Trump communication with foreign leader prompted whistleblower complaint

Trump communication with foreign leader prompted whistleblower complaint

Trump communication with foreign leader prompted whistleblower complaint

Trump's interaction with the foreign leader included a "promise" that was regarded as so troubling that it prompted an intelligence official to file a formal whistleblower complaint with the inspector general for the intelligence community, two former US officials familiar with the matter told the Washington Post.

The Post, which cited two former officials familiar with the matter, said it was not immediately clear which foreign leader Trump was speaking with or what he pledged to deliver.

Last week, Rep. Adam Schiff, the Democrat chair of the House Intelligence Committee, accused acting Director of National Intelligence (DNI) Joseph Maguire of improperly withholding the whistleblower complaint from Congress.

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The subject of the whistleblower complaint, which was made on August 12 to Intelligence Community Inspector General (ICIG) Michael Atkinson, has not been made public.

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House of Representatives Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, a Democrat, has sought to compel USA intelligence officials to disclose the full details of the whistleblower complaint to Congress.

Schiff said last week that Maguire is required to share the complaint with Congress and said the attempt to hold it back "raises serious concerns about whether White House, Department of Justice or other executive branch officials are trying to prevent a legitimate whistleblower complaint from reaching its intended recipient, the Congress, in order to cover up serious misconduct".

But Maguire refused, saying that the complaint involves confidential and potentially privileged communications, according to Schiff.

Maguire will testify publicly about the whistleblower complaint on September 26, and the committee will also hear from the intelligence community's inspector general on Thursday in a closed-door hearing, Schiff announced.

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