Trump aide Stephen Miller: Whistleblower complaint 'drips with condescension, righteous indignation and contempt for the president'

Trump aide Stephen Miller: Whistleblower complaint 'drips with condescension, righteous indignation and contempt for the president'
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White House policy adviser Stephen MillerStephen MillerThe Memo: Drip, drip of revelations damages Trump Trump says acting Homeland Security chief McAleenan will step down Overnight Health Care — Presented by Coalition Against Surprise Medical Billing — Judge blocks Trump 'public charge' rule | Appeals court skeptical of Trump arguments for Medicaid work requirements | CDC offers guidance for treating vaping-related cases MORE sparred with Fox News’s Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceTrump hits Fox News's Chris Wallace over Ukraine coverage White House officials stand by Syria withdrawal, sanctions delay amid bipartisan pushback Sunday shows — Officials rush to Trump's defense on Syria, sanctions MORE on Sunday over a whistleblower complaint against President TrumpDonald John TrumpWHCA calls on Trump to denounce video depicting him shooting media outlets Video of fake Trump shooting members of media shown at his Miami resort: report Trump hits Fox News's Chris Wallace over Ukraine coverage MORE that has led House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiBiden on impeachment: 'I'm the only reason' it's happening Democrats to offer resolution demanding Trump reverse Syria decision Rand Paul calls for probe of Democrats over Ukraine letter MORE (D-Calif.) to announce a formal impeachment inquiry last week, saying Trump was the "real whistleblower."

Miller blasted the complaint, which largely aligns with a White House summary of a call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, as a “little Nancy Drew novel” that “drips with condescension, righteous indignation and contempt for the president.”

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Miller went on to claim the intelligence community’s inspector general (IG) “found evidence of political bias” in the whistleblower. When Wallace countered that the IG had also determined the complaint was “credible and a matter of urgent concern,” Miller responded, “They’re wrong.”

Wallace also repeatedly pressed Miller on why the president had enlisted his personal attorney Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiRand Paul calls for probe of Democrats over Ukraine letter Sunday shows — Officials rush to Trump's defense on Syria, sanctions Cruz: 'Of course' it's not appropriate to ask China to investigate Bidens MORE to get information on former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump hits Fox News's Chris Wallace over Ukraine coverage Schiff: Whistleblower testimony might not be necessary Trump warns Democrats will lose House seats over impeachment MORE’s son's dealings in Ukraine.

“The president has got the State Department. He’s got the CIA. He’s got the Pentagon. He’s got a number of other agencies. Why did he use three private lawyers to get information on Biden?” Wallace asked.

Miller demurred on that question as well as Wallace’s questions about why the White House delayed military aid to Ukraine, citing political corruption, despite the Pentagon certifying steps the nation had taken to address corruption.

Wallace eventually called Miller’s answers an “exercise in obfuscation,” while the White House official shot back, saying there was “a tone of judgment” in Wallace’s questions and accusing the whistleblower of being a “deep state operative.”

"The president of the United States is the whistleblower, and this individual is a saboteur trying to undermine a democratically elected government," Miller said, saying he agreed with Trump's characterization of the whistleblower as "close to a spy."