Seth Abramson @SethAbramson @Newsweek columnist. Analyses @BBC. NYT bestselling author of Proof of Conspiracy ( Next: Citizen Journalist (Macmillan). Professor. Attorney. Sep. 19, 2019 1 min read

This is the literal definition of misplaced anger 

1/ Mudd admits that it's *absolutely* the job of the intelligence community to listen to presidential communications. He's upset that Trump seems to have done something so illegal or threatening to national security that the intelligence community *also* had to contact Congress.

2/ Unless you're a deep state conspiracy theorist, your upset here is *not* over the fact that the intelligence community might feel compelled to respond to a threat to national security, but that the President of the United States acted in such a way that *forced* them to do so.

3/ As MSNBC implies, there are 2 whistleblowers here. The first is an intel official, the second the Intelligence Community Inspector General (ICIG), who informed Congress that Trump's Director of National Intelligence was illegally withholding documents. 

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