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Schiff Says Whistleblower Wants To Speak With Congress, And Could Do So This Week

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House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff said Tuesday that the whistleblower who filed a complaint against President Donald Trump wants to meet with Congress, and could do so as early as this week.

Schiff announced on Twitter that the whistleblower’s lawyers have requested guidance from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence about meeting with lawmakers. Joseph Maguire, the acting director of national intelligence, is scheduled to meet Thursday with the House Intelligence Committee.

Schiff issued the announcement moments after Trump said that he authorized the declassification and release of a transcript of a July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky that is said to be at the center of the whistleblower complaint.

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The whistleblower filed the complaint on Aug. 12, reportedly regarding Trump’s actions towards Ukraine. The Wall Street Journal reported Friday that Trump urged Zelensky on the phone call to meet with his lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, to discuss information on Joe Biden and his son, Hunter.

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Giuliani has claimed that Joe Biden intervened as vice president to shut down an investigation into a Ukrainian gas company that paid Hunter Biden $50,000 a month as a board member.

Trump acknowledged Monday that he raised the Biden issue with Zelensky, but claimed he did so out of concerns about corruption in Ukraine.

The Washington Post added new details Monday night with a report that around a week before the call with Zelensky, Trump directed acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney to withhold nearly $400 million in military aid to Ukraine.

On Tuesday, Trump denied withholding the funds in order to pressure Ukraine. He said that he instead blocked the funding over concerns that other European countries were not contributing their fair share of aid to Ukraine.

He also disputed that he pressured Zelensky to act with regard to Biden. He said that the July 25 phone call was “perfect” and “friendly.”

Little is known about the whistleblower, other than that they were reportedly an intelligence official who worked in the White House. CNN and Fox News have reported that the whistleblower did not have direct knowledge of the phone call, though it is possible that they saw a transcript of the Trump-Zelensky chat.

Schiff became involved in the whistleblower saga after Maguire, a Trump appointee, blocked Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson from providing the complaint to Congress. Atkinson told Schiff earlier this month that he found the complaint credible and “urgent,” which required him by law to share the document with the House and Senate Intelligence Committees. But Maguire blocked giving the complaint to Congress, saying that it involved privileged communications and did not involve an “urgent” matter.

A lawyer for the whistleblower did not respond to a request for comment about Schiff’s announcement.

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3 comments

  1. KYN….I could understand how this might make you wonder. However, at the bottom it states that it was from “The Daily Caller” and not original content of CDN.

    Rather than a ‘hit’ piece, it appears to give a step by step accounting what has already been established of this ridiculous claim by Democrats.

    I’m just glad you’re paying attention. We need more too. This is going to be an ugly time until elections and we have to e on our toes…trust and verify, even with ‘our own.’ Keep on ‘keeping us honest’ And remember we can learn from those that differ if we share the same goal.

  2. Hold on, this was written by a CDN reporter? Sounds more like CNN in this paragraph: “Giuliani has claimed that Joe Biden intervened as vice president to shut down an investigation into a Ukrainian gas company that paid Hunter Biden $50,000 a month as a board member.”

    Not only does Guliani make this clain, BIDEN makes this claim and has bragged about doing it. Come on CDN, stop playing the MSNBC game!

  3. That should be fun for the GOP! All the “whistle blower’s” ties to operatives within the DNC, soros, clintons, etc….what a hoot! Odds are he or she will not be testifying anytime soon. This is just more grandstanding by the Commie-Socialist Progressive Demo☭rat Party’s RESIST! movement….idiots all and We The People are sick to death of this behavior. VOTE ‘EM ALL OUT!

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