Updated Sep 25, 2019

Whistleblower complaint turned over to House and Senate Intel

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The whistleblower complaint at the heart of a controversy involving President Trump and Ukraine has been released to the House and Senate Intelligence committees, lawmakers confirmed Wednesday afternoon.

Why it matters: The Trump administration's initial refusal to turn over the complaint led to Speaker Nancy Pelosi's watershed decision on Tuesday to finally support a formal impeachment inquiry. The Washington Post and NBC News reported on Wednesday that acting director of national intelligence Joseph Maguire threatened to resign if the administration prevented him from testifying freely before Congress on Thursday. The White House and Maguire have denied these reports.

  • Maguire said in a statement Wednesday: "At no time have I considered resigning my position since assuming this role on Aug. 16, 2019. I have never quit anything in my life, and I am not going to start now."

The big picture: Earlier on Wednesday, the White House released a summary of a July call in which Trump asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate Joe Biden and his son. The release did little to satisfy Democrats, with Speaker Pelosi doubling down on her call for a formal impeachment inquiry.

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DNI on whistleblower complaint: "I have upheld my responsibility"

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Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire said in a statement Tuesday that he has upheld his responsibility "to follow the law every step of the way" while dealing with the whistleblower complaint unraveling this week.

The big picture: Maguire is due to testify before Congress Thursday on a whistleblower complaint regarding a conversation between Trump that involved an alleged "promise" and Ukraine. Trump has confirmed that he spoke to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenky regarding 2020 candidate Joe Biden and his son Hunter, but the nature of the complaint remains unclear.

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Dan Coats says acting intelligence chief Maguire "caught in a squeeze"

Former Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats. Photo: Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call

Former Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats said at a Q&A in Indiana that he never saw the whistleblower complaint that alleges President Trump abused his power to solicit election interference from Ukraine, reports the Indianapolis Star.

"Nothing came to me. I left on Aug. 15.... The very next day that was presented to Joe. I feel so bad for Joe. He is caught in a squeeze here and the lawyers are divided. So they are trying to work all that out."
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