has always been a bit sleazy, going back to the days he used his positionas a senator to browbeat the insurance carrier (think it was blue cross) for the Federal Health Insurance into paying for his hairplugs (against the rules). Now we are seeing that maybe the whole family - perhaps less Jill - is a bit sleazy. Hunter Biden got a high-paying non-job in Ukraine, then his dad used our tax money to threaten the Ukraine government into firing a prosecutor who was investigating the Hunter Biden job. Maybe Jill Biden is right - we should not expect too much of Joe.

  • GENE D'ANGELO

    09/20/2019 11:25 AM

    Mike, isn't it quite obvious that ALL those on the left and the maniac media are completely anti-human?? And to think some of them declare that GOD Himself is on their side... I would think that would be on the edge of blasphemy because ANY of those who call Trump a criminal in any way shape or form are JUDGING him and what does the Bible say, "JUDGE NOT LESS YE BE JUDGED"... H E L L O!!!!!!!
    I only have one question... WHY IS BILL BARR TAKING SO LONG TO START THE ARREST OF ALL THOSE WHO HAVE COMMITTED CRIMES AGAINST OUR COUNTRY???
    that's it in a nutshell...