Speak Out: Whistleblower complaint

The secret whistleblower complaint at the center of Congress’ impeachment inquiry alleges that President Donald Trump abused the power of his office to “solicit interference from a foreign country” in next year’s U.S. election. The White House then tried to “lock down” the information to cover it up, the complaint says.

The nine-page document was released Thursday ahead of testimony to House investigators from Joseph Maguire, the acting director of national intelligence, who acknowledged that the complaint alleged serious wrongdoing by the president but insisted that it was not his role to judge whether the allegations were credible or not.

• “The anonymous whistleblower says that despite his or her not being present for the call.” This in a court of law is what we call hearsay. — Gabrielle Fay

• Chess move. They knew the Dems would jump on that and now look, they look foolish. — Eve Angelique

• After how much Obama hid, Democrats can’t handle his transparent this president actually is. But we don’t want to talk about how often Obama used presidential privileges do we? Projection at its finest. — Chris Werner

• It always goes back to Obama. The Dems didn’t do this. The whistleblower heard the call and how outrageous it was and made the complaint. If Obama had made a call like this to Ukraine the GOP would be crying bloody murder, hypocrites. — Ian VanSant

• My question is what will the Democratic Party do if Trump were to win in 2020? They are so determined to get this president out, they are tearing their own country apart to do it. I mean he’s only in office for four or eight years! They can undo everything they don’t like after that, can’t they? — Deborah Grubbs

• There are plenty of people who despise Trump without the Democrats’ help or influence. Also, there’s plenty of irreversible damage that he can do in that time. Like not believing in climate change and continuing to roll back EPA protections and promoting fossil fuel/coal — all so he can rally his base. — Lauren McCartney

• Another waste of time. Another waste of money. Hope they continue and take it to the Senate when, unlike a special prosecutor, witnesses can be called in defense. Might be Trump’s plan as a way to expose the corruption in D.C. — Brian Cullen

• Hmmm. Again I have to ponder Democrat Senator Chuck Schumer’s words, “Let me tell you, you take on the intelligence community, they have six ways from Sunday at getting back at you.” Reading the “whistleblower’s” complaint, it’s evident they didn’t just see something and then reported it, they instead went to a great deal of time and effort to put together an indictment. — Hezzie John Schools

• After previous conversations were leaked, the Trump administration began this “lockdown” procedure to ensure future calls between him and foreign leaders were protected. It wasn’t only this one as you infer. We are not stupid people anymore. — Kirk Albertson

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