Former NSA Chief Suggests Trump Whistleblower 'Had Help' From Democrats
former official suggests the document appears 'too polished'
A former National Security Agency chief of staff has suggested that the whistleblower, who accused President Donald Trump of inviting foreign in interference against a political opponent, had help from lawyers and House Democrats in making the complaint.
Fred Fleitz suggests the document appears "too polished" and has too much in common with the Democrats' ongoing impeachment agenda.
He also says the complaint has a lot in common with a tweet from California Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff, who is also chairman of the House Intelligence Committee.
In an op-ed piece for The New York Post, Fleitz wrote:
“This document looks as if this leaker had outside help, possibly from congressional members or staff."
He also says the whistleblower’s complaint, which was made public on Thursday, “appears to be written by a law professor.”
Fleitz, who is the president of the Center for Security Policy, says he is “troubled” by the whistleblower affair.
“I am troubled by the complaint and wonder how an intelligence officer could file it over something a president said to a foreign leader. How could this be an intelligence matter?”
“It appears likely to me that this so-called whistleblower was pursuing a political agenda.”
The former CIA official adds that he is s “very familiar with transcripts of presidential phone calls since I edited and processed dozens of them when I worked for the NSC. I also know a lot about intelligence whistleblowers from my time with the CIA.”
Trump is withholding vital military aid to Ukraine, while his personal lawyer seeks help from the Ukraine government to investigate his political opponent.— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) August 29, 2019
It doesn’t take a stable genius to see the magnitude of this conflict.
Or how destructive it is to our national security. https://t.co/X4yhTS2q1Z
“From my experience, such an extremely polished whistleblowing complaint is unheard of.”
He adds that it's “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 Trump, expressed numerous complaints in August 2019 accusing the President of abusing aid to Ukraine to hurt Joe Biden."
Fleitz highlights the similarity between the whistleblower’s complaint and Schiff's tweet:
“House Republicans need to ask the whistleblower under oath whether he spoke to the press or Congress about his complaint," Schiff tweeted.
Fleitz believes the whistleblower affair is part of a larger political plan.
“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,” adding 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 U.S. presidents for many years to come.”
On Thursday, while addressing the House Intelligence Committee, Schiff readout fabricated quotes from the president's phone call with the Ukrainian leader.
Anti-Trump California Democrat Schiff read a portion of a transcript from the now-infamous telephone conversation between President Donald Trump and Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky.
Instead of using the actual words from the transcript, Schiff made up fake quotes claiming they were "the essence" of what President Trump "communicates."