Acting DNI threatened to resign if prevented from testifying freely before congress

Acting DNI threatened to resign if prevented from testifying freely before congress

The move was in part created to force the White House to make an explicit legal decision on whether it was going to assert executive privilege over the whistleblower complaint, which centers on a call that Trump made with the leader of Ukraine in late July.

House Democratic leaders are calling President Donald Trump's conversation with the Ukraine president a "shake down" of a foreign leader for his own reelection campaign. Democrats allege Trump's intentions were to somehow sway the 2020 election. The White House released a rough transcript of that call Wednesday, showing that Trump prodded Zelenskiy to work with the USA attorney general and lawyer Rudy Giuliani to investigate Democratic political rival Joe Biden.

"Biden went around bragging that he stopped the prosecution so if you can look into it". I think you're surrounding yourself with some of the same people.

Trump has promised to release the "complete, fully declassified and unredacted transcript" of the Zelensky call, and called the impeachment inquiry a case of "Witch Hunt garbage".

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi cited the whistleblower's complaint in her announcement of formal impeachment proceedings Tuesday.

Democrats have said the release of the transcript does not answer all their questions or end their inquiry, which was launched Tuesday.

Barr attends attends an event the Robert F. Kennedy Main Justice Building
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Many Trump administration officials and allies of the President have refused to answer questions before congressional committees.

Two members of the House Intelligence Committee - California Rep. Devin Nunes, the top Republican on the panel, and Democratic Rep. Joaquin Castro of Texas - said on the House floor that they would be able to view the complaint Wednesday afternoon.

The Democrats, for their part, accuse Trump of ordering the freeze of some $400 million in military assistance to Ukraine in the days before the Zelensky call, with the White House denying the claims.

The connection to Mr Barr marks a potentially serious issue for Mr Trump, because it suggests he took steps to involve the US Government with a foreign country to investigate a political rival.

However, Ukraine denies that Trump pressured their president. Barr, a Trump appointee, first found out about the conversation several weeks after it took place, Kupec said.

Maguire, the Post reports, "warned the White House that he was not willing to withhold information from Congress" about the whistleblower complaint, and he was essentially "serving notice that he meant to cooperate with lawmakers unless the White House moved forward with a legal case to prevent him from doing so".

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