The whistleblower who lodged a complaint with the intelligence community inspector general about communications between President Donald Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky did not have "direct knowledge" about the communications — but filed a complaint anyway.
The new revelation was buried deep in a CNN report detailing the fallout over the alleged July 25 phone call between Trump and Zelensky. Trump has allegedly asked Zelensky multiple times to help Rudy Giuliani investigate Hunter Biden, the son of Joe Biden.
According to CNN, the whistleblower complaint was filed on nothing more than hearsay:
The whistleblower didn't have direct knowledge of the communications, an official briefed on the matter told CNN. Instead, the whistleblower's concerns came in part from learning information that was not obtained during the course of their work, and those details have played a role in the administration's determination that the complaint didn't fit the reporting requirements under the intelligence whistleblower law, the official said.
The revelation unravels the whistleblower scandal that enveloped the president this week after the Washington Post reported, "Trump's communications with foreign leader are part of whistleblower complaint that spurred standoff between spy chief and Congress, former officials say."
According to the Post, Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson determined the complaint to be of "urgent concern," which meant it needed to be shared with congressional investigators.
However, acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire disagreed and declined to hand it over, presumably because it was based on unconfirmed rumor.
On Saturday, Ukranian Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko defended Trump.
"I know what the conversation was about and I think there was no pressure," he told media, Fox News reported. "There was talk, conversations are different, leaders have the right to discuss any problems that exist. This conversation was long, friendly, and it touched on many questions, sometimes requiring serious answers."