REVEALED: Congress is now determined to gain access to Trump & # 39; s calls with Putin in the wake of the Ukrainian whistleblower scandal
- Congress is investigating a whistleblower complaint that said Trump was requesting a political favor from the President of Ukraine that could help him be re-elected
- Now Congress is determined to access Donald Trump's calls with Russian President Vladimir Putin and other world leaders
- The chairman of the US House Intelligence Committee raised concerns that the Republican President could have endangered national security
- The whistleblower complaint said that White House lawyers ordered a transcript of a call to be moved to a secret server reserved for secret cases
The Congress is determined to gain access to Donald Trump's calls with Russian President Vladimir Putin and other world leaders, said the US House Intelligence Committee chairman on Sunday, citing concerns that the Republican President is endangering national security. can bring.
& # 39; I think the greatest need here is to protect the national security of the United States and see if the president, in conversations with other world leaders and especially with Putin, also undermined our security in a way he thought that it would benefit him personally campaign, & said Democrat Adam Schiff on NBC & # 39; s Meet the Press.
Congress is investigating a whistleblower complaint that said Trump was requesting a political favor from the Ukrainian president to help him be re-elected for a second term next year. Democrats say that Trump's actions have endangered national security and the integrity of the US election.
The Congress is determined to gain access to Donald Trump's calls with Russian President Vladimir Putin
The whistleblower's complaint cited a telephone conversation in which Trump asked President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to investigate former vice-president Joe Biden, a leader among democrats who wanted to challenge Trump in 2020, and his son Hunter. Hunter Biden was on the board of a Ukrainian gas company.
The phone call on July 25 came shortly after the United States had frozen nearly $ 400 million in aid to Ukraine, giving cause for concern that Trump was using Congress-approved taxpayers' money as leverage for his personal political gain.
The complaint said that White House lawyers pointed out that an electronic summary of the call should be moved from the place where such things are usually kept to a secret server that is reserved for secret cases.
& # 39; If those conversations with Putin or with other world leaders are stored in the same electronic file intended for covert action, not meant for this, if there is an attempt to hide and hide them, yes we are determined to find out to come, & Schiff said on NBC.
Schiff did not say whether he intended to call up that information. The White House did not respond to a request for comment on Schiff's statement that he wanted access to the call summaries. & # 39;
The Ukrainian scandal cast a shadow over Trump's presidency just months after the conclusion of the investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller as to whether the Trump campaign worked with Russia to help him win the 2016 presidential election.
That investigation concluded that Moscow was conducting a social media and propaganda campaign to place Trump in the White House. The Mueller report, issued in April, made numerous contacts between Russian officials and the Trump campaign, but found no evidence of a criminal conspiracy.
The Ukraine case prompted Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to open an investigation into allegations against Trump on Tuesday.
Polls show an increase in support for Trump & # 39; s accusation last week, and Democrats say they think voters are turning their way. Republican leaders maintaining the investigation will backfire.
Trump says there was nothing wrong with his phone call to the Ukrainian leader and condemned the whistleblower as a & # 39; political hack & # 39 ;.
White House Advisor Stephen Miller took over the attack on Sunday and accused the whistleblower of being part of a & # 39; deep state & # 39; government conspiracy to stimulate opposition to Trump.
& # 39; I know the difference between a whistleblower and a & # 39; deep state & # 39; agent. This is a & # 39; deep state & # 39; operative pure and simple, & # 39; he said to & # 39; Fox News Sunday & # 39 ;.
Trump's Republican supporters in Congress defended the President's actions in Sunday's TV news programs. & # 39; I have zero problems with this call, & # 39; said Senator Lindsey Graham on CBS & # 39; & # 39; Face the Nation. & # 39;
The whistleblower's complaint was considered credible by the Inspector General of the American Intelligence Community and the Acting Director of the National Intelligence Service told the legislator that the person & # 39; in good faith & # 39; has acted and & # 39; has done the right & # 39 ;.
The intelligence committee has reached agreement with the whistleblower to appear before the panel, Schiff told ABC & # 39; s & # 39; This Week & # 39 ;. Schiff said he hoped it would happen soon.
Lawmakers worked out logistics to protect the identity of the person and obtain security clearance for lawyers representing the whistleblower. A person close to the whistleblower said on Sunday that many problems still needed to be solved.
House commissions issued a summons to State Secretary Mike Pompeo on Friday for documents concerning contact with the Ukrainian government. They have also planned deposits for five officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Schiff said that the personal attorney of Trump, former mayor of New York, Rudy Giuliani, seemed to lay the foundation for Trump's appeal to Zelenskiy through his efforts to encourage the Ukrainian authorities to investigate the Biden family.
Schiff told ABC that his committee would decide whether Giuliani would testify after the investigation has worked out details of his involvement.
Giuliani said on Sunday that he would testify with Trump & # 39; s approval.
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