Less than a week after widespread media focus first began on an alleged “whistleblower” in the Trump Administration, additional scrutiny has proved that the leaker had no knowledge of the President’s phone call with a foreign leader, The Daily Caller reports.
Fox News contributor Brit Hume highlighted the discrepancy between the whistleblower’s claims and their own admitted knowledge (or lack thereof) of the event in question, pointing out on Twitter that “the whistleblower didn’t have direct knowledge of the communications, an official briefed on the matter told CNN.”
The report further admitted that “instead, the whistleblower’s concerns came in part from learning information that was not obtained during the course of their work.”
It has since been claimed that the foreign leader to whom President Trump spoke was Volodymyr Zelensky, the President of Ukraine, with additional reports suggesting that the topic of the conversation may have been the Ukrainian investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden’s son Hunter Biden, who was caught up in suspicious business dealings with the Ukrainian energy company Burisma Holdings.
As vice president, Biden openly admitted to using his position of power to influence the government of then-President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, where then-General Prosecutor Viktor Shokin was investigating Burisma and Hunter Biden’s involvement. Vice President Biden issued an ultimatum to Ukraine that the United States would withdraw $1 billion in aid unless Shokin was removed, which he ultimately was.
Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko has since come to President Trump’s defense, insisting that “there was no pressure” from Trump for Zelenskiy to take any action against Biden or Burisma, adding that “leaders have the right to discuss any problems that exist.”