After a published report claimed that Ukraine's answering machine was professionally linked to a named 2020 presidential campaign, Beto O & # 39; Rourke said that the political slope of the unknown official should not affect the impeachment investigation into President Trump.
O & # 39; Rourke appeared on "MSNBC Live with Hallie Jackson" on Wednesday and was asked if he had any knowledge of who the leaker was, or if they were in any way tied to his campaign for president.
"No, not that I" I am aware of. [I] does not know the identity of the whistle and really knows what you have reported and what I have read in the newspapers, "replied O & # 39; Rourke." But I truly believe that whatever political bias he or she may have is immaterial to that accusation which has been leveled against the president.
"One that has been confirmed by … [intelligence community] the inspector general, confirmed in the reconstructed transcript that has been released, a transcript originally placed on an NSC [National Security Council] server to prevent it from being distributed." [1
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The Washington Reviewer reported Tuesday that the intelligence inspector General Inspector Michael Atkinson also linked the whistle to a whistleblower. told lawmakers that the whistle is a registered Democrat.
More from Media  "& # 39; IG said [the whistleblower] worked or had some type of professional relationship with one of the Democratic candidates," said a person with knowledge of what was being said, "the article claimed.  "" What [Atkinson] said was that the whistleblower himself revealed that he was a registered Democrat and that he had a previous working relationship with a current Democratic presidential candidate in 2020, "said a third person with knowledge of what was being said," the story continued.
All three sources claimed that Atkinson did not identify the candidate to whom the whistle was connected.
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O & # 39; Rourke told MSNBC that Congress cannot get sidetracked and must continue to hold Trump accountable for further investigation of a second whistle a.
"I want to make sure we keep our focus on the crimes that have been committed and the need to hold the president accountable," he said. "The fact that there now appears to be a second whistle, and as you know, there is no limit in the whistleblower statute from other whistleblowers to come forward. But I think there is sufficient evidence to … continue with the impeachment and ensure that Congress and through them their voters can reach a conclusion about the president's crime. "