Trump’s communications with foreign leader are part of whistleblower complaint that spurred standoff between spy chief and Congress, former officials say
The president’s interaction with the foreign leader included a “promise” that prompted an intelligence official to file a formal whistleblower complaint, the officials said.
© Doug Mills/The New York Times The whistle-blower complaint says that White House officials believed they had witnessed President Trump abuse his power for political gain.
The whistle - blower complaint says that White House officials believed they had witnessed President Trump abuse his power for political gain.Credit Doug Mills/The New York Times.
Key Takeaways From the Whistle - Blower Complaint on Trump. The whistle - blower said the interference included “pressuring a foreign country to investigate one of the president’s main domestic political rivals” -- former Vice President Joe Biden.
Correction: September 26, 2019
This article has been revised to reflect the following correction:
An earlier version of this article referred incorrectly to the title of Joseph Maguire. He is the acting director of national intelligence, not the director of national intelligence. An earlier version also misspelled the surname of the White House counsel. He is Pat A. Cipollone, not Cippolone.
WASHINGTON — The House Intelligence Committee on Thursday released a declassified version of a whistle-blower complaint about President Trump’s effort to press the leader of Ukraine to launch an investigation into former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., a leading contender for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.
Whistle-Blower’s Complaint Is Released
Whistle-Blower’s Complaint Is ReleasedAttorney General William P. Barr and the president’s personal attorney Rudolph W. Giuliani were central to the effort, the complaint said.
The whistleblower complaint that helped fuel a historic impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump was made public (minus a few redactions) on Thursday, just before a high-stakes You can see the redacted complaint for yourself here, or read on for some key takeaways .
A few key takeaways from the complaint and the hearing: IT’s about far more than just that call. The complaint discusses a July 25 The complaint says that in the days after the July 25 phone call , the whistleblower learned that senior White House officials had intervened to “lock
It also released a letter from the intelligence community’s inspector general that investigated the complaint and found that it was credible and raised an urgent concern. These files, and the Trump administration’s efforts to block Congress and the public from seeing them, have led to heightened calls among Democrats to impeach Mr. Trump.
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Here are takeaways from the newly disclosed files.
1. White House officials believed they had witnessed Trump abuse his power for personal political gain.
The White House officials who told me this information were deeply disturbed by what had transpired in the phone call. They told me that there was already a “discussion ongoing” with White House lawyers about how to treat the call because of the likelihood, in the officials’ retelling, that they had witnessed the President abuse his office for personal gain.
Whistleblower Complaint Alleges Effort to 'Lock Down' Ukraine Call Records
President Trump sought to use the powers of his office to coerce Ukraine to investigate a political rival, and White House officials acted to conceal evidence of the president’s actions, a newly released whistleblower complaint alleges. The whistleblower’s complaint, released Thursday, concerns a July phone call between Mr. Trump and President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine. The controversy has become the biggest political danger to Mr. Trump’s presidency as it rallied House Democrats this week to launch impeachment proceedings.“In the course of my official duties, I have received information from multiple U.S.
A whistleblower complaint about President Donald Trump's dealings with the new president of Ukraine lays out concerns about multiple actions taken by the Trump White House and its allies that suggest the president was using his A few key takeaways from the complaint and the hearing
Key takeaways from The Associated Press’ exclusive story on a former top engineer at Ethiopian Airlines who filed a whistleblower complaint that the carrier went into maintenance records on a Boeing 737 Max jet a day after it crashed this year: — Yonas Yeshanew said in his complaint filed
In a July 25 phone call with the Ukrainian president, Mr. Trump brought up American aid to that country — without explicitly mentioning that he had just frozen a military aid package of hundreds of millions of dollars — and then pressed the Ukrainian leader to investigate Mr. Biden. After that call, multiple White House officials told the whistle-blower that they were concerned that Mr. Trump was abusing the power of the presidency “to solicit interference from a foreign country in the 2020 U.S. election.”
2. White House lawyers tried to hide the reconstructed call transcript — and had done so before.
In the days following the phone call, I learned from multiple U.S. officials that senior White House officials had intervened to “lock down” all 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. This set of actions underscored to me that White House officials understood the gravity of what had transpired in the call.
Whistleblower painstakingly gathered material and almost single-handedly set impeachment in motion
Trump said the whistleblower is “almost a spy.” Others said, “He’ll be remembered as a truth-seeker.”The whistleblower’s identity remains obscured, the details of his work for the CIA cloaked in secrecy. But the document he delivered reveals almost as much about the investigative mission he carried out in stealth as it does about the alleged abuses of power by the president.
NBC News NOW highlights all the important details from the whistleblower complaint at the center of the impeachment inquiry of President Trump.
Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire testified on Capitol Hill about the whistleblower complaint over President Trump's phone call with
The whistle-blower writes that White House lawyers “directed” White House officials to remove records of the July 25 call from the system where such documents are normally stored and place it instead in a system for storing highly classified information, like files related to covert actions, even though it did not meet the criteria, in order to limit the number of officials who could see it. A White House official told the whistle-blower that it was an “abuse” of that system to instead use it to hide politically sensitive information.
Donald Trump: Life in pictures [Photos]
Here's a look at the journey of Donald Trump, from being a real-estate mogul to becoming the 45th President of the U.S.
Born on June 14, 1946, in New York City, New York, U.S., to real estate developer Frederick Trump and Mary MacLeod, Trump graduated in 1968 from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in economics. He was eligible for the draft lottery during the Vietnam War, but a combination of student and medical deferments disqualified him from service.
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A new NPR / Marist poll has support for impeachment at 49 per cent, with 46 per cent against, after Speaker Nancy Pelosi got behind the effort.On a day a whistle-blower's bombshell complaint charging President Trump with abuse of power was declassified, Americans backed impeachment by 49 to 46 per cent, according to an NPR / Marist poll.
Early in his career, Trump invested $70,000 in a Broadway comedy – “Paris Is Out” – which remains his only producer credit for theatricals to date; the play was a flop. His real estate career began when he joined his father’s company, Elizabeth Trump & Son, full time after graduating in 1968.
By 1971, he moved to Manhattan and was handling some of the largest and most profitable building projects in the city. He was given full control of the company later that year.
The future U.S. president spent the '70s networking and making connections with some of New York’s most influential people. Focused on maximizing profits, he involved himself in large-scale building projects in Manhattan and, by 1980, reopened the Commodore Hotel as the Grand Hyatt Hotel. He also secured the Fifth Avenue site that would go on to house Trump Tower.
In 1977, Trump married Ivana Zelníčková, a Czech model. Born on Feb. 20, 1949, Zelníčková was briefly considered for Czechoslovakia’s skiing team at the 1972 Winter Olympics. The couple had two sons – Donald Jr. and Eric, as well as a daughter, Ivanka.
How a Shadow Foreign Policy in Ukraine Prompted an Impeachment Inquiry
Petro O. Poroshenko was still the president of Ukraine earlier this year when his team sought a lifeline. Over several weeks in March, the office of Ukraine’s top prosecutor moved ahead on two investigations of intense interest to Mr. Trump. One was focused on an oligarch — previously cleared of wrongdoing by the same prosecutor — whose company employed former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s son. The other dealt with the release by a separate Ukrainian law enforcement agency to the media of information that hurt Mr. Trump’s 2016 campaign.
Trump Tower – an apartment-retail complex designed by Der Scutt - was opened in 1983 and generated considerable national attention. The 58-story structure features a grand atrium, a 60-foot-high (18.3 meters) waterfall, luxurious apartments and retail stores.
Looking to profit off the growing casino market, Trump acquired and rebuilt the Taj Mahal (pictured), a hotel and casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S., for a rumored $1.2 billion. It was relaunched as the Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort in 1990.
In May 2017, Trump reportedly sold the hotel, which he earlier labeled the "eighth wonder of the world," for $50 million.
He continued to buy new business ventures and diversify his holdings, acquiring Eastern Air Lines Shuttle for $365 million in 1989 and renaming it Trump Shuttle. Three years later, his dream of an uber-expensive airline service ran out of cash and defaulted on its debt.
Following the real estate slump of the late 1980s and early '90s, Trump’s empire took a hit and sustained itself almost wholly on loans. His own valuation of the company was $1.5 billion; Forbes’ valued it at only a third of that figure.
In 1991, Trump divorced Ivana and, two years later, married American actress Marla Maples. The marriage lasted for four years before Trump filed for divorce in 1997. The divorce was finalized in 1999 and Maples received $2 million under the prenuptial agreement. Together, they have a daughter, Tiffany.
Republicans Now Say It’s OK to Enlist Foreign Help in an Election
The senators responsible for protecting national security and the rule of law assert, in the case of Ukraine, that collusion is fine.Two years ago, in the early days of the Russia investigation, many Republican senators said collusion with a foreign government to influence an American election would be a betrayal of the United States. They didn’t believe Donald Trump had solicited campaign help from Russia. But they agreed that if he had, it was illegal and perhaps impeachable.
Trump’s first serious stab at entering politics was in October 1999, when he formed an exploratory committee to decide on seeking the Reform Party’s candidacy for the 2000 U.S. presidential election.
The businessman, who claimed he could achieve universal healthcare and eliminate national debt as president, named popular talk show host and media magnate Oprah Winfrey as his ideal running mate. His campaign never went beyond this phase – he failed to gain support for his bid.
Between 2004 and 2015, Trump hosted and starred in the NBC reality TV series “The Apprentice” (2004-15; pictured), a show on which three of his children – Ivanka, Donald Jr. and Eric – also made appearances.
In 2005, Trump married Slovenian model-turned-jewelry designer Melania Knauss, with whom he has a son, Barron William.
In 2012, Trump considered entering politics yet again – another run for president. However, his reputation took a hit after he associated himself with the “Birther” movement – a group that believed then-U.S. President Barack Obama wasn’t born in the country.
(Pictured) With Obama during Trump's presidential inauguration in January 2017.
On June 16, 2015, Trump announced a run for the Republican ticket for the 2016 presidential election. One of the more controversial candidates in recent times, he dominated media coverage with outrageous comments about fellow candidates and contentious immigration policies.
On May 26, 2016, Trump received the support of 1,238 delegates and secured the Republican Party’s nomination for the next presidential race. He beat U.S. Senators Ted Cruz (Texas), Marco Rubio (Florida) and Ohio Governor John Kasich, among others, and was confirmed as the Republican Party nominee on July 19, 2016.
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Trump faced Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in three debates: on Sept. 26, Oct. 9 and Oct. 20, 2016, as part of the build-up to the election on Nov. 8, 2016.
On Nov. 9, 2016, Trump defeated Clinton to become the 45th U.S. President. In a close battle, the 70-year-old candidate won more than the required number of Electoral College votes but lost the popular vote.
Trump’s presidential inauguration was on Jan. 20, 2017, and, in his first week as U.S. president, he signed six Executive Orders, including the reinforcement of border security and the planning of a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.
In March 2017, Trump signed Executive Order 13780, titled Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States, which limited travel into the U.S. from certain countries. It also limited the inflow of refugees without valid travel documents.
In September that year, he signed Presidential Proclamation 9645, which expanded on the previous order. It restricted travel from Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela and Yemen.
In December, the Supreme Court allowed the ban to go into full effect, pending legal challenges.
On April 10, 2018, travel restrictions of Chad were removed after it met minimum baseline standards.
Rejecting the scientific consensus on climate change and asserting that the Paris Agreement would do very little to ease global warming, Trump announced the withdrawal of the U.S. from the climate accords in June 2017, making his nation the only one in the world to not ratify the agreement.
In December, he signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, which reduced personal tax brackets, increased child tax credit and cut corporate tax rate to 21 percent, among other reforms.
In the same month, he also signed Space Policy Directive 1, which marked a change in the nation's space policy. It would now allow an U.S.-led integrated program with partners from the private sector, ensuring another human landing on the Moon, followed by missions to Mars and beyond.
In January 2018, Trump delivered his first State of the Union Address, where he called on all politicians to "summon the unity" necessary to fix the country's infrastructure and flawed immigration systems.
During his time as a running presidential candidate, Trump said he intended to roll back the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which allowed people who illegally entered or stayed in the U.S. as minors to receive a renewable period of deferred action from deportation (for two years) and also be eligible for a work permit.
In September 2017, the Trump administration announced DACA would be repealed after six months, which led to nationwide protests.
In January 2018, after a number of flip-flops on the decision, the White House finally agreed to release a "legislative framework" outlining a compromise on DACA, provided a considerable amount (around $30 billion) is appropriated for the border wall between United States and Mexico.
Trump’s foreign policies have grabbed eyeballs (and controversy) across the world. These include working on relations with Cuba and the violence-marred shifting of the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.
However, none of these have quite transfixed the world as the North Korea crisis. In July 2017, under the supervision of its leader Kim Jong Un, North Korea tested two intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs). The following month, Trump warned Kim that further provocations would be met with “fire and fury like the world has never seen.”
The leaders met in June 2018, easing the hostilities after an escalation of rhetoric from both sides and signed a document promising the "complete denuclearization" of the Korean peninsula. They met for the second time in February 2019 in Vietnam and in a brief statement, Trump said: "Your country has tremendous economic potential – unbelievable, unlimited – and I think that you will have a tremendous future with your country, a great leader. I look forward to watching it happen and helping it to happen – and we will help it to happen.”
In December 2018, Trump told Democrat leaders during a televised altercation that he would be "proud" to shut down the government if he didn't receive roughly $5 billion for a border wall with Mexico. Later that month, a short-term spending bill was cleared by the Senate that would fund the government in the early 2019. It was sent to the House for approval but due to the lack of votes in passing the spending bill, a partial shutdown of the government came into effect on Dec. 22 and lasted 35 days – making it the longest government shutdown in American history.
In order to avert the shutdown, the House and Senate voted to approve a spending deal that would provide $1.3 billion for border security measures, far short of what Trump demanded.
In late January 2019, Trump signed a bill to end the shutdown without securing money for proposed border wall. In a statement, he said: “If we don’t get a fair deal from Congress, the government will either shut down on February 15 again, or I will use the power afforded to me under the laws and the constitution of the United States to address this emergency. We will have great security.”
In February 2019, Trump declared a national emergency to access money to build his long-sought border wall, but a federal judge in California blocked him from building sections of the wall with the money secured under the national emergency declaration.
(Pictured) Trump shakes hands with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi while joined by Vice President Mike Pence before delivering the State of the Union address on Feb. 5, 2019.
Trump's 2016 presidential campaign came under scrutiny over claims of Russian interference to boost his candidacy. In 2017, Robert Mueller was appointed as a special counsel to investigate if Trump's team/associates conspired with Russia to sway the presidential elections. This inquiry has been described by Trump as a "witch hunt" and an "illegal take-down that failed." In March 2019, it was announced via a letter delivered to the Congress that the investigations led by Mueller did not find Trump or any of his aides had colluded with Russia. “While this report does not conclude that the president committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him,” the letter from U.S. Attorney General William Barr read.
On June 18, 2019, the president kicked off the Trump 2020 campaign by unveiling his slogan. Addressing a rally at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida, he stated: "'Make America Great Again' was the best political slogan in history, but it's time for a change. We've made America great again, but how do you give up the number one call it theme, logo, statement, in the history of politics for a new one? You know there is a new one that really works, and that's called 'Keep America Great.' Right? 'Keep America Great.'"
And in an appendix to the complaint, the whistle-blower wrote that White House officials had said this was “not the first time” that a presidential transcript had been treated in that way, “solely for the purpose of protecting politically sensitive — rather than national security sensitive — information.”
The complaint does not name the White House lawyers. But they would certainly either work for or include the top attorney there — Mr. Trump’s White House counsel, Pat A. Cipollone.
3. The State Department saw Giuliani’s rogue outreach to Ukraine for Trump as a threat to national security.
Starting in mid-May, I heard from multiple U.S. officials that they were deeply concerned by what they viewed as Mr. Giuliani’s circumvention of national security decisionmaking processes to engage with Ukrainian officials and relay messages back and forth between Kyiv and the President. These officials also told me: that State Department officials, including Ambassadors Volker and Sondland, had spoken with Mr. Giuliani in an attempt to “contain the damage” to U.S. national security; ...
The whistle-blower recounts the struggles by the senior United States diplomats to deal with the confusion created by the president dispatching his personal lawyer, Rudolph W. Giuliani, to pressure Ukrainian officials to develop dirt against the Bidens, both in the run-up to the July 25 call and its aftermath. Multiple officials said that Ukrainian leadership was led to believe that any meeting or phone call between Mr. Trump and Ukraine’s new president would depend on whether the latter was willing to “play ball” on Mr. Giuliani’s demands.
4. Trump’s push for investigations coincided with a “sudden change of policy with respect to U.S. assistance for Ukraine.”
I learned from U.S. officials that, on or around 14 May, the President instructed Vice President Pence to cancel his planned travel to Ukraine to attend President Zelenskyy’ s inauguration on 20 May; Secretary of Energy Rick Perry led the delegation instead. According to these officials, it was also “made clear” to them that the President did not want to meet with Mr. Zelenskyy until he saw how Zelenskyy “chose to act” in office.
In Pictures: Donald Trump's most outrageous quotes [Microsoft GES]
On media bias
"If President Obama made the deals that I have made, both at the Border and for the Economy, the Corrupt Media would be hailing them as Incredible, & a National Holiday would be immediately declared. With me, despite our record setting Economy and all that I have done, no credit!"
Tweeted this statement on June 9, 2019.
On Nancy Pelosi
"I think [Pelosi is] a disgrace. I actually don't think she's a talented person. I've tried to be nice to her because I would have liked to have gotten some deals done. She's incapable of doing deals. She's a nasty, vindictive, horrible person."
Speaking about the speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives during an interview when he visited Normandy, France, to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion, on June 6, 2019.
On border confrontation with Mexico
"Mexico’s Soldiers recently pulled guns on our National Guard Soldiers, probably as a diversionary tactic for drug smugglers on the Border. Better not happen again! We are now sending ARMED SOLDIERS to the Border. Mexico is not doing nearly enough in apprehending & returning!"
Tweeted on April 24, 2019, reportedly referring to a Newsweek story on border confrontation between Mexican troops and two American soldiers, who the former thought to be illegal trespassers.
On Maxine Waters
"I said it the other day, yes, she is a low-IQ individual, Maxine Waters. I said it the other day. I mean, honestly, she's somewhere in the mid-60s, I believe that."
Questioning the intelligence of the politician during a rally in Montana, U.S., on July 5, 2018. In an October 2017 interview with CNN, Waters had remarked, "I don't think this President should be representing our country...he creates controversy, he cannot get along with our members of Congress, and I'm going to continue my efforts to impeach him."
On Elizabeth Warren
"We will take that little kit and say, but we have to do it gently. Because we're in the '#MeToo' generation so I have to be very gentle. And we will very gently take that kit and we will slowly toss it, hoping it doesn't hit her and injure her arm even though it only weighs probably two ounces. And we will say, I will give you a million dollars to your favorite charity, paid for by Trump, if you take the test so that it shows you're an Indian."
Mocking the #MeToo movement and talking of tossing an ancestry test to the Massachusetts senator while answering questions about her claims of Native-American heritage, during the rally in Montana on July 5, 2018.
On Robert De Niro
“Robert De Niro, a very Low IQ individual, has received to[o] many shots to the head by real boxers in movies. I watched him last night and truly believe he may be "punch-drunk." I guess he doesn’t realize the economy is the best it’s ever been with employment being at an all time high, and many companies pouring back into our country. Wake up Punchy!”
In a tweet in response to De Niro’s use of the F-word and disapproval of the Trump administration at the Tony Awards held on June 11, 2018.
On trade practices around the world
"I congratulate the leaders of other countries for so crazily being able to make these trade deals that were so good for their country and so bad for the United States."
At a press conference during the Group of 7 summit in Québec, Canada, in June 2018.
“We have people coming in to the country, or trying to come in. You wouldn't believe how bad these people are, these aren't people, these are animals and we're taking them out of the country.”
During a charged discussion about law enforcement and the border wall on May 16, 2018.
On other countries
“You do have some countries that are in very bad shape and very tough places to live in.”
During Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari's visit to the White House on April 30, 2018.
On US laws
"We have the worst laws."
During an event to talk about his tax-cut plans in West Virginia, U.S., on April 5, 2018.
On Haiti and other African nations
“Why are we having all these people from s******e countries come here?”
In January 2018, Trump exploded during a discussion in the White House over an immigration deal meant to include protection for people from Haiti and some African nations.
On global warming
"In the East, it could be the COLDEST New Year’s Eve on record. Perhaps we could use a little bit of that good old Global Warming that our Country, but not other countries, was going to pay TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS to protect against. Bundle up!"
Trump tweeted this statement on Dec. 28, 2017, after the U.S. East Coast was hit by a cold wave.
On Hillary Clinton
"Crooked Hillary Clinton is the worst (and biggest) loser of all time. She just can’t stop, which is so good for the Republican Party. Hillary, get on with your life and give it another try in three years!"
On Nov. 18, 2017, he took to Twitter to hit out at Clinton.
On Kim Jong Un
"Why would Kim Jong Un insult me by calling me 'old,' when I would NEVER call him 'short and fat?' Oh well, I try so hard to be his friend - and maybe someday that will happen!"
On Nov. 11, 2017, Trump tweeted a reply to North Korea's insults that described him as a "destroyer."
On meeting Hurricane Harvey victims and survivors
"What a crowd, what a turnout."
While addressing the victims and survivors of Hurricane Harvey during his trip to Texas, U.S., to survey the damage, on Aug. 29, 2017.
On transgender military ban
"After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow...Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military. Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming...victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail. Thank you."
On July 26, 2017, Trump posted a series of tweets on the transgender military ban.
On James Comey
“Despite so many false statements and lies, total and complete vindication...and WOW, Comey is a leaker!”
“I believe the James Comey leaks will be far more prevalent than anyone ever thought possible. Totally illegal? Very 'cowardly!'”
First on June 9, 2017, and then on June 11, Trump took aim at the former FBI Director after his Senate testimony on June 8. Comey revealed he believed he was fired because of the FBI’s Russia investigation. He also said he took extensive memos during his meetings with Trump because he was afraid Trump would lie about the meetings. Comey then asked a friend to give these memos to the press.
On the London Bridge attacks
“Do you notice we are not having a gun debate right now? That's because they used knives and a truck!”
After the attacks (pictured) where suspects mowed people with a van and then stabbed others, Trump tweeted on June 4, 2017, asking why the administration was not discussing gun control.
On being treated 'unfairly'
“Look at the way I have been treated lately, especially by the media. No politician in history—and I say this with great surety—has been treated worse or more unfairly.”
During a commencement speech at the Coast Guard Academy on May 17, 2017. People were quick to point towards American presidents like Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy, who were assassinated in office, or dissenters in dictatorial regimes who were imprisoned or sent to labor camps.
On the presidency being difficult
"I loved my previous life. I had so many things going. This is more work than in my previous life. I thought it would be easier."
During an interview with Reuters on April 27, 2017, about his first 100 days in office.
On 'truth and falsehood'
"But I inherited a mess, I inherited a mess in so many ways. I inherited a mess in the Middle East, and a mess with North Korea, I inherited a mess with jobs, despite the statistics, you know, my statistics are even better, but they are not the real statistics because you have millions of people that can’t get a job, ok. And I inherited a mess on trade. I mean we have many, you can go up and down the ladder. But that’s the story. Hey look, in the mean time, I guess, I can’t be doing so badly, because I’m president, and you’re not. You know. Say hello to everybody OK?"
During an interview with TIME Washington Bureau Chief Michael Scherer on March 22, 2017, for the magazine's cover story about how Trump has dealt with “truth and falsehoods in his career.”
On repealing Obamacare
“I never said I was going to repeal and replace in the first 64 days.”
Discussing the Affordable Care Act on a call with the Washington Post's Robert Costa, on March 24, 2017.
On Feb. 10, 2017, he tweeted: "We will immediately repeal and replace ObamaCare - and nobody can do that like me. We will save $'s and have much better healthcare!"
On alleged wiretapping by the Obama administration
"Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my "wires tapped" in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!"
"Is it legal for a sitting President to be "wire tapping" a race for president prior to an election? Turned down by court earlier. A NEW LOW!"
"I'd bet a good lawyer could make a great case out of the fact that President Obama was tapping my phones in October, just prior to Election!"
"How low has President Obama gone to tapp [sic] my phones during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!"
In a series of four tweets, sent in the early hours of March 4, 2017, Trump accused Obama of wiretapping him in the run-up to the presidential election.
“You look at what’s happening last night in Sweden. Sweden, who would believe this?”
Trump’s comments at a rally in Florida on Feb. 18, 2017, raised eyebrows, since there were no terrorist attacks in the Scandinavian country; there were such instances in Germany and France, two countries he named soon after.
The president later took to Twitter to clarify his words: “My statement as to what's happening in Sweden was in reference to a story that was broadcast on @FoxNews concerning immigrants & Sweden."
On unfavorable news
"Any negative polls are fake news, just like the CNN, ABC, NBC polls in the election. Sorry, people want border security and extreme vetting."
A tweet sent on Feb. 6, 2017, after polls showed a lack of support for his anti-immigration moves.
On Iran's missile test
"Iran is playing with fire - they don't appreciate how 'kind' President Obama was to them. Not me!"
A tweet on Feb. 3, 2017, sent as part of a diplomatic standoff regarding Iran's ballistic missile test. Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted back, "Iran unmoved by threats as we derive security from our people. Will never initiate war, but we can only rely on our own means of defence."
On protests after his inauguration
"Watched protests yesterday but was under the impression that we just had an election! Why didn't these people vote? Celebs hurt cause badly."
Tweeted on Jan. 22, 2017, following a massive turnout for the Women's March on Washington that was held a day after his inauguration.
On 'dishonest media'
"As you know, I have a running war with the media. They are among the most dishonest human beings on Earth. They sort of made it sound like I had a 'feud' with the intelligence community. Nonsense, it is exactly the opposite, and they understand that too."
Addressing the press at the CIA headquarters in McLean, Virginia, U.S., on Jan. 21, 2017.
“I’m not going to give you a question. I’m not going to give you a question. You are fake news!”
In a Jan. 11, 2017, press conference, the then president-elect refused to take questions from CNN's Jim Acosta (pictured, R), labeling his channel "fake news."
On inauguration excitement
“There will be plenty of movie and entertainment stars. All the dress shops are sold out in Washington. It’s hard to find a great dress for this inauguration.”
Trump spoke to The New York Times on Jan. 9, 2017, about the excitement his approaching inauguration was generating among the American people.
On Meryl Streep's Golden Globe speech
"Meryl Streep, one of the most over-rated actresses in Hollywood, doesn't know me but attacked last night at the Golden Globes. She is a Hillary flunky who lost big. For the 100th time, I never 'mocked' a disabled reporter (would never do that) but simply showed him "groveling" when he totally changed a 16 year old story that he had written in order to make me look bad. Just more very dishonest media!"
A tweet sent on Jan. 9, 2017, in response to Streep’s Golden Globe Awards speech. The award-winning actress spoke out against the 2015 mocking of a disabled reporter without naming anyone.
On friends and enemies
“Happy New Year to all, including to my many enemies and those who have fought me and lost so badly they just don’t know what to do. Love!”
The then president-elect's 2016 New Year's Eve tweet.
On Clinton's possible 'jail' sentence
“If I win, I am going to instruct my attorney general to get a special prosecutor to look into your situation. Because there has never been so many lies.”
A reference to the email controversy surrounding Clinton, made during the second presidential debate on Oct. 9, 2016. When Clinton responded it was good Trump wasn't in charge of the law, he retorted, “Because you’d be in jail.”
On Clinton's tax plans during a presidential debate
“Such a nasty woman.”
During the final presidential debate, held on Oct. 19, 2016, Trump interrupted Clinton with this comment while she was speaking about Trump avoiding tax payments.
On 'locker room' talk
“This was locker room banter, a private conversation that took place many years ago. Bill Clinton has said far worse to me on the golf course – not even close. I apologize if anyone was offended.”
An Oct. 7, 2016 statement, in response to a 2005 video released by The Washington Post, in which the U.S. president was seen making objectionable comments about women during a conversation with talk show host Billy Bush.
(Pictured) In this 2005 video capture, Trump prepares for an appearance on the TV show "Days of Our Lives" with actress Arianne Zucker and "Access Hollywood" host Billy Bush.
On rigged elections
“The election is absolutely being rigged by the dishonest and distorted media pushing Crooked Hillary — but also at many polling places — SAD.”
A tweet sent on Oct. 16, 2016.
“Of course there is large scale voter fraud happening on and before election day. Why do Republican leaders deny what is going on? So naive!”
A tweet on Oct. 17, accusing the Republicans of ignoring the “fraud.”
On Trump Building during 9/11 attacks
"40 Wall Street actually was the second-tallest building in downtown Manhattan, and it was actually, before the World Trade Center, was the tallest—and then, when they built the World Trade Center, it became known as the second-tallest. And now it’s the tallest.”
Trump’s response to a question about potential damage to 40, Wall Street, his building, which is located a few blocks from the World Trade Towers site that was attacked in September 2001. He was being interviewed by a radio station on the afternoon of the day of the attack.
On rebutting sexual assault claims
“I didn't even apologize to my wife who is sitting right here because I didn't do anything. I didn't know any of these women. I didn't see these women ... It was all lies and it was fiction.”
His response at the Oct. 19, 2016, debate where he said the sexual assault allegation against him brought on by nine women had been started by the Clinton campaign and were false. He called the women fame-seekers. However, in a Fox News interview, Melania Trump revealed that her husband was indeed sorry and they had agreed to move on.
On Hillary Clinton and ISIS
“See, you’re telling the enemy everything you want to do. No wonder you’ve been fighting – no wonder you’ve been fighting ISIS your entire adult life.”
Trump commented that Clinton told ISIS about her plans to fight them by mentioning it on her campaign website during the first presidential debate on Sept. 26, 2016.
On DNC hack
“I don’t think anybody knows it was Russia that broke into the DNC. She’s (Clinton) saying Russia, Russia, Russia, but I don’t — maybe it was ... it could be Russia, but it could also be China … It also could be somebody sitting on their bed that weighs 400 pounds, OK?”
The U.S. government and other Democrats had been accusing Russia of stealing more than 19,000 emails from the Democratic Party’s computers. Trump responded to a question about the hack and cyber security at the Sept. 26, 2016, debate.
On Putin's leadership
"If he says great things about me, I'm gonna say great things about him. I've already said he is really very much of a leader. I mean, the man has very strong control over a country. And that's a very different system and I don't happen to like the system. But certainly in that system he's been a leader, far more than our president has been a leader."
In the campaign season’s first showdown in NBC's "Commander in Chief Forum" on Sept. 7, 2016, Trump was asked how he felt on being complimented by Russian President and former KGB officer Vladimir Putin (pictured).
On his popularity
"I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose any voters."
Commenting on his enthusiastic supporters, Trump said the above in Sioux Center, Iowa, U.S., on Jan. 24, 2016.
On banning Muslims
"Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country's representatives can figure out what is going on."
The above statement was released on his campaign site on Dec. 7, 2015. It was later removed.
On Ronda Rousey's defeat
"Glad to see that @RondaRousey lost her championship fight last night. Was soundly beaten - not a nice person!"
Taking on MMA fighter Ronda Rousey (L) after her historic defeat to Holly Holm (R), Trump tweeted the above on Nov. 15, 2015. This might have been something to do with Rousey's suggestion that she'd vote for Democrat hopeful Bernie Sanders.
On shutting down mosques
"Well I would hate to do it but it's something you're going to have to strongly consider...some of the absolute hatred is coming from these areas...the hatred is incredible. It's embedded. The hatred is beyond belief. The hatred is greater than anybody understands."
Reacting to the terrorist attacks in Paris by the Islamic State on Nov. 13, 2015, Trump suggested during an interview that he would consider shutting down mosques in the U.S.
On 'defending' the burqa
"You don't have to put on makeup. Look at how beautiful everyone looks. Wouldn't it be easier?" He waved his hand over his face as though it were a burqa and stated, "I’m ready darling, let’s go."
This was Trump trying to defend a burqa during a campaign event in Atkinson, New Hampshire, U.S., on Oct. 28, 2015.
On refugee crisis
“They could be ISIS. They are all men and they are all strong...If I win, they’re going back.”
On Sept. 30, 2015, during his speech at a campaign rally in Keene, New Hampshire, he said that he would send home all Syrian refugees seeking asylum in the U.S.
On Carly Fiorina's face
"Look at that face! Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president? I mean, she's a woman, and I'm not supposed to say bad things, but really, folks, come on. Are we serious?"
Trump said to a reporter of the Rolling Stone magazine in September 2015 as fellow Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina appeared on TV during an interview.
On war heroes
"He's not a war hero. He's a war hero because he was captured. I like people that weren't captured, okay? I hate to tell you."
Trump commented this on U.S. Senator John McCain on July 18, 2015, at the Family Leadership Summit in Iowa.
On the infamous 'wall'
"I will build a great wall – and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me – and I’ll build them very inexpensively. I will build a great, great wall on our southern border, and I will make Mexico pay for that wall. Mark my words."
In his Presidential Campaign Announcement Speech on June 16, 2016, Trump proposed to build a wall between the U.S. and Mexico.
On beating China
"Our country is in serious trouble. We don't have victories anymore. We used to have victories, but we don't have them. When was the last time anybody saw us beating, let's say China in a trade deal? I beat China all the time. All the time."
He made the emphatic statement during his June 16 speech.
On not topping Time magazine list
"I told you @TIME Magazine would never pick me as person of the year despite being the big favorite. They picked person who is ruining Germany."
Trump tweeted the above in reaction to German Chancellor Angela Merkel being named as Time magazine's Person of the Year 2015. Trump finished third on the list.
"Stop the EBOLA patients from entering the U.S. Treat them, at the highest level, over there. THE UNITED STATES HAS ENOUGH PROBLEMS!"
In August 2014, a pair of U.S. health workers, physician Kent Brantly and nurse Nancy Writebol, got infected by the Ebola virus while helping at the affected areas in West Africa. They were brought back to U.S. for the treatment, when Trump reached out to twitteratti against it with the above post.
On vaccination vs Autism debate
"Healthy young child goes to doctor, gets pumped with massive shot of many vaccines, doesn't feel good and changes - AUTISM. Many such cases!"
He tweeted the above on March 28, 2014. On Sept. 3 he tweeted on the issue again, saying, "I am being proven right about massive vaccinations--the doctors lied. Save our children & their future. No more massive injections. Tiny children are not horses--one vaccine at a time, over time."
On being a genius
"Sorry losers and haters, but my IQ is one of the highest—and you all know it! Please don’t feel so stupid or insecure, it’s not your fault."
On May 8, 2013, Trump tweeted this to his followers.
On climate change
"The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive."
This was his take on global warming, as he tweeted on Nov. 7, 2012. He continued in another tweet, "It’s freezing and snowing in New York—we need global warming!"
On Obama playing basketball
"Why is Obama playing basketball today? That is why our country is in trouble!"
On the day of the 2012 U.S. Presidential elections, Trump flooded Twitter with a trail of posts, including the above.
On Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart's break-up
"Robert Pattinson should not take back Kristen Stewart. She cheated on him like a dog & will do it again--just watch. He can do much better!"
When "Twilight" stars Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart separated, Trump flooded Twitter with seven back-to-back tweets on Oct. 18, 2017. One of his tweets read the above.
On the 'birther' conspiracy
"An 'extremely credible source' has called my office and told me that @BarackObama's birth certificate is a fraud."
In August 2012, he published a tweet questioning the then-President Barack Obama's birth certificate. For a very long time he was one of the leading proponent of the 'birther movement' that promoted the false notion that Obama was born outside of the U.S.
On Obama's birth certificate
"He may have one but there's something on that, maybe religion, maybe it says he is a Muslim. I don't know. Maybe he doesn't want that. Or he may not have one. I will tell you this: if he wasn't born in this country, it's one of the great scams of all time."
Continuing with his stance on the 'birther' issue, he said the above during an interview on March 30, 2011.
"Democrats want anarchy, they really do, and they don't know who they're playing with, folks."
During a rally in support of Republican senate nominee Matt Rosendale in Montana, U.S., on July 5, 2018.
On being rich
"Part of the beauty of me is that I am very rich."
During an interview with ABC’s "Good Morning America" on March 17, 2011, Trump said he may run as an independent in the general election if he fails to win the nomination and that he was prepared to toss in $600 million of his own cash to fund a campaign.
On his sexual dynamic with women
"All the women on 'The Apprentice' flirted with me... consciously or unconsciously. That’s to be expected. A sexual dynamic is always present between people, unless you are asexual."
He wrote the above in his 2004 book "Trump: How to Get Rich."
This is one of two manifestations of pressure on Ukraine by the Trump administration in advance of the July 25 call. The whistle-blower cautioned that he or she did not know for certain whether this action was connected with the broader understanding that Mr. Trump wanted Mr. Zelensky to “play ball” on Mr. Giuliani’s demands. The whistle-blower recounted the episode in a partly redacted appendix along with a discussion of Mr. Trump’s blocking of the military aid package Congress appropriated to help Ukraine defend itself from Russian aggression:
On 18 July, an Office of Management and Budget (OMB) official informed Departments and Agencies that the President “earlier that month” had issued instructions to suspend all U.S. security assistance to Ukraine. Neither OMB nor the NSC staff knew why this instruction had been issued. During interagency meetings on 23 July and 26 July, OMB officials again stated explicitly that the instruction to suspend this assistance had come directly from the President, but they still were unaware of a policy rationale. As of early August, I heard from U.S. officials that some Ukrainian officials were aware that U.S. aid might be in jeopardy, but I do not know how or when they learned of it.
The appearance that Mr. Trump was using foreign policy as leverage to pressure Ukraine into producing dirt on a political rival is at the heart of the calls to impeach him.
5. A widely criticized Ukrainian prosecutor piqued Trump’s and Giuliani’s interest by floating allegations to The Hill — but then backtracked.
In several public comments, Mr. Lutsenko also stated that he wished to communicate directly with Attorney General Barr on these matters. The allegations by Mr. Lutsenko came on the eve of the first round of Ukraine’s presidential election on 31 March. By that time, Mr. Lutsenko’s political patron, President Poroshenko, was trailing Mr. Zelenskyy in the polls and appeared likely to be defeated. Mr. Zelenskyy had made known his desire to replace Mr. Lutsenko as Prosecutor General. On 21 April, Mr. Poroshenko lost the runoff to Mr. Zelenskyy by a landslide.
The whistle-blower traces Mr. Trump’s July 25 call back to claims put forward by a former top Ukrainian prosecutor, Yuriy Lutsenko, and his allies to a conservative opinion contributor for The Hill, John Solomon, in the spring of 2019. Mr. Solomon is known for writing investigative-style pieces that foster a narrative that Mr. Trump’s enemies are up to nefarious misdeeds, which are often then amplified by the Fox News host Sean Hannity.
In a video interview and several articles, Mr. Solomon floated a number of claims by Mr. Lutsenko, including that Ukrainian officials had illegally colluded with Democrats to interfere in the 2016 presidential election to help Hillary Clinton, purportedly by leaking financial records that prompted the resignation of Mr. Trump’s campaign chairman, Paul Manafort. Mr. Solomon also amplified Mr. Lutsenko’s assertion that the Obama-appointed ambassador to Ukraine, a longtime career diplomat, had given Mr. Lutsenko a “do not prosecute list.” A third claim that Mr. Solomon put forth was Mr. Lutsenko’s allegation that Mr. Biden had pushed to fire a previous top Ukrainian prosecutor, Victor Shokin, in order to quash a purported criminal investigation into a Ukrainian company on whose board his son Hunter Biden sat.
In fact, the Obama administration, Western supporters of Ukraine and anti-corruption activists all wanted Mr. Shokin out because he was widely seen as an obstacle to reform and refused to bring corruption cases. The State Department called Mr. Lutsenko’s claim about a do-not-prosecute list “an outright fabrication,” and in May Mr. Lutsenko walked back his allegations about the Bidens, stating that there was no evidence they had done anything wrong.
Mr. Lutsenko, who succeeded Mr. Shokin, was initially seen as a better prosecutor, but his image tarnished over time. The whistle-blower complaint noted that, “Mr. Lutsenko has no legal training and has been widely criticized in Ukraine for politicizing criminal probes and using his tenure as Prosecutor General to protect corrupt Ukrainian officials.” But Mr. Trump and Mr. Giuliani remained intent on investigating what he had told Mr. Solomon. The State Department has since recalled the ambassador, and in the July 25 phone call, Mr. Trump was apparently referring to Mr. Lutsenko when he told the Ukrainian president that, “I heard you had a prosecutor who was very good and he was shut down and that’s really unfair.”
On Thursday, Mr. Solomon defended his work, tweeting, “I stand by my stories 100 percent.”
6. The whistle-blower raised concerns about Barr’s involvement.
In the course of my official duties, I have received information from multiple U.S. Government officials that the President of the United States is using the power of his office to solicit interference from a foreign country in the 2020 U.S. election. This interference includes, among other things, pressuring a foreign country to investigate one of the President’s main domestic political rivals. The President’s personal lawyer, Mr. Rudolph Giuliani, is a central figure in this effort. Attorney General Barr appears to be involved as well.
In the complaint, the whistle-blower said he had heard from other officials that Mr. Trump, in his July 25 call, urged the Ukrainian president to work with Attorney General William P. Barr in investigating the Bidens.
This was accurate, according to a reconstructed transcript of the call made public on Wednesday; among other things, it says that Mr. Trump told the Ukrainian president, “There’s a lot of talk about Biden’s son, that Biden stopped the prosecution and a lot of people want to find out about that so whatever you can do with the Attorney General would be great. Biden went around bragging that he stopped the prosecution so if you can look into it...”
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Cape Town, South Africa
Prince Harry and Meghan, Duke and Duchess of Sussex, along with their baby son Archie Mountbatten-Windsor meet Archbishop Desmond Tutu and his daughter Thandeka Tutu-Gxashe at the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation during their royal tour, on Sept. 25.
Los Angeles, California, US
Phoebe Waller-Bridge poses at the 71st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on Sept. 22. She won two Emmys in the Leading Actress in a Comedy Series and Writing for a comedy series categories and one for her show "Fleabag," which won the Best Comedy Series award.
Jennifer Lopez walks the runway at the Versace show during the Milan Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2020, on Sept. 20.
New York City, New York, US
Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg watches as U.S. President Donald Trump speaks with the reporters at the U.N. headquarters, on Sept. 23.
Juan Manuel Cat of Uruguay dives to score his side's third try during the Rugby World Cup 2019 match against Fiji, on Sept. 25.
Masai Mara, Kenya
Hot-air balloons fly up with tourists at sunrise, on Sept. 20.
International Space Station
This photo provided by NASA astronaut Christina Koch shows the launch of a Russian Soyuz rocket, as seen from the space station on Sept. 25.
Giant panda cubs at Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, on Sept. 24.
A rainbow stretches over the Hunt Cliff at the Saltburn beach ahead of a rain storm, on Sept. 25.
Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel celebrates after winning the Singapore GP, on Sept. 22.
A capybara in its enclosure at Taronga Zoo, on Sept. 26.
The Ukrainian team performs during the 37th Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships, on Sept. 21.
The Bat signal projected on Senate House Library of the University of London for the 80th anniversary of the Batman franchise, on Sept. 21. The building was used in several Batman films.
Participants join hands while building a human tower or "Castellers," during the La Mercè celebrations in Sant Jaume square on Sept. 24.
A burnt truck is seen on a street, on Sept. 24, where hundreds had demonstrated and burned down a government office and other buildings the day before.
The Soyuz MS-15 spacecraft is seen on the launch pad in the early morning hours ahead of the scheduled launch with Expedition 61 crew members, on Sept. 25.
People inspect a road following an earthquake on the outskirts of the city, on Sept. 24.
Firefighters patrol an area where wildfires have destroyed hectares of forest at Rancho Grande village, on Sept. 24.
Chinese troops take part in the marching drills on the outskirts of the city on Sept. 25, 2019. The country will celebrate 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China on Oct. 1.
The site of a fuel truck crash is seen in this aerial shot, on Sept. 24.
Schoolboys jump for a photo at a pier of the Chao Phraya river, on Sept. 25.
Pope Francis is greeted by nuns during the weekly general audience at Saint Peter's Square, on Sept. 25.
Washington, DC, US
Members of Gays Against Guns join the National Rally to end gun violence on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, on Sept. 25.
Wellington, New Zealand
A model showcases a creation by Jack Irving at the World of WearableArt Preview 2019, on Sept. 25.
A demonstrator representing the Amazon rainforest performs during a global protest on climate change, on Sept. 20, 2019.
Lofoten Islands, Norway
Surfers ride a wave in Unstad, on Sept. 24, prior the Lofoten Masters, the northern-most surfing contest in the world.
Portuguese Prime Minister, leader and candidate of the Socialist Party, António Costa waves to supporters during a campaign rally at Carlos Lopes pavilion, on Sept. 24, ahead of the general elections on Oct. 6.
Russia's lock Bogdan Fedotko catches the ball in a line out during the Rugby World Cup match against Samoa, on Sept. 24.
Rory McIlroy plays out of a bunker during previews for the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, on Sept. 24.
Naguabo, Puerto Rico
Tropical Storm Karen approaches the municipality, on Sept. 24.
The metro station of the city is pictured a few days before the opening of the new Metro Cityring, on Sept.
A man paddles his bicycle while carrying a discarded washing machine as he wades through a waterlogged road during heavy rains, on Sept. 25.
Media preview of the art exhibition titled, "Trevor Paglen: From 'Apple' To 'Anomaly'" at Barbican Centre, on Sept. 25.
Arnold Schwarzenegger conducts an orchestra during the Oktoberfest 2019 at Theresienwiese, on Sept. 22.
Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica
A Kemp's ridley sea turtle seen at the Punta Mala National Wildlife Refuge, on Sept. 20.
A worker decorates a pandal or a temporary platform for the upcoming Hindu festival of Durga Puja, on Sept. 24.
Washington, DC, US
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announces the House of Representatives will launch a formal inquiry into the impeachment of U.S. President Donald Trump following a closed House Democratic caucus meeting at the U.S. Capitol, on Sept. 24.
Colombo, Sri Lanka
A man walks in heavy rain on Sept. 24.
Dajabón, Dominican Republic
Haitians line up to cross the border between Haiti and the Dominican Republic to sell Haitian products at a market, on Sept. 23.
And after Mr. Zelensky promised to have his new top prosecutor open the investigations that Mr. Trump was demanding, and asked if the United States had any information it could share for that purpose, Mr. Trump thanked him and said, “I will tell Rudy and Attorney General Barr to call.”
A senior Justice Department official said this week that the White House had not directed Mr. Barr to investigate the Bidens, but would not say whether or not there was any such investigation.
7. The inspector general kept the whistle-blower’s identity secret.
The Complainant’s identity is known to me. As allowed by law, however, the Complainant has requested that the ICIG not disclose the Complainant’s identity at this time. For your information, the Complainant has retained an attorney, identified the attorney to the ICIG, and requested that the attorney be the Complainant’s point of contact in subsequent communications with the congressional intelligence committees on this matter.
This passage, which comes from the letter by Michael Atkinson, the inspector general for the intelligence community, shows he withheld the identity of the whistle-blower when transmitting the complaint to Joseph Maguire, the acting director of national intelligence, with the expectation that Mr. Maguire would then send it to Congress under a whistle-blower law. Mr. Maguire and the Trump administration initially refused to do so, although they relented this week. Mr. Maguire testified on Thursday that he still does not know the identity of the whistle-blower.
8. The inspector general flagged mitigating information, but concluded the complaint was urgent and credible.
The Complainant’s Letter acknowledges that the Complainant was not a direct witness to the President’s telephone call with the Ukrainian President on July 25, 2019. Other information obtained during the ICIG’s preliminary review, however, supports the Complainant’s allegation that, among other things, during the call the President “sought to pressure the Ukrainian leader to take actions to help the President’s 2020 reelection bid.” Further, although the ICIG’s preliminary review identified some indicia of an arguable political bias on the part of the Complainant in favor of a rival political candidate, such evidence did not change my determination that the complaint relating to the urgent concern “appears credible,” particularly given the other information the ICIG obtained during its preliminary review.
This passage, also from Mr. Atkinson’s letter, acknowledges that the whistle-blower did not have direct knowledge of the July 25 call and suggests that the whistle-blower may not support Mr. Trump politically. But Mr. Atkinson, a Trump appointee, nevertheless concluded after a preliminary investigation that the information the whistle-blower put forward was credible and raised an urgent concern that Congress needed to see.
Katie Benner contributed reporting.
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A second whistleblower on Trump and Ukraine might be coming forward .
The New York Times reported that another official is considering making a whistleblower complaint against the president.A second whistleblower is now considering filing a complaint about President Donald Trump’s conduct regarding Ukraine, the New York Times reported Friday.