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Politics Adam Schiff threatens legal action over access to whistleblower complaint

16:15  20 september  2019
16:15  20 september  2019 Source:   cnn.com

House committee subpoenas acting intelligence director

House committee subpoenas acting intelligence director WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of the House intelligence committee has issued a subpoena to the acting Director of National Intelligence, saying the director is withholding a whistleblower complaint from Congress. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff said in a statement Friday evening that the committee will require that Joseph Maguire testify Thursday unless he complies with the subpoena. Schiff was mysterious about the subject of the whistleblower complaint, saying the intelligence community's inspector general had determined it to be credible and a matter of "urgent concern.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff , warned of possible legal action if intelligence officials did not share a potentially explosive whistleblower complaint During the meeting, Atkinson declined to provide any substantive detail about the whistleblower complaint , Schiff indicated.

House Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff threatened on Thursday to sue the Trump administration for withholding details of a complaint by a whistleblower in the intelligence community that reportedly involves President Trump's communications with a foreign leader.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff said Thursday that his committee may use legal action to get access to a whistleblower complaint involving President Donald Trump's communications with a foreign leader.

The threat could deepen the controversy surrounding the complaint, which is at the center of a dispute between acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire and Congress. Schiff and other congressional Democrats are growing more and more agitated with the White House and Maguire, who have blocked their access to the complaint. Democratic lawmakers contend that Maguire is violating the law in refusing to turn over the complaint, something his office disputes.

Legal showdown looms over House subpoena to intel director

Legal showdown looms over House subpoena to intel director The acting director of national intelligence is refusing to comply with a subpoena to turn over a whistleblower complaint, setting up a legal showdown this week between the Trump administration and a House committee. 

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff threatened Thursday to sue the Trump administration over an intelligence official’s whistleblower complaint , which the Atkinson deemed the complaint “urgent,” meaning that ICIG and ODNI are legally required to turn it over to Congress.

WASHINGTON — House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff on Thursday threatened to sue the Trump administration to force the release of a whistleblower complaint filed by a U.S. intelligence official that reportedly involves President Donald Trump’s communications with a foreign

Speaking to reporters Thursday afternoon, Schiff said the committee was exploring legal options.

"This is not a situation where we can afford to go through weeks or months of litigation in this court or that court. There is an urgency here that I think the courts will recognize," the California Democrat said. "I hope that's not necessary. And I hope that the director of national intelligence will reconsider."

He also pledged to "use whatever leverage we can. But at the end of the day, we are determined to validate the whistleblower process to make sure that people can expose wrongdoing."

Adam Schiff says DNI cited "higher authority" in refusal to turn over whistleblower complaint

Adam Schiff says DNI cited Schiff believes the complaint of "serious misconduct" may involve the president "and/or other senior White House officials"

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam B. Schiff (D-Calif.) warned of possible legal action Thursday if intelligence officials did not share a potentially explosive whistleblower complaint prompted by President Trump’s interactions with a foreign leader. Schiff called acting director of

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff , D-Calif., warned of possible legal action Thursday if intelligence officials did not share a potentially explosive whistleblower complaint prompted by President Donald Trump’s interactions with a foreign leader. Schiff called acting director

CNN reported on Thursday that the White House has been advising the nation's top intelligence agency the complaint is outside intelligence activities covered by laws governing intelligence whistleblowers, according to three sources familiar with the matter. During a closed-door briefing with Schiff's committee Thursday, Michael Atkinson, the intelligence community's inspector general, would only discuss the process for his handling of the whistleblower's concerns, the chairman said. Though lawmakers pressed him for details on the complaint, their efforts were ultimately unsuccessful.

The inspector general does not have the authority to discuss the details of the complaint with Congress because the DNI has not shared the actual report with the committee and had apparently not otherwise authorized Atkinson to share those details.

The intelligence whistleblower act does not allow for details to be provided until the actual complaint has been given to Congress, CNN legal contributor Steve Vladeck explained Thursday.

Acting spy chief agrees to testify on whistleblower complaint before House intel panel

Acting spy chief agrees to testify on whistleblower complaint before House intel panel Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire has agreed to testify in an open session before the House Intelligence Committee after refusing to comply with Tuesday's deadline to hand over a whistleblower complaint that had been deemed by the intelligence community inspector general to be "credible and urgent." © Al Drago/Getty Images Retired Vice Adm. Joseph Maguire testifies during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing to be confirmed as the director of the National Counterterrorism Center, on Capitol Hill, on July 25, 2018 in Washington, DC. The committee's chairman, Rep.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff warned of possible legal action Thursday if intelligence officials did not share a potentially explosive whistleblower complaint Tillerson, Trump's first secretary of state, was fired after a series of clashes with the president over policy.

Top Democrat threatens legal action if intelligence chief doesn’t share whistleblower complaint . Schiff called acting director of national intelligence Joseph Maguire's refusal to share the complaint It remains unclear how the whistleblower gained access to details of the president’s calls — whether

Although the official details of the complaint have not been provided to members of Congress, Atkinson told the panel during the briefing that it raised concerns about multiple actions but would not say if those instances involved Trump, according to sources familiar with the briefing.

According to one source, Atkinson referenced "a sequence of events" and "alleged actions" that took place. However, another source disputed that the IG provided substantive details regarding the whistleblower claim. The whistleblower's complaint deals at least in part with Ukraine, The New York Times and Washington Post reported Thursday night.

Schiff describes whistleblower complaint as 'most graphic evidence yet' against Trump .
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) described the whistleblower complaint against President Trump as the "most graphic evidence yet" that Trump has abused his oath of office. © Greg Nash Schiff describes whistleblower complaint as 'most graphic evidence yet' against Trump Trump "sacrificed our national security and the Constitution for his personal political benefit" during a July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, Schiff said in his opening statement at a hearing on the complaint, which was made public minutes before he spoke.

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