Report: Trump Made Troubling Promise To Ukraine's President
This promise is currently subject to a whistleblower complaint that reportedly involves the President of the United States.
Michael Atkinson, the inspector general of the U.S. intelligence community found the complaint both credible and "urgent" upon review. The inspector general, as per law, forwarded the complaint to Joseph Maguire, the Director of National Intelligence. Maguire was supposed to transmit the complaint to Congress, however, the Trump White House blocked this transmission by asserting executive privilege, saying as a matter of law the complaint cannot be given to Congress.
Adam Schiff, the Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee is reportedly mulling a legal action to force Maguire to forward the whistleblower complaint to Congress.
A whistleblower complaint about President Trump made by an intelligence official centers on Ukraine, according to two people familiar with the matter, which has set off a struggle between Congress and the executive branch.
The complaint involved communications with a foreign leader and a “promise” that Trump made, which was so alarming that a U.S. intelligence official who had worked at the White House went to the inspector general of the intelligence community, two former U.S. officials said.
Two and a half weeks before the complaint was filed, Trump spoke with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, a comedian and political newcomer who was elected in a landslide in May.
That call is already under investigation by House Democrats who are examining whether Trump and his attorney Rudolph W. Giuliani sought to manipulate the Ukrainian government into helping Trump’s reelection campaign. Lawmakers have demanded a full transcript and a list of participants on the call.