On Thursday, four national security officials have been so concerned by the Trump administration’s efforts to pressure Ukraine for political purposes that they shared their discontent with a White House lawyer both before and after President Donald Trump’s July phone call with Ukraine’s President, citing US officials and other people aware of the matter.
The revelation of the discussions with National Security Council legal adviser John Eisenberg set up that US officials had delivered notable warnings via official White House channels even before Trump’s July phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky that set off a whistleblower complaint.
Based on the Post, officials have been alarmed by the removal of then-US Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch in May, the promotion of Ukraine-associated conspiracies from Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani and indications in White House meetings that Trump needed the Ukrainian government to deliver politically damaging information on former Vice President Joe Biden.
These issues, the Post stated, have been amplified after Trump’s call with Zelensky. A transcript of their discussion published by the White House last month reveals Trump repeatedly pushed Zelensky to investigate Biden and his son, Hunter. There isn’t any proof of wrongdoing by either Joe or Hunter Biden.
Officials informed the Post that shortly after the call occurred, national security adviser John Bolton and other senior officials were being contacted by subordinates with issues about what Trump had stated to Zelensky.
Bolton, who was fired last month, was among the officials who moved to obtain a rough transcript of the call that was already being “locked down” on a highly classified network. Officials informed The Post.
For move, the transcript came from the White House’s national security lawyers to prevent more people from seeing it, people aware of the scenario previously informed News Channel. It additionally came after recognition the document would be preserved for legal reasons.
Based on the Post, one official stated Eisenberg would “follow-up” on the warnings he received; however, it stays unclear if he took any action.