Trump slams whistleblower report as ‘fake news’


OVERBLOWN. MARTHA.>>Martha: THANK YOU. WE ARE NOW, FORMER ACTING ATTORNEY GENERAL MATT WHITAKER. GOOD TO SEE HER TONIGHT, WHAT YOU MAKE OF THIS?>>THANK YOU. I THINK THIS IS A CLEAR EXAMPLE OF SOMEONE THAT’S PART OF THE DEEP STATE, MAY BE PART OF THE DEEP STATE IN THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY, TAKING ADVANTAGE OF THIS WHISTLE-BLOWER PROCEDURE, WHICH IS CLEARLY, AS TORRES REPORTED, OUTSIDE OF THE INTENTION OF THIS, AND THEN TRYING TO CREATE THIS FIRESTORM AND I THINK IT IS COMPLETELY OVERBLOWN AS IT WAS SUGGESTED.>>Martha: HOW DO YOU KNOW THOUGH? WE DON’T KNOW WHAT IS? WHAT WE DO KNOW IS THE WHISTLE-BLOWER BROUGHT IT TO THE IG AND THE IG ALSO FELT THAT IT WAS WORTH WRITING UP AND SENDING OUT A REPORT ON, SO THE IG DIDN’T LOOK AT HIM AND SAY THIS IS RIDICULOUS, WE’RE NOT GOING TO DO THIS. THAT’S TWO PEOPLE.>>I ALSO KNOW THAT THE GENERAL COUNSEL FROM DNI AND THE ACTING DNI DIRECTOR LOOKED AT THIS AND SAW IT EXACTLY WHAT IT WAS FOR. CONGRESS OVERREACTS AND ADAM SCHIFF IS GOING TO FIND ANY CAMERA TO GET IN FRONT OF THEM COMPLAIN ABOUT BUT THE BOTTOM LINE IS THE PRESIDENT HAS BROAD DISCRETION IN THE AREAS TO NEGOTIATE WITH WORLD LEADERS AND HAVE A FEELING THAT WE DO HEAR THE WHOLE STORY, IT WILL BE A BIG NOTHING BURGER.>>Martha: AND MY GUESS IS THAT WE WILL. ESPECIALLY IF THEY DO TURN IT OVER TO CONGRESS, I THINK THAT’S PROBABLY ONE OF THE HESITATIONS, BECAUSE WE KNOW THAT THEN ANOTHER CONVERSATION FOR THE PRESIDENT A FOREIGN LEADER WILL BECOME PART OF THE PUBLIC DOMAI DOMAIN. FORMER CIA — GO AHEAD.>>AND IT ALSO IS AN EXAMPLE OF THIS PERSON WHO CLEARLY DISAGREED WITH WHATEVER THE POSITION THE PRESIDENT DID TAKE IN THIS CONVERSATION WANTED TO GET THAT OUT THERE. THEIR TAKE WAS DIFFERENT AND I DISAGREED WITH THE PRESIDENT WHATEVER HE SAID, THEY TRY TO GET THAT OUT AND GET INTO “THE WASHINGTON POST,” GET IT TO CONGRESS DOING EXACTLY WHAT THEY INTEND TO DO.>>Martha: I THOUGHT IT WAS INTERESTING THAT FORMER CIA ANALYST AND CNN COUNTERTERRORISM ANALYST WHO IS NOT A BIG FAN OF THE PRESIDENT, HE WAS OUTRAGED BY THIS. LET’S WATCH WHAT HE HAD TO SAY.>>I’M ABOUT READY TO BLOW A GASKET. THAT IS EXTREMELY UNUSUAL. WHAT THE HECK IS OVER THE LINE? THE PRESIDENT CAN SAY WHAT HE WANTS TO PUTIN. HE CAN SAY WHAT HE WANTS TO KIM JONG UN. THE PRESIDENT CAN SAY WHAT HE WANTS. IT’S NOT THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE INTEL GUYS TO GO POLICE THE PRESIDENT AND GO SNITCH ON HIM TO THE CONGRESS. RIDICULOUS.>>Martha: I THINK THAT’S VERY INTERESTING AND IT RAISES THE QUESTION, WHAT WOULD RISE TO THE LEVEL OF WHAT THIS INDIVIDUAL HAS CHOSEN TO DO?>>I THINK THE ONLY THING WE KNOW IS THIS INDIVIDUAL, ESPECIALLY IF THEY ARE THE SOURCE FOR “THE WASHINGTON POST,” MAY HAVE VIOLATED THE LAW IN PROVIDING INTELLIGENCE AND CLASSIFIED INFORMATION TO THE PRESS VIA LEAK OUTSIDE OF THE BOUNDS OF THE WAY THE SYSTEM IS SET UP TO BE SO I AGREE WITH — ONE OF THE RARE SITUATIONS I AGREE WITH HIM, I THINK THIS IS OUTRAGEOUS CONDUCT IN THE PRESIDENT IS ENTITLED TO NEGOTIATE ON BEHALF OF THE UNITED STATES, IT’S A CONSTITUTIONAL POWER AND I JUST CAN’T IMAGINE A SITUATION WHERE WHATEVER HE SAID TO ONE OF THESE INDIVIDUALS COULD BE SAID AS MAKING A PROMISE OR A COMMITMENT THAT STEPS OVER THE LINE BECAUSE THE PRESIDENT ‘HIS POWERS ARE SO BROAD.>>Martha: I ALSO THINK THE ADDITIONAL DETAILS THAT CAME UP THIS AFTERNOON, IT WASN’T JUST A PROMISE OR ONE THING, BUT IT WAS ACTUALLY A LOT OF THINGS. IN SOME WAYS COULD POTENTIALLY — IT MIGHT JUST BE AN INDICATION OF OVERALL DISGRUNTLED WITH THE WAY THE PRESIDENT WAS DEALING WITH. SO WE WILL SEE. WHAT ABOUT THE CRITICISM OF THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE? BECAUSE SOME ARE SAYING THAT THEY SORT OF STEPPED IN BETWEEN HERE TO PREVENT WHAT DEMOCRATS AS THE CORRECT PROCEDURE, WHICH WOULD BE TO RELEASE THE REPORT TO THE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE TO HAVE THEM HAVE A LOOK AT IT BUT THE DOJ STANDING IN THE WAY OF THAT.>>THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE AND ESPECIALLY THE OFFICE OF LEGAL COUNSEL, WHO IS THE LAWYER OF THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH AND SOME OF THE SMARTEST PEOPLE THAT I KNOW AND HAVE WORKED WITH MANY OF THEM UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL. THEY ARE THE ONES THAT GET TO DECIDE THESE ISSUES REGARDING WHAT THE LAW IS AND WHAT YOU CAN AND CAN’T DO AND I WOULD STAND BEHIND REALLY ANYTHING THEY SAY BECAUSE STEVE ENGEL AND HIS GROUP ARE JUST THE SMARTEST LAWYERS AND THE GOVERNMENT.>>Martha: ALSO JUST AS A LAST MENTION, THE INSPECTOR GENERAL’S JOB IS TO SORT OF OVERSEE THE DEPARTMENTS THAT ARE UNDER THEM IN THE INTELLIGENCE AGENCIES, SO IT DOES SEEM THAT IT’S POTENTIALLY A VALID ARGUMENT THAT THE PRESIDENT IS OUTSIDE OF THAT CIRCLE AND THEY DON’T HAVE JURISDICTION OVER THAT.>>THAT’S EXACTLY RIGHT, SO THE INSPECTOR GENERAL, THIS PROCESS IS RESERVED FOR ESSENTIALLY THEIR –>>Martha: EMPLOYEES.>>EMPLOYEES ON WHAT THEY HAVE AUTHORITY OVER AND THE PRESIDENT IS NOT INSIDE OF THE SCOPE AND SHOULD NOT BE PART OF THIS PROCEDURE TO TELL CONGRESS.>>Martha: WE WILL SEE WHERE IT GOES AND WHAT WAS SO EGREGIOUS THAT THEY — WE WILL

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