Speaker Nancy Pelosi has released a statement about the intelligence whisteblower complaint. The third paragraph is probably the most important part of the statement:
“The Administration’s blocking of Acting DNI Joseph Maguire from providing Congress with the whistleblower complaint violates the federal statute, which unequivocally states that the DNI ‘shall’ provide Congress this information. If the President has done what has been alleged, then he is stepping into a dangerous minefield with serious repercussions for his Administration and our democracy. The President and Acting DNI’s stonewalling must end immediately, and the whistleblower must be provided with every protection guaranteed by the law to defend the integrity of our government and ensure accountability and trust.
The whole thing is carefully worded, naturally. The highlights I think are as follows:
- She is saying that the violation of the federal statute is on someone else higher up in the food chain. I don’t know if she is trying to supply some cover for acting DNI Maguire to get him to cooperate when he testifies on Thursday. But others who know Maguire — former CIA Director Brennan for one — say that Maguire is a “straight shooter” but acknowledge that he is fucking up, at least that is what has been said on MSNBC. Maguire took an oath to the Constitution not Trump.
- There is always the “if” in these matters with Trump because we don’t know the details yet. Therefore, all Democrats need to be careful. Check.
- There is the “then he is stepping into a dangerous minefield with serious repercussions for his Administration and our democracy.” Typically vague and avoiding the term impeachment. Yes, she has left this vague so those who support impeachment have something to cling to, but she didn’t say what the “serious repercussions” are, which leaves the anti-impeachment crowd happy.
- Then there is the usual calls for Trump to stop this shit, which he won’t.
I didn’t catch the name of the Democratic lawyer on MSNBC who was saying that Adam Schiff is a much better prosecutor than Nadler. When transcripts come out, I will add her name. But she stated that unlike Nadler, she expects Schiff to send out subpoenas to all involved next Thursday or Friday. In other words, she thinks that Schiff will take his oversight duties more seriously than Nadler.
I hope she is correct.