A YouTuber filmed himself defecating on the driveway of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s San Francisco residence, referring to it as a form of “peaceful protest.”
The man, who goes by “Mando,” posted a two-hour livestream on Saturday titled “Poopalosi,” part of which shows the YouTuber crouching in the speaker’s driveway:
After completing the deed, he walks back to the camera and utters, “That was for President Trump.” However, he later said he is “not really very political.”
According to the New York Post, Mando “said he’s part of a niche YouTube community that creates ‘IRL’ or ‘in real life’ livestream videos chronicling long stretches of unfiltered daily life,” which began after he became homeless six years ago. Since the coronavirus lockdowns and restrictions, he has struggled to find a public bathroom to use, and viewers jokingly told him to take his issue to Pelosi’s driveway.
“I’d been hunting for a toilet all week, and the joke came up in the comments on one of my streams that ‘Hey, you should take a crap at Pelosi’s house,’” Mando told the Post, adding that he entertained the idea until he “just couldn’t hold it anymore” but admitted that the joke “got out of hand.”
Just a few hours after the incident, Mando said, he was stopped by officers with the Bay Area Rapid Transit Police Department, who detained him at the behest of Capitol Police, the agency tasked with protecting members of Congress.
“It was scary! I thought my life was over in that moment,” he said.
“They kept asking me, ‘Are you this? Are you that? Are you Antifa?’ And the Capitol Police were definitely watching my channel, because I could hear them on the radio like, ‘Tell him to turn off the stream.’”
Mando has since apologized to Pelosi and stated that he is “not proud” of what he did.
“@SpeakerPelosi I know you may not ever see this but I want you to know, I meant no foul harm yesterday when I did what I did. I’m not proud of it at all and I just would like for you to know that. I have no ill will against you or anyone in an elected officials position,” he said.
He does hope, however, that his action will draw more attention to the need for resources for those living on the streets.
Pelosi recently came under fire after visiting a San Francisco hair salon, brazenly violating local coronavirus rules and restrictions. She later blamed the salon, claiming that she fell for an elaborate set up — an accusation the salon owner adamantly denied.
Over 21,000 people have signed a petition urging leaders to prosecute House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) for violating local coronavirus rules after getting salon services in San Francisco last week.
The petition, which aims to garner 25,000 signatures, is addressed to San Francisco Police Chief William Scott and urges city leaders to prosecute the 81-year-old Speaker for breaking coronavirus rules and restrictions — which have barred indoor salon services — during her August 31 visit to eSalon.
“Laws aren’t just for the ‘little people,’” the letter reads. “Not only did Nancy Pelosi knowingly violate health ordinances, but just destroyed a business because she couldn’t take a [sic] ounce of responsibility.”
“The salon owner gets death threats, while Pelosi has paid ZERO price for her hypocrisy,” the letter continues. “At a very minimum, Nancy Pelosi must be prosecuted by San Francisco for her flaunting of COVID regulations. Now!”
The petition had over 21,400 signatures as of Thursday evening.
Pelosi has refused to apologize for breaking local rules, which have kept businesses locked down for months. Instead, the maskless Speaker vilified the salon owner and claimed to be the victim of a setup.
“I take responsibility for trusting the word of the neighborhood salon that I’ve been to over the years many times and that when they said, what, we’re able to accommodate people one person at a time, and that we can set up that time, I trusted that,” Pelosi said.
“As it turns out, it was a setup,” she added. “So I take responsibility for falling for a setup.”
As Breitbart News detailed, salons were only permitted to begin to offer outdoor services beginning Tuesday, September 1 — one day after Pelosi’s visit.
Erica Kious, owner of the salon, said she is closing her business due to the fallout from exposing the Speaker’s visit.
“I am actually done in San Francisco and closing my doors, unfortunately,” the single mom told Fox News’s Tucker Carlson this week.
“I started to just get a ton of phone calls, text messages, emails, all my Yelp reviews … saying that they hope I go under and that I fail. So just a lot of negativity towards my business,” she added.
A GoFundMe for Kious raised over $336,000, which she will use for “business purposes.”
“At the conclusion of this fundraiser, ALL donations will go directly to Erica to pay off any debts from the business that she is forced to shut down, expenses to relocate and reopen in a new location,” Amy Tarkanian, the organizer of the fundraiser, wrote.
Portland police arrested dozens of rioters in the city over last weekend’s protests, which were dominated by Antifa activity and continued violence against police officers.
Over 50 people were arrested as a result of Saturday’s protests in the Democrat-run city. Demonstrators tossed firebombs, rocks, and commercial grade fireworks at police. Fifteen more were arrested in the protests taking place the following night, as rioters set fires and blocked roads.
Journalist Andy Ngo posted several mugshots of the most recent arrestees, many of whom were quickly released without bail.
Deidra Rose Watts, formerly known as David, was among those arrested on Sunday. Watts is reportedly “part of the #antifa press crew” and has since been released without bail.
Similarly, Gerald Kohler, 19, and Lucas Angell-Atchison, 25, were also arrested as a result of last weekend’s protests, and both were quickly released without bail as well:
Joe Biden’s (D) selection of Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) as his running mate is emblematic of the progressive shift steadily embraced by the former vice president, as Harris’s record displays her radical, far-left ideology, despite the more moderate demeanor she attempted to display during her failed presidential bid.
Establishment Democrats praised Biden’s choice. The Clintons applauded the selection, with former President Bill Clinton describing her as a “terrific” choice and failed Trump challenger Hillary Clinton deeming her an “incredible public servant and leader.” Former President Barack Obama praised Biden, proclaiming that his former running mate “nailed this decision.”
Regardless of the chatter and ongoing analysis from political pundits, commentators, and officials, Harris has a well-documented record of embracing radical progressive ideas, touting them herself on numerous occasions.
Here are nine examples of Harris putting her far-left ideology on full display.
1. The Green New Deal
While most traditionally think of self-described democratic socialists, such as Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), when it comes to climate change, Harris is also a champion of the Green New Deal, describing climate change as an “existential threat to us as human beings.”
“Being practical recognizes that greenhouse gas emissions are threatening our air and threatening the planet and that it is well within our capacity as human beings to change our behaviors in a way that we can reduce its effects. That’s practical,” Harris said last year, telling CNN’s Inside Politics that “of course we can afford” costly programs like the Green New Deal.
“It’s not about a cost. It’s about an investment. And the question should be, is it worth the cost in terms of the investment potential? Are we going to get back more than we put in?” she asked.
Harris, who unveiled her own $10 trillion climate change proposal which aimed for total carbon-neutral electricity in 10 years, has also expressed support for banning plastic straws and reshaping the food pyramid to reduce red meat consumption.
2. Marijuana loans
While Harris effectively jailed nearly 2,000 people for marijuana-related offenses as her time as a prosecutor and California’s attorney general — despite joking about smoking weed herself — she released a sweeping criminal justice reform plan last year, which promised to facilitate government loans for “socially and economically disadvantaged individuals” in the marijuana industry.
At the time, Harris explained that she would help end the War on Drugs via the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act, “which according to her website ‘legalizes marijuana at the federal level by removing the substance from the Controlled Substances Act,’” as Breitbart News reported. Additionally, it teased loans to “assist small businesses in the marijuana industry that are owned and controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals.”
3. Brett Kavanaugh
Harris was among one of the most vocal senators during the Democrats’ effort to take down now-Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, as Breitbart News extensively detailed.
Despite the gross discrepancies in Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony and Kavanaugh’s vehement denial, Harris concluded, based on her unsubstantiated attacks, that he “lied to the U.S. Senate and most importantly to the American people” and called for his impeachment.
Stunningly, Harris tried to used her crusade against Kavanaugh as a personal highlight during her presidential campaign, bragging that she has “taken on Jeff Sessions, Bill Barr, [and] Brett Kavanaugh:
It’s been three years to the day since our national nightmare was elected president. Since then, I’ve taken on Jeff Sessions, Bill Barr, Brett Kavanaugh, and more in the Senate. And I’m ready to defeat Trump in 2020. pic.twitter.com/MAlNzBWFhB
She did not mention that she lost all three battles, as all were ultimately confirmed.
President Donald Trump reminded the public on Tuesday that Harris was “extraordinarily nasty to Kavanaugh.”
“She was nasty to a level that was just a horrible thing the way she was, the way she treated now-Justice Kavanaugh,” he said. “And I won’t forget that soon.”
The California senator vehemently supported what has since been dubbed as the Democrats’ impeachment witch hunt against President Trump. Throughout the process, Harris repeatedly referred to Trump as a “criminal” and “unpatriotic”:
“If the Senate does not conduct a fair trial, then we can begin to talk about the end of our democracy.” @KamalaHarris discusses the Senate impeachment trial with @Kasie, calls for witnesses to be included pic.twitter.com/t04I1LyISe
Harris’s giddy behavior eventually earned her a slap on the wrist from Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), who scolded her for goofing off at an impeachment press conference in January:
5. ICE = KKK
During a 2018 hearing featuring former ICE chief Ronald Vitiello, Harris attempted to liken the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to the Ku Klux Klan, proclaiming that she was talking about “a perception.”
Harris had Vitiello address his previous description of the Democrat Party as “NeoKlanist,” and he apologized, stating, “the Klan was what we could call today a domestic terrorist group.”
“Why?” Harris pressed.
“Because they tried to use fear and force to change the political environment,” Vitiello stated.
“And what was the motivation for the use of fear and force?” Harris asked.
“Based on race and ethnicity, ” Vitiello said.
“Right,” Harris said, making the comparison. “And are you aware of the perception of many about how the power and discretion at ICE is being used to enforce the law and do you see any parallels?”
Vitiello said he did not see any parallels, prompting Harris to push back.
“How can you be the head of an agency and be unaware of how your agency is perceived by certain communities?” she asked.
6. Biden’s Ukraine scandal
While the lawmaker sparred with Biden during the primary, she refused to discuss the looming questions surrounding Biden’s role in the firing of the Ukrainian prosecutor who was investigating Burisma Holdings, where his son Hunter pocketed tens of thousands of dollars per month. Biden, as vice president, threatened to withhold $1 billion in aid unless the prosecutor investigating the company was fired.
“If the prosecutor is not fired, you’re not getting the money. Well, son of a bitch,” Biden said, recalling the event. “He got fired.”
Harris told reporters that she refused to get “duped” into discussing the issue.
“I’ve said many times that on this issue of Ukraine, leave Joe Biden alone,” Harris said on the campaign trail, dismissing the concerns as a “trap that the president has laid, which is to manipulate the power of the president and the relationships that we have with allies like Ukraine in a way that has been about personal and political benefit.”
“So I’m not going to get duped into having that conversation,” she continued. “Let’s leave Joe Biden alone”:
“I’m not going to get duped into having that conversation,” Kamala tells Fox News on question about Biden/Ukraine. “Let’s leave Joe Biden alone.” pic.twitter.com/X1fRJIbeCd
Last May, Harris bragged about raising over $161,000 for pro-abortion organizations, and during last year’s October debate, Harris falsely stated that “women will die, poor women, women of color will die” due to abortion restrictions in red states.
In October, Harris stumped for Virginia state lawmaker Kathy Tran, who previously proposed a bill to allow abortion up to the time a woman is dilating — to the very moment of birth.
Harris praised Tran as a courageous and strong leader.
“She is somebody who never puts up her finger and says, ‘Oh, is this going to be popular or not?’ You know that. You know she’s taken on huge fights, in particular for the women of Virginia and the families that love them, saying it’s not about what’s popular at the moment,” Harris said.
“It’s about what’s right. And these are the kinds of leaders we need in our statehouses,” she continued.
Pro-life leaders say that the addition of Harris to Biden’s ticket has created the “most pro-abortion presidential ticket in history.”
It was Harris who, as California attorney general, directed her office to lead the raid on Center for Medical Progress (CMP) project lead David Daleiden after CMP released undercover videos exposing Planned Parenthood’s fetal tissue sales practices.
It was Harris’s office that collaborated with Planned Parenthood to produce legislation that would criminalize the CMP undercover journalists for publishing and distributing recordings of private communications with abortion providers in California.
8. Gun control
Biden’s addition of Harris also heightens his campaign’s anti-Second Amendment views. Last year, Harris vowed to take action on guns via executive orders:
Gun violence is the leading cause of death for young Black men in America. We must stop this. When president, I will take executive action to ensure guns do not fall into the wrong hands.
It’s not enough to just talk — Americans deserve action.
On September 7, 2019, Breitbart News reported Harris’s support for government-mandated buybacks of AR-15 rifles. Bloomberg reported that Harris had not worked out all the details on how the buyback would work, but she said, “I think it’s a good idea.”
Harris is on record voicing support for universal background checks and prohibiting rifle purchases for 18-20-year-olds. And as California Attorney General she fought to preserve the “good cause” requirement, which means law-abiding citizens without a criminal record were still barred from getting a California concealed carry permit unless they could prove why they needed to carry a gun.
9. Free health care for illegal aliens
Harris, like her Democrat competitors at the time, signaled that she supports free, taxpayer-funded health care for illegal aliens, which by some estimates could cost up to $660 billion per decade.
GovTrack.us rated Harris the most liberal lawmaker in the Senate in 2019, even putting her to the left of Sanders. These details may seem irrelevant to some, who argue that the vice president does not play a major role in policy decisions. However, a majority of Americans believe it is “likely” that his running mate “will be president before the end of Biden’s four-year term,” according to a Rasmussen poll released Monday.
Nearly one-third of Americans do not believe the coronavirus death toll is as high as reported, an Axios/Ipsos poll released Tuesday revealed.
The survey, conducted July 17-20, 2020, among 1,037 U.S. adults, found that Americans are growing skeptical over the number of reported coronavirus-related deaths.
“Do you believe the actual number of Americans dying from the coronavirus is more, less, or about the same as the number of deaths that have been reported?” the survey asked.
Nearly one-third, or 31 percent, said the death toll is “less,” another 31 percent said “about the same,” and 37 percent said “more.” However, the number of those who believe it is less has increased by eight percent since May.
Republicans remain far more skeptical of the coronavirus death toll, with 58 percent saying it is “less,” 25 percent saying it is “about the same,” and 16 percent saying it is “more.” A majority of Democrats, 61 percent, believe the death toll is higher, 30 percent say it is “about the same,” and nine percent believe it is “less.”
“Where you get your news has a strong correlation to your faith in the numbers,” Axios reported:
Fox News watchers who say deaths are being over-counted shot up from 44% to 62%, even higher than Republicans overall.
Other big gains came from those who say they have no primary news source, from 32% to 48%; and those whose primary sources include local news, from 30% to 44%.
There was a smaller increase among people whose primary news source is one of the networks or major U.S. newspapers, while views of those who primarily watch CNN and MSNBC remained about the same.
The U.S. has reported 3,819,139 confirmed cases of the virus and 140,630 related deaths, according to the Health and Human Services (HHS) Coronavirus Data Hub.
According to the latest publication of statewide test results from the Florida Department of Health, published on Friday, several testing facilities’ positivity rates for coronavirus tests were 27.66, 33.33, 37.10, 40, 43.13, 44.44, 50, 55, 57.14, 59.23, 60, 87.5, 91.18, and 100.
The Florida Department of Health’s stated positivity rates and associated volume of coronavirus cases does not match claims made by the testing facilities, reported FOX 35.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) recently addressed the mounting reports of individuals receiving positive test results, even though they left the testing facility before they were actually tested.
“For that to come back positive, when there was no specimen submitted, is problematic, so I’ve heard it enough to be concerned about it,” DeSantis said.
“I asked the Department of Health to look at that because I heard it too if you can give us, if people that have told you that are willing to provide their name, we’re interested in investigating this because it’s ridiculous,” he added.
President Donald Trump threatened Wednesday to “cut off” funding to schools if they do not reopen in the Fall after closing due to coronavirus concerns.
“In Germany, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, and many other countries, SCHOOLS ARE OPEN WITH NO PROBLEMS,” Trump said.
“The Dems think it would be bad for them politically if U.S. schools open before the November Election, but is important for the children & families,” he continued. “May cut off funding if not open!”
In Germany, Denmark, Norway, Sweden and many other countries, SCHOOLS ARE OPEN WITH NO PROBLEMS. The Dems think it would be bad for them politically if U.S. schools open before the November Election, but is important for the children & families. May cut off funding if not open!
“Corrupt Joe Biden and the Democrats don’t want to open schools in the Fall for political reasons, not for health reasons! They think it will help them in November,” he said. “Wrong, the people get it!”
Corrupt Joe Biden and the Democrats don’t want to open schools in the Fall for political reasons, not for health reasons! They think it will help them in November. Wrong, the people get it!
“The importance of in-person learning is well-documented, and there is already evidence of the negative impacts on children because of school closures in the spring of 2020,” the AAP said in its pitch for an in-person 2020-2021 academic year, contending that the virus behaves “differently in children and adolescents than other common respiratory viruses, such as influenza, on which much of the current guidance regarding school closures is based”:
Although children and adolescents play a major role in amplifying influenza outbreaks, to date, this does not appear to be the case with SARS-CoV-2. Although many questions remain, the preponderance of evidence indicates that children and adolescents are less likely to be symptomatic and less likely to have severe disease resulting from SARS-CoV-2 infection. In addition, children may be less likely to become infected and to spread infection. Policies to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 within schools must be balanced with the known harms to children, adolescents, families, and the community by keeping children at home.
“The CDC never recommended school closures because they didn’t believe that was an effective strategy,” a senior administration official said, echoing the AAP.
The official said that the administration’s goal is to “to work hand-in-hand with local jurisdictions to make sure to see the best ways to reopen schools in a safe way, and get back to where we would have really preferred to have been in spring, which is to have an active educational component available to the students,” according to Fox News.
Florida has taken a major step in reopening schools. Florida Department of Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran signed an executive order Monday requiring “brick and mortar schools” to reopen this year. School districts are to submit reopening plans, which “must be consistent with safety precautions as defined by the Florida Department of Health, local health officials, and supportive of Floridians, young and adult, with underlying conditions that make them medically vulnerable.”
Education “is critical to the success of the state and to an individual, and extended school closures can impede educational success of students, impact families’ well-being, and limit many parents and guardians from returning to work,” the order stated, stressing that the need for in-person learning goes beyond academics alone.
“Schools provide many services to students that are critical to the well-being of students and families, such as nutrition, socialization, counseling, and extra-curricular activities,” it added.
The crowd booed New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) during his appearance at Thursdays’s vigil for George Floyd, with some hurling expletives, demanding the Democrat politician to “get the f*ck out of here!”
While Rev. Kevin McCall urged the crowd to treat de Blasio with respect, the mayor did not receive an overwhelmingly warm welcome, as the audience inundated his appearance with boos and shouts of “get the fuck out of here,” “fuck the mayor’s curfew,” and “shut the fuck up.” Some reportedly turned their backs to the mayor:
Mayor Bill de Blasio’s speech at the memorial for George Floyd in Brooklyn was met with boos and jeers, despite requests from organizers for the crowd not to do so. pic.twitter.com/3Yr96RiaMj
“For all of us who have not walked a mile in the shoes of the black community or communities of color, for all of us who know white privilege, we need to do more because we don’t even fully recognize the daily pain that the racism in this society causes,” de Blasio said during his remarks.
“We need to do more,” he added. “We will.”
The mayor has been on the receiving end of criticism this week as protests turned to violent riots in his city, resulting in mass looting and vandalism, particularly in midtown Manhattan.
“The NYPD and New York City mayor did not do their job last night,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) said during Tuesday’s daily press briefing following de Blasio rejecting assistance from the state’s National Guard.
“I think the mayor underestimates the scope of the problem and the duration of the problem,” Cuomo remarked. “What happened in NYC was inexcusable.”
NYPD arrested over 700 protesters Monday night. Over 60 NYPD officers have been hospitalized with serious injuries since the onset of city-wide riots.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) on Tuesday called for oversight hearings as early as next week over what he said is President Trump’s “abject failure” at properly implementing coronavirus relief measures.
“This administration has been an abject failure at implementing most of these laws,” Schumer said, outlining his first order of business during a Tuesday appearance on MSNBC’s Morning Joe.
Schumer formally made his demand in a statement on Monday, calling on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Senate Republicans to “immediately begin vigorous and desperately needed oversight of the Trump administration’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its implementation of the CARES Act”:
There must be public Senate hearings, at a minimum, to examine why the United States still does not have adequate testing and why some lenders in the SBA’s Paycheck Protection Program have prioritized the applications of their larger and wealthier clients to the detriment of smaller businesses that have oftentimes suffered greater hardship.
Schumer told Morning Joe that lawmakers should “haul in Dr. Birx, Dr. Fauci, Azar, and say ‘Why isn’t testing working?’”
He is also calling on Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Small Business Administration Administrator Jovita Carranza to testify, particularly regarding Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans going to big businesses.
While Senator McConnell has made it clear that he’s bringing the Senate back to fulfill his “pre-existing partisan wish-list” of protecting big business from any harm done to the American people, he would do well to focus on the actual crisis affecting American lives.
Meanwhile, Democrats are angling to use the next coronavirus relief measure to pursue their long-time agenda to implement universal vote by mail. Schumer, at the same time, has stated his intention of pushing a provision, the “No PR Act,” to prevent President Trump’s signature from appearing on stimulus checks.
“The No PR Act puts an end to the president’s exploitation of taxpayer money for promotional material that only benefits his re-election campaign,” Schumer said.
“Delaying the release of stimulus checks so his signature could be added is a waste of time and money,” he continued, touting the debunked narrative of delays attributed to the addition of the president’s signature.
The Democratic National Committee (DNC) affirmed on Tuesday that the requirements to participate in upcoming Democrat debates will go up — a sign that the DNC will forgo the rule that allowed a candidate to participate in a debate if he or she had a single pledged delegate.
The news coincides with Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) gaining a delegate from American Samoa on Super Tuesday.
“We have two more debates– of course the threshold will go up,” DNC Communications Director Xochitl Hinojosa said on Tuesday.
“By the time we have the March debate, almost 2,000 delegates will be allocated. The threshold will reflect where we are in the race, as it always has,” she added:
We have two more debates– of course the threshold will go up. By the time we have the March debate, almost 2,000 delegates will be allocated. The threshold will reflect where we are in the race, as it always has.
The announcement drew heavy criticism on social media, with several users accusing the DNC of shutting Gabbard out of the race.
“God forbid Tulsi gets back on the debate, right?” one asked.
“Funny how you waited, then, to make this change until *after* Tulsi earned a delegate,” another observed. “I’m not sure which I hate more, the DNC for this continued primary/debate rigging, or the voters who will just be good little sheep and vote for your corrupt party anyway.”
Another called the move “utterly corrupt,” and another mused, “Translation: We have to do everything we can do keep Tulsi off the debate stage.”
Gabbard has battled the Democrat establishment over the course of her presidential bid. She told reporters in January that CNN never gave her an explanation as to why it excluded her from its series of town halls with Democrat candidates — candidates including Deval Patrick, whose performance fell below Gabbard’s in the national polls.
The lawmaker also took aim at Karl Rove and Dana Perino on Tuesday over a Fox News segment featuring former President George W. Bush’s deputy chief of staff suggesting that Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) was the only woman left in the Democrat primary race.
“.@DanaPerino I’m not quite sure why you’re telling FOX viewers that Elizabeth Warren is the last female candidate in the Dem primary,” she said, taking a shot at Warren.
“Is it because you believe a fake indigenous woman of color is ‘real’ and the real indigenous woman of color in this race is fake?” she asked:
.@DanaPerino I'm not quite sure why you're telling FOX viewers that Elizabeth Warren is the last female candidate in the Dem primary. Is it because you believe a fake indigenous woman of color is "real" and the real indigenous woman of color in this race is fake? pic.twitter.com/VKCxy2JzFe
The news follows Saturday’s CNN report, which indicated “major cuts” to NSC staff in the coming days, citing “two sources familiar with the matter.”
It comes days after the contentious impeachment battle on Capitol Hill — a battle ignited by a complaint from a so-called “whistleblower.” The “whistleblower’s” complaint, regarding Trump’s phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, sparked the House Democrats’ partisan impeachment inquiry, which ultimately ended in a full acquittal.
The administration removed Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, a key witness in the Democrats’ impeachment inquiry, from his post at the NSC last week. It also removed his twin brother Yevgeny, who worked as a lawyer on the NSC.
While Vindman has denied knowing the identity of the “whistleblower,” he has been suspected of being a leaker in the past. Some Republican lawmakers, such Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), believe the former NSC official leaked details the president’s July 25 phone call to the “whistleblower.”
First and foremost, Vindman admitted openly during his testimony before HPSCI last year under questioning from ranking GOP member Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) that he leaked the contents of President Trump’s call with Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky to two officials who were not in the White House. Vindman claimed during his testimony then that these two officials he leaked the call to were “cleared U.S. government officials with appropriate need to know.” While Vindman claimed under oath he did not know who the whistleblower was, Schiff intervened saying that answering Nunes’s questions identifying the individuals outside the White House to whom Vindman leaked the Trump-Zelensky call details may out the identity of the whistleblower who filed the original complaint.
The person who filed the complaint has been long been–and was at the time of this hearing–publicly reported to have been CIA official Eric Ciaramella. According to a follow-up report published this week by the outlet that first reported Ciaramella’s identity, RealClearPolitics, Vindman was the person who leaked the call details to Ciaramella.
Vindman’s removal drew a strong reaction from Democrat leaders. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) called his firing “shameful” and a “brazen act of retaliation,” and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) on Monday wrote a letter to 74 inspectors general, requesting an investigation into “any and all instances of retaliation” against whistleblowers, according to the Hill.
“These attacks are part of a dangerous, growing pattern of retaliation against those who report wrongdoing only to find themselves targeted by the President and subject to his wrath and vindictiveness,” Schumer claimed.
The Trump administration has also identified and will remove the senior official who penned an anonymous “resistance” op-ed and book, according to U.S. Attorney Joe diGenova.