I don't know if it was even Trump who said anything.
I don't know what the whistleblower heard.
I don't know what country is involved.
I don't know what foreign official is involved.
I don't know what the Inspector General investigated.
I don't know what the Inspector general found.
I think I know a lot about each of these things -- but I don't actually know for absolute certain.
What I do know -- in fact the only thing that I do know for absolute certain -- is that the Trump White House is going to incredible, unprecedented lengths to circumvent a law designed to protect the U.S. and is trying to ensure that whatever the whistleblower heard and whatever the Inspector General investigated and determined was "credible" and of "urgent concern"...is blocked and not heard.
I would suggest that to a totally independent, objective observer that would not come across as seeming like a good thing for the White House.
I would also suggest that if what the whistleblower heard was not credible and not of urgent concern and was just a big -- oh, gosh, what was the phrase? -- "nothing burger" that Trump and the White House would have absolutely no problem letting the story be made public.
And conversely, I would suggest that if what the whistleblower heard was totally credible and indeed of the most urgent concern, then Trump -- indeed any president -- would demand the story be made public for the security of the country, that whole "to preserve, protect and defend the United States" oath thing. Unless, of course, well...it was about someone he wanted to preserve, protect and defend even more than the United States.
Finally, I would suggest that there is only one person who Trump ever wants and has ever wanted to preserve, protect and defend. Period. And that includes if it came down to Don Jr., Eric, Jared, Melania, Tiffany, Baron and even Ivanka -- or himself. The truck would roll over them so fast you wouldn't be able to get the license plate.
So -- what actually happened? I don't know. But I suspect we all do.
And with Rudy Giuliani just admitting on CNN last night about his efforts with the Ukraine in his crash-and-burn "YOU CAN'T HANDLE THE TRUTH!!!" moment, I suspect one more thing -- that this will all come tumbling out like a breached dam and end up just as badly for thems trying to hide it as it did for Jack Nicholson's Colonel Jessup.