Former CIA analyst Fred Fleitz said Thursday that the whistleblower complaint against President Donald Trump was a "grievous violation of trust between the intelligence community and the White House" and questioned whether the individual went to Congress before approaching intelligence officials.
"It is therefore important that Congress find out where this complaint came from," Fleitz, who also worked at the Defense Intelligence Agency and the State Department, said in one of eight Twitter posts.
"What did House and Senate Intelligence committee Democratic members and staff know about it and when?" he asked. "Did they help orchestrate this complaint?"
Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire testified Thursday before the House Intelligence Committee on the whistleblower's complaint that he released to congressional committees on Wednesday.
Maguire released a redacted unclassified version of the whistleblower's complaint shortly before his testimony.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Tuesday that six committees would investigate President Trump for impeachment regarding his July 25 telephone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and whether he suggested a probe of former Vice President Joe Biden.
The redacted complaint said that Trump administration officials tried to "lock down" all records of the call, though the whistleblower learned of the action from "multiple U.S. officials."
Fleitz is also a Newsmax contributor who is president and CEO of the Center for Security Policy. He also served the on the House Intelligence staff and as chief of staff and executive secretary of the National Security Council in the Trump administration.
In this Twitter thread, Fleitz began by saying that he has "edited transcripts of POTUS phone calls with foreign leaders" and that "this is not an intelligence matter.
"It is a policy matter and a complaint about differences over policy," Fleitz said, arguing that "presidential phone calls are not an intelligence concern," and, therefore not within the purview of intelligence officials.
However, the "rules restricting access and knowledge of these sensitive calls was breached," Fleitz said. The whistleblower "was not on this call," was not approved to receive information about the communication — and "should not have been briefed on the call."
Further, "the way this complaint was written," Fleitz explained, "suggested the author had a lot of help."
Though his House experience, "many whistleblowers go directly to the Intelligence oversight committees," Fleitz said.
"Did this whistleblower first meet with House Intelligence Committee members?"
Fleitz said the complaint was "too convenient and too perfect to come from a typical whistleblower.
"Were other intelligence community officers involved?" he asked. "Were outside groups opposed to the president involved?"
Fleitz surmised that intelligence officials "appear to be politicizing presidential phone calls with foreign officials" and that the "grievous violation of trust" could lead to the White House banning intelligence agencies from "all access to POTUS phone calls with foreign officials."
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