Chief Of U.S. Intel To Testify On Whistle-Blower Report

Chief Of U.S. Intel To Testify On Whistle-Blower Report

The whistleblower's complaint, which alleged that President Trump infringed on the law by urging a foreign leader to investigate a political rival, was dated August 12, 2019.

"Did you speak to the president about the complaint?".

President Donald Trump could have been exposed to "serious national security and counterintelligence risks" if he pressured the leader of Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, a political rival, in a call this summer, the intelligence community's inspector general said.

"I believe that everything in this matter here is totally unprecedented", he said.

Investigations into Trump's administration and his campaign's actions during the 2016 presidential election were already underway in six House committees at the beginning of this week.

Maguire said that he could not "divulge privileged conversations that I have as the Director of National Intelligence with the president".

The anonymous whistleblower who made the complaint about Trump's phone call with Ukraine's president did follow proper procedures, as acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire repeated in his testimony on Capitol Hill on Thursday. But as details emerged publicly, senior intelligence officials rallied around a plan to ensure the complaint would be properly released, a former senior US intelligence official said. Maguire released the complaint to Congress and the public this week after weeks of delay.

Though much of the whistleblower's complaint is based on information attributed to unnamed U.S. officials as well as news reports, Atkinson wrote in his analysis that the whistleblower has "official and authorized access to the information and sources referenced" in the complaint. He later announced Joseph Maguire to be named acting director of National Intelligence.

Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., said the way the complaint was handled would have a chilling effect on other federal whistleblowers "if the subject of a complaint can stop a complaint from getting to Congress".

To bolster the claim that all these officials knew Trump had just engaged in a quid pro quo, the whistleblower alleges that senior White House officials broke with normal record-keeping protocols to "lock down" all records of the phone call. There are some big names to talk to, potentially Attorney General William Barr, president's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani.

The inspector general ultimately informed Congress about the existence of the complaint, but not its substance, a decision that Maguire said he supported.

Reporters wait while Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson attends a closed briefing on the handling of a reported whistleblower complaint against the Trump White House in Washington September 19, 2019.

"This is information that the public is entitled to know", he said. Trump said this week the order was part of an effort to combat corruption.

"A whistle-blower with second hand information?" Another Fake News Story!

"Republicans ought not to be rushing to circle the wagons and say there's no "there there" when there's obviously a lot that's very troubling there", said Nebraska Sen. "A continuing Witch Hunt!"

Connecticut's Democratic senators, however, said the unknown whistleblower's complaint is yet more evidence of wrongdoing. 190926161904801 Trump "betrayed his oath of office, our national security and the integrity" of United States elections, Pelosi said. "Because of that we were unable to immediately share the details of the complaint with this committee".

Trump has denied doing anything wrong.

Like Trump and many lawmakers from both sides of the aisle, Murphy took to Twitter to debate the scandal. Additionally, you can expect to see the now unnamed whistle-blower testify before the House Intelligence Committee. "Just sayin", Murphy tweeted on Thursday.

In the past 24 hours after the explosive whistleblower complaint was released to the public in its entirety, Trump has used social media to aggressively defend himself.

"The US officials characterised this meeting, which was not reported publicly at the time, as a "direct follow-up" to the President's call with Mr Zelenskiy."

Himes called the GOP line of questioning "fantabulistic conspiracy theories" that are politically motivated to shield the president.

Questions leading to more questions - and more hearings - as lawmakers continue to follow the facts.

The DNI then has a week to forward the complaint and any additional information to the House and Senate intelligence committees.

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