Sep 24, 2019

Senate unanimously calls for Trump to release Ukraine whistleblower complaint

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The Senate voted via unanimous consent on Tuesday on a resolution calling for the Trump administration to release to the Senate Intelligence Committee a whistleblower complaint that allegedly involves President Trump and Ukraine.

Why it matters: The resolution is non-binding, but it's a rare show of bipartisanship on an issue that threatens to spark an official impeachment proceeding in the House. The House will vote on a similar resolution on Wednesday. The Senate Intelligence Committee has opened a bipartisan investigation into the complaint and is currently in talks to bring in the whistleblower for a closed-door testimony.

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House to vote on resolution condemning Trump over whistleblower complaint

The House will vote on a resolution Wednesday demanding that the Trump administration release a controversial whistleblower complaint involving the president and Ukraine to Congress.

Why it matters: The resolution is non-binding, but marks the first formal vote on a rapidly unraveling Ukraine controversy that now threatens to be the impetus for impeachment. The bill also calls on Trump and his associates to cease any efforts to discredit the whistleblower or block them from testifying.

Ukraine whistleblower wants to speak to House and Senate Intel

Sens. Mark Warner and Adam Schiff. Photos: Larry French/Getty Images for SiriusXM; Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call via Getty Images

The intelligence community whistleblower behind the complaint reportedly linked to President Trump and Ukraine has requested to speak to the House and Senate Intelligence committees, their attorney confirmed today.

Why it matters: Congress has yet to hear directly from the whistleblower or be provided the complaint in full by the Trump administration. While Trump has authorized the release of the transcript of his call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, that interaction is said to be only one part of a series of events that make up the complaint.

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How impeachment is playing with Senate Republicans

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell speaks to the media Sept. 17. Washington, D.C. Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell accused House Democrats of a "rush to judgment," as he led Republican attacks on Speaker Nancy Pelosi's announcement of the opening of a formal impeachment inquiry into President Trump.

Why it matters: Articles of impeachment would ultimately be decided by a trial in the Republican-controlled Senate.

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