Trump-Ukraine controversy: Intelligence chief says whistleblower acted in ‘good faith’

Trump-Ukraine controversy: Intelligence chief says whistleblower acted in ‘good faith’


Yesterday we were presented
with a record of a call between the president of the
United States and the president of Ukraine
in which the president, our president, sacrificed our security
and our constitution for his personal and political benefit. Why you chose to allow the
subject of the complaint to play a role in deciding whether
Congress would ever see the complaint. Why you stood silent when a
intelligence professional under your care and protection was ridiculed
by the president, was accused of betraying his or her country
when that whistleblower by their very act of coming forward
has shown more dedication to country, more of an understanding of
the president’s oath of office than the president himself. – First, I want to stress that I
believe that the whistleblower and the inspector general have
acted in good faith throughout. I have every reason to believe
that they have done everything by the book and followed the law. Respecting the privileged nature
of the information and patiently waiting while the executive privilege
issues were resolved. Wherever possible, we have worked
in partnership with the inspector general
on this matter. While we have difference of opinions
on the issue of whether or not it is of urgent concern, I strongly
believe in the role of the inspector general. Second, although executive privilege
prevented us from sharing the details of the complaint with the committees
until recently, this does not mean that the complaint was ignored. The inspector general, in consultation
with my office, referred this matter to the Department
of Justice for investigation. Finally, I appreciate that in the past,
whistleblower complaints may have been provided to Congress
regardless of whether they were deemed credible or satisfied
the urgent concern requirement. However, I am not familiar with
any prior instances where a whistleblower complaint touched
on such complicated and sensitive issues, including executive privilege. I believe that this matter
is unprecedented. I also believe that I handled this
matter in full compliance with the law at all times and I am committed
to doing so, sir.