Sep 27, 2019

Fox News’ Chris Wallace says whistleblower complaint is “serious”

Fox News' Chris Wallace criticized Trump defenders on Friday, saying that their spin on the whistleblower complaint is "deeply misleading" to the public.

Why it matters: President Trump alleged without evidence Friday that the whistleblower obtained their "second-hand information" from a "leaker" or "partisan operative." He has also referred to the whistleblower as a "political hack."

Wallace: "I'm not saying therefore there's a hot, solid case and the president should be impeached. I'm not saying that, but what is clear from reading the complaint is that it is a serious allegation. A lot has been proven to be born out already."

  • "The whistleblower lays out a blueprint for talking to various officials in the White House, various officials in the State Department. And to dismiss this as a political hack, it seems to me to be an effort by the president's defenders to make nothing out of something. And there is something here."

A FOX News spokesperson told Axios that Wallace "was absolutely not talking about his colleagues.”

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Trump alleges without evidence whistleblower worked with "partisan operative"

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President Trump tweeted Friday that the "so-called Whistleblower isn't a Whistleblower at all," alleging without evidence that the whistleblower obtained their "second-hand information" from a "leaker" or "partisan operative."

"Sounding more and more like the so-called Whistleblower isn't a Whistleblower at all. In addition, all second hand information that proved to be so inaccurate that there may not have even been somebody else, a leaker or spy, feeding it to him or her? A partisan operative?"
— President Trump on Twitter
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Without evidence, Stephen Miller claims whistleblower is a "deep-state operative"

White House senior adviser Stephen Miller claimed on "Fox News Sunday" that the whistleblower who filed a complaint about President Trump's interactions with Ukraine is a "deep state operative" who does not deserve to be honored for forwarding a "partisan hit job."

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Trump wants to interview whistleblower despite federal protections

President Trump tweeted Tuesday that he wants to interview and "learn everything about" the Ukraine whistleblower, despite protections guaranteed under federal law.

"So if the so-called 'Whistleblower' has all second hand information, and almost everything he has said about my 'perfect' call with the Ukrainian President is wrong (much to the embarrassment of Pelosi & Schiff), why aren’t we entitled to interview & learn everything about the Whistleblower, and also the person who gave all of the false information to him.
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