The acting director of national intelligence, Joseph Maguire, has refused to turn over a whistle blower’s report about allegations against President Trump. The report allegedly sounds the alarm about Trump’s negotiations with Ukraine.
As IJR previously reported, Trump’s top 2020 opponent Joe Biden has been accused of strongarming a Ukrainian prosecutor who was allegedly investigating his son, Hunter Biden. The whistle blower’s report claims that Trump has been withholding military aid from Ukraine unless they open an investigation into Biden’s dealing while he served under President Barack Obama.
If this is true, it means that Trump is using his position to force a foreign country to hand over dirt on a political rival, a move that Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) claimed is an impeachable offense.
But, none of these points have been proven and a lot of details are still unclear because Maguire has yet to turn over the report.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said he has until Thursday to turn over the report. He is also expected to testify before the House Intelligence Committee on that same day.
Castro, however, sides with Schiff in arguing that the alleged pressure put on Ukraine by Trump is an impeachable offense. He told NPR that he believes if the information demanded by Pelosi is not turned over on Thursday, then the party should start the presidential impeachment process on Friday.
“So far, we don’t know what Mr. Maguire’s response is going to be,” said Castro, later adding, “[Pelosi] gave them a deadline of Thursday. If he’s not forthcoming, I think we should start impeachment on Friday before we leave town.”
Castro is the twin brother of former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro, who is running in the Democratic presidential primary for a chance to take on President Trump in the general election.