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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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 GiulianiRudy Giuliani calls on Cuomo to remove Bill de Blasio Sunday shows preview: States begin to reopen even as some areas in US see case counts increase Moussaoui says he now renounces terrorism, bin Laden MORE to get information on former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenPoll: Majority 'sympathetic' to protesters, disapprove of Trump's response In a year like no other, we'll hold the election of our lifetime The Hill's Morning Report - Protesters' defiance met with calls to listen 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."