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Intelligence Community’s General inspector Michael Atkinson is scheduled to appear before the House Intelligence Committee in a closed session on a whistleblower complaint about the President, communication with a foreign leader; reports handle Jenkins.
A whistleblower complaint that the allegedly involved allegations President Trump has a disturbing and unspecified “promise” to a foreign leader touches, from a new Washington firestorm on Thursday, as the secret services top watchdog testified on the question, and the President adamantly denied the accusations.
The details appeared over night in a Washington Post report, but many details remain unclear, including the identity of the stranger-guide.
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Fox News has not confirmed the report, and White house officials have not offered further comment about the claims.
But Trump rails against the Post-reporting in a flood of tweets that were allegedly blown his communications with foreign heads of state and government from the share.
“Another Fake-News-story-is – It never ends! To speak practically any time I’m on the phone with a foreign leader, I understand that it will hear a lot of people, of various US agencies, not to mention those from the other country. No problem!” Trump said. “Knowing all of this, is someone stupid enough to believe that I would say something inappropriate with a foreign leader during such a potentially “heavily populated” call. I would only do what is right anyway, and only good for the USA!”
He crowned his complaint, he said: “Presidential harassment!”
The Post reported that a U.S. intelligence submitted to the official, the formal complaint regarding the Trumpf-the communications with the unnamed foreign leader.
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The complaint, which, in turn, has triggered a showdown with the Congress, according to the Deputy Director of National Intelligence, Joseph Maguire would not share details with lawmakers.
Those lawmakers, though, were you sure that you are pressing the intelligence community’s General inspector Michael Atkinson for the details on Thursday in a closed-door session before the house Intelligence Committee.
In front of the testimony, intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., CBS’ “Face the Nation”, said that the watchdog will be found in the complaint, “urgent” and “not credible.”
“I can’t go into the content, but I can tell you that at least according to the Director of national intelligence, that is a Problem of the privileged communication,” he said. “So, I think it is fair to assume, this is the President or the people of either around him, or both.”
He added that, if the “director of national intelligence, will undermine the whistleblower protection, it means that the people are going to end up taking the law into their own hands and go directly to the press rather than the mechanism that Congress set for the protection of classified information.”
Ship invited Maguire, says he was headed to the reluctance of a whistleblower complaint by the Congress, and to ask whether he had to do so by the White house or the attorney General.
In a letter Tuesday, the general counsel for the office of the Director of National Intelligence, Jason Klitenic, wrote that the Agency is the protection of whistleblowers and argued that the claim does not meet the requirements of the definition of the term “urgent concern.” He said the complaint “affected behavior by someone outside the intelligence community and does not refer to” intelligence work ” under the DNI’s supervision.”
Ship said last week that Maguire is necessary to share the complaint with the Congress and said, trying to push it in “, raises serious concerns about whether the White house, justice Department or other Executive branch officials are trying to prevent a legitimate whistleblower complaint from reaching the intended recipient, the cover up of the Congress, to a serious misconduct.”
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The following Thursday Atkinson hearing, Maguire is still expected to testify publicly about the whistleblower complaint on Sept. 26.
Fox News’ Catherine Herridge and Matt Leach, and The Associated Press contributed to this report.