President Donald Trump on Thursday denied that he was a & # 39; inappropriate & # 39; comment to a foreign leader made in a telephone conversation that formed the basis of a reported whistleblower complaint.
Trump said in tweets that only & # 39; stupid & # 39; people believe the version of the events that appeared in the Washington Post and criticized the complaint for & # 39; harassment & # 39 ;.
& # 39; Another Fake News story – it never ends! Almost every time I call a foreign leader, I understand that many people can listen from different American agencies, not to mention those from the other country itself. No problem! & # 39; he said.
& # 39; Knowing all this, someone is stupid enough to believe that I would say something inappropriate with a foreign leader during such & # 39; n potential & # 39; heavily populated & # 39; call. I would only do what is right and only do good for the US! & # 39;
President Donald Trump on Thursday denied that he was a & # 39; inappropriate & # 39; comment to a foreign leader made in a telephone conversation that formed the basis of a reported whistleblower complaint
US President Donald Trump addresses the press during a visit to the US-Mexico border fence in Otay Mesa, California on Wednesday, hours before the whistleblower policy unveils
One of the newspaper sources said that Trump made a & # 39; promise & # 39; was so serious that it led to submission to the inspector general of the intelligence community.
Two former US officials who were familiar with the case told it Washington Post about the episode.
One of the officials said the promise was made in a telephone conversation. The name of the foreign leader and the topic of the discussion is unknown. It is known that Trump was in contact with more than half a dozen foreign leaders at the time of the August 12 complaint.
Trump was on vacation at the time in his bed minister, N.J. golf club. He spoke with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson that morning and on another occasion in the days before.
Last week California Rep. Adam Schiff, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, acting director of National Intelligence (DNI) Joseph Maguire, wrongly withholding the whistleblower complaint from Congress.
The whistleblower complaint was first filed on August 12 with Intelligence Community Inspector General (ICIG) Michael Atkinson, according to Schiff.
On the morning of the day the complaint was made, Trump spoke to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson by telephone, although it is unclear whether that telephone conversation was the subject of the & # 39; urgent & # 39; whistleblower complaint.
Trump and Johnson discussed & # 39; a wide range of issues, including trade and global security & # 39; during the call, according to a statement from the then White House spokesperson Judd Deere.
On August 26, the ICIG found the complaint & # 39; not only credible, but urgent & # 39; and, according to Schiff, forwarded it to DNI Maguire.
According to federal law, the DNI must file a whistleblower complaint with the intelligence committees of Congress within seven days if this is identified by the ICIG as a & # 39; urgent concern & # 39; is considered to.
Schiff says, however, that Maguire did not forward the complaint to Congress on September 2 as required by law.
Rep. Adam Schiff (left) has accused Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire (right) of wrongfully withholding a whistleblower complaint from Congress
In a letter of September 10 to the office of the director of the national intelligence service, Schiff demanded the document and implied that it was hidden in the direction of the White House to prevent the officials from looking bad.
& # 39; The recent experience of the committee has raised concerns about inappropriate efforts by the White House to influence your office and the intelligence community & # 39 ;, Schiff wrote in the letter of September 10.
But Maguire refused and said the complaint concerned confidential and potentially privileged communication, according to Schiff.
Schiff said that Macguire further argued that the complaint was about someone who did not belong to the intelligence community and that the whistleblower statute was therefore not applicable.
On September 13, Schiff issued a writ of summons demanding a copy of the complaint, with a deadline of September 17.
Maguire refused to respond to the summons, causing Schiff to summon a hearing on the case on Thursday.
Maguire is expected to witness an open session of the House Intelligence Committee before Thursday at 9:00 am, Schiff said.
Schiff says the commission & # 39; will do everything & # 39; to get the complaint.
& # 39; The ICIG has determined that this complaint is both credible and urgent and that it must be passed on to Congress according to the clear letter of the law. The committee attaches the utmost importance to the protection of whistleblowers and their complaints to Congress, "Schiff said in a statement on Wednesday.
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