CATHERINE HERRIDGE (FOX NEWS CHIEF INTELLIGENCE CORRESPONDENT): A closer review of this nine-page whistleblower complaint reveals a number of issues that are not standard. The complaint is unusual because it relies almost exclusively on secondhand information as well as media reports to connect the dots and allege presidential misconduct. It also reveals clues about the whistleblower and suggests an intelligence analyst assigned to a Russia-Ukraine portfolio. It reads, quote, “the information provided herein was relayed to me in the course of official intra-agency business. It is routine for U.S. officials with responsibility for particular regional or functional portfolio to share such information with one another in order to inform policymaking and analysis."
On the allegation of a cover-up and the moving of the transcript of the phone call between the president and the Ukrainian leader to a secret system, two former and one current intelligence official told Fox based on the language in the complaint, the whistleblower appeared to have minimal understanding of these systems and the handling of presidential communications, which are among the most restricted. The acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire told Congress yesterday he believed the whistleblower acted in good faith, but he said that did not equate to proof of presidential misconduct.