Inspector General of the Intelligence Community Michael Atkinson acknowledged the indication of possible political bias in his assessment of the complaint, but made it clear that it did not alter his overall conclusion that it seemed plausible.
"Further, although the preliminary IAS review identified some indications of prejudice against a complainant's political bias in favor of a competing political candidate, such evidence did not alter my determination that the complaint was an urgent problem" received by ICIG during a preliminary review, "Atkinson wrote.
Mark Zaid, a caregiver's lawyer, responded to this story on Twitter, saying, "We won't comment on identifying information, but if it's true, give me a break! Seriously? Most ppl are." CNN that he suspects that the Inspector General included the language of "possible prejudice" before dismissing it as "a measure of CYA" since being another party ̵
Despite Atkinson and Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire, they believe they believe the istleblower acted in good faith, Trump and some of his Republican allies sought to defame the person.
Maguire broke with Trump and his Republican supporters last week during an open hearing on Capitol Hill, defending the culprit and the Intelligence Watch Committee, which exposed contacts with Ukraine that could help impeach the president.
"I believe that the culprits and the inspector general acted in good faith all the time. I have every reason to believe that they did everything in the book and complied with the law," Maguire said, testifying before the Chamber's key committee.
But partisan attacks only intensified when Democrats began questioning witnesses named in a complaint released last week along with a rough transcript of a July 25 call by the President of Ukraine to the Ukrainian leader, the White House unveiled.
Despite allegations by Trump and his backers, both the transcript and complaint show the president repeatedly pressed a colleague to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son. There is no evidence of wrongdoing either by Joe or by Biden's hunter.
However, Trump and the Republicans also argued without evidence that the fighter is a partisan actor and tried to undermine the person's credibility through a series of unsubstantiated allegations related to the complaint's handling.
On Thursday, Trump reiterated his criticism of a complaint against supporters, saying that this is a "total fabrication" and repeating his conversation with the President of Ukraine is "absolutely" Ideal. "
On Wednesday, Jeff Mason" Reuters "asked Trump the same questions at the heart of the impeachment storm. What he wanted from the president of Ukraine, if it wasn't, as seen in the transcript of their July 25 phone call, the dirt about him a potential competitor in the 2020 election?
When Mason repeatedly, but respectfully tried to follow suit, Trump cut off: "Ask this gentleman a question. Don't be rude. "
" I answered everything. This is a whole hoax, and you know who is playing the trick? People like you and the fake media we have in this country, "the President added.
But on Thursday, Trump outlined exactly what he wanted – an investigation into a potential political contender by Ukraine and China.
Trump he says he has not yet asked his Chinese counterpart to investigate Joe Biden and his son.
But he said that he would consider that he believed Bidens was engaged in wrongful acts.
"I do not have this, but obviously is what we should start thinking about, "he said when asked if he had raised the matter with China Xi Jinping.
ahari Co. chicken contributed to this report.