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Politics Schiff describes whistleblower complaint as 'most graphic evidence yet' against Trump

17:20  26 september  2019
17:20  26 september  2019 Source:   thehill.com

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.

The whistleblower complaint that led to the impeachment inquiry against US President Donald Trump has The complaint adds little of value to the Democrats’ case against Trump . Much of it is built on the Unless House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-California) can solicit

The whistleblower complaint that reportedly centers on President Donald Trump and his interactions with Ukraine has been declassified, sources familiar House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff , D.-Calif, said Wednesday the allegations in the complaint were "very credible" and

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.

Adam Schiff wearing a suit and tie: Schiff describes whistleblower complaint as 'most graphic evidence yet' against Trump© 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.

An edited transcript of the call released by the White House Wednesday confirmed that Trump pressed Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter.

Schiff says DOJ involved in decision to block whistleblower complaint

  Schiff says DOJ involved in decision to block whistleblower complaint The Department of Justice played a key role in an administration decision to withhold a whistleblower complaint from Congress, House Intelligence panel chairman Adam Schiff said on Thursday, adding that lawmakers did not know yet if the White House was involved.Schiff, speaking to reporters after a closed-door meeting with the intelligence community's inspector general, said that the Justice Department had misinterpreted the law in blocking the complaint.

The whistleblower 's complaint against President Donald Trump was released on September 26. I have just read the whistleblower complaint made available to House Intelligence Committee As the complaint was released, Rep. Adam Schiff , the Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee

The complaint against the president was hand-delivered to members of Congress on Wednesday. It is said to concern not only Mr Trump 's call with Mr Schumer, calling for the contents of the complaint to be made public, said: "The public has a right to read the whistleblower 's complaint for themselves."

Trump has said he did nothing improper, while excorciating Democrats for a "witch hunt.".

Schiff evoked the founder's vision of the Constitution, calling it the president's obligation "to defend the institutions of our democracy, to defend our system of checks and balances that the Constitution enshrines, to defend the rule of law."

The California lawmaker raised details about the whistleblower complaint released earlier Thursday, saying that Zelensky sought to "ingratiate himself" while making clear that he would like resources to help combat Russian aggression.

The chairman described Trump as acting like a mob boss who hears what someone wants and then makes clear their demands before bestowing such asks, an argument he'd also made Wednesday.

Schiff says whistleblower wants to talk to House intelligence Committee

  Schiff says whistleblower wants to talk to House intelligence Committee House Intelligence Committee chairman Rep. Adam Schiff announced Tuesday that the whistleblower who filed a mysterious complaint, which includes allegations about President Donald Trump's conduct, would like to speak to the committee. The whistleblower has requested guidance from acting DNI Joseph Maguire on how to do so, Schiff said."We have been informed by the whistleblower's counsel that their client would like to speak to our committee and has requested guidance from the Acting DNI as to how to do so," Schiff tweeted.

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Trump is defending himself against the intelligence official’s complaint There has yet to be any evidence of any wrongdoing by Biden or his son regarding Ukraine. Maguire has refused to discuss details of the whistleblower complaint , but he has been subpoenaed by Schiff ’s committee and is

"And what is the President's response - well it reads like a classic organized crime shake down. In essence, what the President Trump communicates is this: We've been very good to your country," Schiff said.

"Very good. No other country has done as much as we have. But you know what, I don't see much reciprocity here. You know what I mean? I hear what you want. I have a favor I want from you though."

Schiff stressed the importance of whistleblowers within the intelligence community to his committee.

"If that system is allowed to break down, as it did here, if whistleblowers come to understand they will not be protected, one of two things happen - serious wrongdoing goes unreported, or whistleblowers take matters into their own hands and divulge classified information to the press in violation of the law and placing our security at risk," he said in the opening remarks.

Schiff went on to call the handling of the complaint by acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire "deeply troubling."

"By law, the whistleblower complaint, which brought this gross misconduct to light, should have been presented to this committee weeks ago, and by you, Mr. Director, under the clear letter of the law," he said.

Trump demands to meet whistleblower, warns of 'big consequences' .
President Trump on Sunday evening railed against the whistleblower and other individuals at the center of a growing scandal involving his phone call with Ukraine's president, warning there could be "big consequences.""Like every American, I deserve to meet my accuser, especially when this accuser, the so-called "Whistleblower," represented a perfect conversation with a foreign leader in a totally inaccurate and fraudulent way. Then [Rep. Adam] Schiff made up what I actually said by lying to Congress," Trump said in a series of tweets.

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