In a jaw-dropping revelation, we now know the “Disclosure of Urgent Concern” form that must be submitted by whistleblowers included a requirement of first-hand knowledge of all incidents being reported. This was conveniently changed to cater to the whistleblower complaint filed in August by a CIA operative who reported on the call between President Trump and Ukrainian President Zelensky. But the whistleblower had only second-hand knowledge of reports regarding the call and actions surrounding it, so the complaint should never have been filed in the first place.
The new documents claim the change was made in August, 2019, to eliminate the first-person knowledge requirement. However, the revised documents were not uploaded until September 24, long after the original complaint was filed and conveniently just prior to the release of the transcript from the call.
In other words, this was almost certainly a revision after-the-fact to cover for the reality that the whistleblower’s complaint did not meet the requirements to be accepted in the first place. Someone is covering their tracks, someone who clearly wants to take down the President even if they have to manipulate the system to fit their agenda.
The internal properties of the newly revised “Disclosure of Urgent Concern” form, which the intelligence community inspector general (ICIG) requires to be submitted under the Intelligence Community Whistleblower Protection Act (ICWPA), show that the document was uploaded on September 24, 2019, at 4:25 p.m., just days before the anti-Trump complaint was declassified and released to the public. The markings on the document state that it was revised in August 2019, but no specific date of revision is disclosed.
The complaint alleges that President Donald Trump broke the law during a phone call with the Ukrainian president. In his complaint, which was dated August 12, 2019, the complainant acknowledged he was “not a direct witness” to the wrongdoing he claims Trump committed.
A previous version of the whistleblower complaint document, which the ICIG and DNI until recently provided to potential whistleblowers, declared that any complaint must contain only first-hand knowledge of alleged wrongdoing and that complaints that provide only hearsay, rumor, or gossip would be rejected.
If this was the only odd thing that happened this week, I’d be reluctant to point to the conspiracy theory of the “Deep State” trying to attack our republic by taking down President Trump. Such things are for people who wear tinfoil hats, right? Except this wasn’t the only thing that happened this week, nor is this week the only example of nefarious activities happening in Washington DC that are designed to subvert the administration.
As Daily Wire’s Josh Hammer noted, it’s real.
For a long time, I resisted use of the term “Deep State.” The term seemed to connote a certain degree of Infowars/Alex Jones-esque conspiracy theorizing. Sure, the infamously Arabist denizens of the State Department permanent bureaucracy could always reliably be counted upon to oppose the foreign policy agendas of Republican administrations. But the proper remedy, it seemed to me, was to passionately argue that the ossification of any permanent bureaucracy necessarily redounds to the institutional interests of the Left. A condemnation of a purportedly subversive fifth column working within the executive branch, by contrast, seemed more properly the domain of the tin foil hat brigade.
But I was wrong. The Deep State is very, very real.
How else to possibly interpret the events of the past week — or the events of much of the past two and a half years, for that matter? Does anyone even remember Reality Winner, at this point? Does anyone even remember the leak of President Trump’s conversation with then-Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Trumbull?
What we’re witnessing is bigger than an impeachment inquiry. It’s bigger than a single CIA operative or a small cabal of secret detractors wanting to reverse the results of the 2016 election. This week, we witnessed a systematic coup attempt so complex, so unambiguously dangerous, that the only conclusion is the Deep State is much more powerful than many of us believed. I know there will be those who say, “I told you so,” when referencing past articles I’ve written declaring these conspiracy theories to be overblown. But like Jerry Orbach’s character in Dirty Dancing, “When I’m wrong I say I’m wrong.”
The truth must prevail. This week shows us the truth is fighting for its life.
If there was any doubt the Deep State exists and is actively working to take down President Trump, this week should erase those doubts. I hate conspiracy theories. The conspiracy to take down President Trump is no longer theoretical.
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