- Whistleblower Complaint Conflicts With Trump–Zelensky Call Transcript
by pdf) on Sept. 26. Each allegation in the complaint is based on information the whistleblower learned from others, who he or she purports are White House officials; in several instances, the whistleblower opines on the hearsay as a matter of fact. The rest of the complaint consists of media reports and other publicly available information.The House Intelligence Committee released a copy of the complaint (
Although Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire told the House Intelligence Committee on Sept. 26 that the whistleblower complaint is aligned with the official transcript of the July 25 call between Trump and Volodymyr Zelensky, the complaint features three major contradictions.
In the first contradiction, the whistleblower claims that his purported White House sources told him that after “an initial exchange of pleasantries,” Trump “used the remainder of the call to advance his personal interests.” The transcript, which was released by the White House on Sept. 25, contradicts that claim, showing that the two leaders discussed potential meetings in Poland and Washington before concluding the call.
In the second contradiction, the whistleblower also claims that his sources told him that aside from the cases “purportedly dealing with the Biden family and the 2016 U.S. election … no other ‘cases’ were discussed.” The transcript contradicts that claim, showing that Trump and Zelensky discussed an inquiry into the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch.