At Least 4 National Security Officials Blew The Whistle About Trump’s Ukraine Extortion Scheme

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While Donald Trump largely focuses his impeachment tantrums on a single whistleblower, new reporting shows that at least four national security officials were sounding the alarm about the president’s efforts to extort Ukraine into coughing up dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden.

National Security Council legal adviser John Eisenberg indicate that officials were delivering warnings through official White House channels earlier than previously understood — including before the call that precipitated a whistleblower complaint and the impeachment inquiry of the president.

At the time, the officials were unnerved by the removal in May of the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine; subsequent efforts by Trump’s lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani to promote Ukraine-related conspiracies; as well as signals in meetings at the White House that Trump wanted the new government in Kiev to deliver material that might be politically damaging to Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.

Those concerns soared in the call’s aftermath, officials said. Within minutes, senior officials including national security adviser John Bolton were being pinged by subordinates about problems with what the president had said to his Ukrainian counterpart, Volodymyr Zelensky. Bolton and others scrambled to obtain a rough transcript that was already being “locked down” on a highly classified computer network.


Four!!...Trump was having a heart attack thinking it was just one!
 
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I thought he might have a heart attack last night at his rally. The guy was busting blood vessels just trying to read the teleprompter.

Now, so I don't get banned for derailing the topic:

I'm glad to see more Whistleblowers coming forward. True Patriots they are.
 
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While Donald Trump largely focuses his impeachment tantrums on a single whistleblower, new reporting shows that at least four national security officials were sounding the alarm about the president’s efforts to extort Ukraine into coughing up dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden.

National Security Council legal adviser John Eisenberg indicate that officials were delivering warnings through official White House channels earlier than previously understood — including before the call that precipitated a whistleblower complaint and the impeachment inquiry of the president.

At the time, the officials were unnerved by the removal in May of the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine; subsequent efforts by Trump’s lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani to promote Ukraine-related conspiracies; as well as signals in meetings at the White House that Trump wanted the new government in Kiev to deliver material that might be politically damaging to Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.


Those concerns soared in the call’s aftermath, officials said. Within minutes, senior officials including national security adviser John Bolton were being pinged by subordinates about problems with what the president had said to his Ukrainian counterpart, Volodymyr Zelensky. Bolton and others scrambled to obtain a rough transcript that was already being “locked down” on a highly classified computer network.


Four!!...Trump was having a heart attack thinking it was just one!
You are using politicus as your source? Please, how about something credible.
 
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It's all unraveling rather quickly now. The hubris of Trump and Giuliani led them to believe that they were getting away with enlisting foreign influence in a presidential election again, but it's now obvious that they were quietly being investigated all along.
Yep.
Deep State Strikes Back!!!!
(Which, is a good thing.)
 
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I thought he might have a heart attack last night at his rally. The guy was busting blood vessels just trying to read the teleprompter.

Now, so I don't get banned for derailing the topic:

I'm glad to see more Whistleblowers coming forward. True Patriots they are.
Actually, I heard mention of the rally this morning but they refused to show any clips b/c they claimed it was nonsense, which of course is a stupid bait n switch. News Teases.

Annnddd..... So I'm not derailing.....
Yes, the OP is right and this is being widely reported.
In fact, the story goes that Bolton, upon hearing of the "Shadow Foreign Policy" went "BALLISTIC."
Now of course Bolton is a dark horse in this whole thing. People "on both sides" are predisposed to dislike him. However, one thing we all can say about the guy is that he believes what he believes and he believes it. Oh, and he's NOT quiet about it.

So....turns out he signed a book deal yesterday.

.....but, I do still want the skinny on Trump's rally.
 

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When people were listening to this in real time, there were significant concerns about what was going on — alarm bells were kind of ringing,” said one person familiar with the sequence of events inside the White House, who, like others, spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss a sensitive matter. “People were trying to figure out what to do, how to get a grasp on the situation.” It is unclear whether some or all of the officials who complained to Eisenberg are also the ones who later spoke to the whistleblower.

The accounts are sharply at odds with Trump’s depiction of the call as a “perfect” exchange in which he “did nothing wrong,” despite appearing to link U.S. support for Ukraine to that country’s willingness to investigate the family of the former vice president. On Thursday, Trump renewed his attacks on Twitter, describing the impeachment inquiry as a “Democrat Scam.”

But new details about the sequence inside the White House suggest that concerns about the call and events leading up to it were profound even among Trump’s top advisers, including Bolton and then-acting deputy national security adviser Charles Kupperman. Bolton and Kupperman did not respond to requests for comment.

Officials said that within hours of the 9 a.m. conversation, a rough transcript compiled by aides had been moved from a widely shared White House computer network to one normally reserved for highly classified intelligence operations. According to the whistleblower’s complaint, White House lawyers “directed” officials to move the transcript to the classified system. At the same time, officials were seeking ways to report what they had witnessed, an undertaking complicated by the lack of a White House equivalent to the inspector general positions found at other agencies.


Nice to see the career professional stepping up to confirm what the whistleblower has been saying all along.

By this way, this is NOT NORMAL in any other administration.