Whistle-Blower Complaint Against Trump Involves ‘Multiple Acts,’ IG Says
The complaint lodged against President Donald Trump by an unnamed whistle-blower in the intelligence community involves a series of actions beyond the single phone call previously reported, according to The New York Times.
In a closed-door meeting with lawmakers, Michael Atkinson, the inspector general for American spy agencies, said multiple acts by the president are covered in the complaint, though he shared no specific details, those familiar with the discussion told The Times.
Previous reports indicated the complaint dealt with a phone call Trump had with a foreign leader during which some type of promise was made, though it remains unclear which world leader was involved.
Atkinson reviewed the complaint and deemed it worthy of investigation, saying it was credible and of “urgent” concern to national security.
But acting director of national intelligence, Joseph Maguire, has refused to turn the complaint over to Congress, despite the legal requirement to do so.
“I don’t think this is a problem of the law,” Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) said after the briefing with Atkinson. “I think the law is written very clearly. I think the law is just fine. The problem lies elsewhere. And we’re determined to do everything we can to determine what this urgent concern is, to make sure that the national security is protected and to make sure that this whistle-blower is protected.”
Schiff indicated it is possible that the House’s general counsel could take the issue to court and sue for access to the complaint.
For his part, Trump has denied any wrongdoing, calling the whistle-blower complaint and coverage of the matter “fake news.”
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“....Knowing all of this, is anybody dumb enough to believe that I would say something inappropriate with a foreign leader while on such a potentially “heavily populated” call. I would only do what is right anyway, and only do good for the USA!”
However, Schiff noted on Wednesday that the inspector general of the intelligence community “determined that this complaint is both credible and urgent, and that it should be transmitted to Congress under the clear letter of the law.”