Rep. Ratcliffe: Whistleblower Report Is Like Steele Dossier – Relies on Mainstream Media Sources

Eric Scheiner | September 26, 2019
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During a House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence hearing Thursday, Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Ill.) criticized the whistleblower complaint against President Trump regarding a phone call with the Ukrainian President.

“The whistleblower is in fact wrong in numerous respects,” Ratcliffe said.

I know everyone's not going to have time to read the whistleblower’s complaint, but the whistleblower says that ‘I am deeply concerned’ -talking about the president  - that there was a serious or flagrant problem, abuse or violation of law.

The whistleblower then goes on to say, I was not a direct witness to the events described. However, I found my colleague's accounts of this to be credible. 

And then talking about those accounts of which this whistleblower complaint is based on, the whistleblower tells us ‘the officials that I spoke with told me’ and ‘I was told that’ and ‘I learned from multiple U.S. officials that’ and ‘White House officials told me that.’ And ‘I also learned from multiple U.S. officials that’ - in other words, all of this is secondhand information. None of it is firsthand information. 

The whistleblower then goes on to cite additional sources besides those second hand information. Those sources happened to include mainstream media, the sources that the whistleblower bases his complaints on include The Washington Post, The New York Times, Politico, The Hill, Bloomberg, ABC News and others.

In other words, much like the Steele dossier, the allegations in the whistleblowers complaints are based on third hand mainstream media sources rather than firsthand information.

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The Steele Dossier was a scandalous report paid for by the Clinton campaign alleging ties between the Trump campaign and Russian officials.

RELATED: Watch the complete testimony HERE.