Published: Wed, September 25, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Lawmakers, staff to view whistleblower complaint

Lawmakers, staff to view whistleblower complaint

For a few days after the first reports surfaced that President Trump had tried to use USA aid to strong-arm the Ukrainian president into investigating former Vice President Joseph R. Biden and his son Hunter, the administration had said it would neither turn over the whistleblower's complaint to the Director of National Intelligence nor cooperate with any probe.

The committee made the letter public on Wednesday.

The intelligence community inspector general last week suggested that the whistleblower complaint that triggered the Ukraine-Trump drama, raised concerns about multiple actions, sources told CNN. The person who filed the complaint did not have firsthand knowledge of the call, according to a person familiar with the matter.

A whistleblower's complaint about President Donald Trump's communications with Ukraine will be delivered Wednesday afternoon to Capitol Hill for lawmakers to review, Sen. The whistleblower's identity has not been publicly disclosed.

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House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, House Oversight and Reform Chairman Elijah Cummings and House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel wrote White House Counsel Pat Cipollone and threatened an "escalated" fight if documents aren't turned over by Thursday.

Democrats in the House of Representatives accused Trump and Giuliani of trying to coerce Ukraine, in exchange for military assistance, into conducting a "politically motivated" investigation into Hunter Biden, a move they said would represent a "staggering abuse of power".

Some of his longtime critics blamed Mick Mulvaney, the acting White House chief of staff, for not acting more forcefully.

His comments come as House Democrats in Washington appear to be moving closer to launching impeachment proceedings after Trump pressured Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son. "We await the release of the complaint in its totality", Andrew Bakaj, an attorney representing the whistleblower said in a statement on Tuesday evening.

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"We applaud the decision to release the whistleblower complaint as it establishes that, ultimately, the lawful whistleblower disclosure process can work".

This is what we know about the affair launched by a complaint from a mysterious whistle-blower in the USA intelligence community.

In a sharply worded statement, Maguire pushed back on an assertion by Pelosi that he had acted illegally by withholding the whistleblower complaint from Congress.

The chairman of the House intelligence committee says a whistleblower who has been blocked by the Trump administration would like to speak to Congress.

Maguire also appeared to defend the whistleblower, saying that all members of the country's intelligence agencies "have a solemn responsibility to do what is right, which includes reporting wrongdoing". The announcement came after a Democratic caucus meeting Tuesday afternoon.

Henry also said the official had told him that there would be no "smoking gun" in the transcript of Trump's conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky - even though there would be "at least a few words" in it that would cause unspecified problems for the White House. This Ukraine incident, on the other hand... They had said he was not legally permitted to share the information.

The news comes just hours after Pelosi announced the start of an "official impeachment inquiry".

Trump on Tuesday said calls for his impeachment were "ridiculous".

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