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A Breakdown of Trump’s Attempts at Damage Control Over Whistleblower Complaint

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Since news broke Friday of a whistleblower complaint over President Trump asking Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate corruption allegations against his political rival, Trump has mounted the best defense: a strong offense.

Despite admitting to withholding aid to Ukraine, and also admitting, days later, to asking Zelensky to investigate the Bidens, Trump has maintained that he holds the high ground. From this self-determined position, the president has lobbed numerous theories to preempt the complaint’s potentially damning contents.

On Friday, Trump tweeted his first public response to the complaint, claiming that the whistleblower—who is likely someone in the United States intelligence community, but remains anonymous—is “highly partisan.”

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