White House Reacts To Whistleblower's Complaint

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What's in there that we didn't know? Sixty-six percent of Democrats favor impeachment versus just 5% of Republicans.

The new whistleblower report appears to have dramatically shifted the politics of the issue.

Maguire, the acting director of national intelligence, also acknowledged at a public hearing before the House Intelligence Committee that his office consulted with White House counsel after receiving a complaint detailing allegations about Trump's communications with Ukraine, because calls with foreign leaders usually fall under executive privilege.

Earlier this week House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said that the lower chamber will launch a formal impeachment inquiry against Trump.

Another such person said the lawmakers did not learn the identity of the whistleblower.

The complaint is certain to revive questions about the activities of Giuliani, who it says alarmed government officials by circumventing "national security decision making processes".

"In the days following the phone call, I learned from multiple US officials that senior White House officials had intervened to "lock down" all the records of the phone call, especially the official word-for-word transcript of the call that was produced as is customary by the White House situation room", the complaint says.

However, the Trump administration's reason for filing the phone call as highly classified is not so sinister as the whistleblower alleges.

"In the ICIG's judgment, alleged conduct by a senior U.S. public official to seek foreign assistance to interfere in or influence a Federal election. would also potentially expose such a USA public official (or others acting in concert with the United States public official) to serious national security and counterintelligence risks with respect to foreign intelligence services aware of such alleged conduct", Atkinson wrote.

He/she claims officials from the White House were instructed by lawyers to remove the electronic transcript of the phone call from the electronic computer system where such transcripts are customarily kept.

Republicans on the intelligence panel on Thursday defended the president, dismissing the significance of the complaint and the president's phone call to Zelensky.

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But the big new thing in the complaint is an allegation that the White House, in essence, tried to hide evidence of this call. The Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee and California Congressman Adam Schiff pushed back.

They believed that any misstep would prompt Mr. Trump and his allies to attack the intelligence community.

According to statute and precedent, the whistleblower complaint should have been transmitted to the House and Senate Intelligence Committees by the Director of National Intelligence after being elevated by the Inspector General of the Intelligence Community. Himes, 4th District, asked during a high-profile hearing of the House Intelligence Committee on the complaint that Trump pressured the Ukrainian president to investigate former Vice President Joseph Biden and his son, Hunter.

The retired admiral, who previously ran the National Counterterrorism Center, has at times expressed his displeasure with the White House counsel and others that he felt put him in an untenable position - denying material to Congress by relying on a claim that the whistleblower's complaint didn't fall within the jurisdiction of the director of the intelligence community, according to current and former officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter.

The criticism reveals Trump entreated Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to review political rival Joe Biden on a July cellular phone name.

Within the times following the cellular phone name between President Donald Trump and Ukraine's unusual president, senior White Rental officials intervened to "lock down" all records of the option.

The call occurred after Trump had ordered a freeze of almost $400 million in American military aid to Ukraine, which the administration only later released.

Trump has said he's done nothing wrong. But the president's allies on Capitol Hill said the memo completely exonerated him. 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.

Democrats would have to secure 218 votes in the House and a 2/3 vote in the Senate, which would be almost impossible. If a two-thirds super majority of the U.S. Senate votes to convict, the president is removed from office. The U.S. Senate has never voted to remove a president from office.

Burr cautioned reporters, "Do not expect us to proceed at lightspeed". Many Democrats believe it would be politically risky to have an impeachment vote occurring at the same time.

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