Late on Wednesday evening, CNN and The Hill and other news outlets confirmed Republican Congressman Chris Stewart’s claim that the whistleblower report had just been declassified. Apparently it’s partially redacted (make of that what you will), and it won’t be publicly released until Thursday morning. As we wait for it, a Republican insider who’s seen the report says it’s a doozy.
We don’t have anything good to say about conservative pundit Erick Erickson. He’s stated a number of opinions that are completely offensive and objectionable. At the same time, he’s proven that he has sources inside the Republican machine. For instance, he announced that Jeb Bush was dropping out of the 2016 race, just a few hours before Jeb shocked everyone by announcing that he was indeed dropping out.
So when Erickson said on Wednesday night that a “Republican congressional source” with direct knowledge of the whistleblower report has told him that it “paints a clear path to impeachment,” we’re inclined to believe that this is accurate. Notably, the source says that the report is so incriminating, it’ll likely make it easy for House Democrats to win their legal battles over impeachment evidence and testimony.
This would help explain why Republican Senator Ben Sasse read the classified version of the whistleblower report on Wednesday evening and then publicly cautioned his GOP colleagues about defending Donald Trump on the matter. It would also explain the petrified look on GOP Senator Mitt Romney’s face after he read the report and then stepped in front of the television cameras. In any case, it sounds like we’ll see a redacted version of the report on Thursday morning.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report