A new bombshell report by The New York Times revealed on Thursday that there were details from the whistleblower memo that show the White House admitted that Donald Trump committed a criminal act by asking the Ukrainian president to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden during their July 25 phone call.
Fox News was the first to release the memo by the anonymous whistleblower. In that memo released by Fox News, the whistleblower reveals the phone call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
Fox News reported that the memo documents the White House official calling the conversation “crazy” and “frightening.” The memo also said the call was “completely lacking in substance-related to national security.” The whistleblower reportedly wrote that the discussion with the official “only lasted a few minutes, and as a result, I only received highlights” if the Trump-Zelensky conversation.
But the Times report reveals further, even more damning details, which Fox News appears to have omitted — despite suggestions it had access to the full memo. The Times reported that the whistleblower wrote:
The official stated that there was already a conversation underway with White House lawyers about how to handle the discussion because, in the official’s view, the president had clearly committed a criminal act by urging a foreign power to investigate a U.S. person for the purposes of advancing his own re-election bid in 2020.
On Tuesday, CNN published a separate report, not referring to the whistleblower’s memo, that documented widespread fear in the White House about Trump actions after the July 25 call:
In the hours and days after the Ukrainian President signed-off — “Thank you Mr. President, bye-bye” — nervous word spread among national security aides about the contents of the July 25 call, an early show of worry that Trump’s request for an investigation into Joe Biden was far from the “perfect” conversation he now insists transpired.
The scramble and fallout from the call, described by six people familiar with it, parallels and expands upon details described in the whistleblower complaint. The anxiety and internal concern reflect a phone conversation that deeply troubled national security professionals, even as Trump now insists there was nothing wrong with how he conducted himself. And it shows an ultimately unsuccessful effort to contain the tumult by the administration’s lawyers.
At least one National Security Council official alerted the White House’s national security lawyers about the concerns, three sources familiar with the matter said, a detail that had not been previously disclosed. Those same lawyers would later order the transcript of the call moved to a highly classified server typically reserved for code-word classified material.