Trump Responds to Whistleblower Flap: 'Presidential Harassment!' 'It Never Ends'

By Susan Jones | September 19, 2019 | 11:26am EDT
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( - "Another Fake News story out there - It never ends!" Trump tweeted on Thursday, after much ado about Trump's alleged "promise" to a foreign leader that prompted a whistleblower -- a former White House employee -- to complain to the Intelligence Community inspector general.

As Trump was tweeting, that inspector general was meeting with the House intelligence committee in closed session.

"Virtually anytime I speak on the phone to a foreign leader, I understand that there may be many people listening from various U.S. agencies, not to mention those from the other country itself. No problem!" Trump wrote.

"Knowing all of this, is anybody dumb enough to believe that I would say something inappropriate with a foreign leader while on such a potentially “heavily populated” call. I would only do what is right anyway, and only do good for the USA!

In a third tweet, Trump ranted, "Presidential Harassment!"

According to the Washington Post, "Trump’s interaction with the foreign leader included a 'promise' that was regarded as so troubling that it prompted an official in the U.S. intelligence community to file a formal whistleblower complaint with the inspector general for the intelligence community," the Washington Post said, quoting "two former U.S. officials speaking on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly."

It's not clear what foreign leader Trump was speaking with or what he may have "promised."

But liberal media outlets, including the Post, have seized on the report to raise "new questions about the presidents handling of sensitive information," as the Post put it. One CNN analyst called Trump a “national security risk” on Thursday.

Washington Post reporter Carol Leonnig, who contributed to the Post's headline story, told MSNBC's Rachel Maddow Tuesday night the whistleblower is "Somebody who used to work at the White House and now has returned to their intelligence agency." This person "complained to the inspector general this is such a serious and flagrant abuse that they want it on record, they want it noted..."

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Wash Post Reporter: 'Somebody Who Used to Work at the White House' Is the Whistleblower


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