Whistleblower Alleges Trump Had Inappropriate Communications with Foreign Leaders

Headline Roundup September 19th, 2019

A government watchdog alleges that President Donald Trump made an inappropriate promise to an unstated foreign leader. Inspector General of the Intelligence Community Michael Atkinson made the call to launch a complaint, and House Oversight Committee chair Adam Schiff (D-CA) has made attempts to force the intelligence community into disclosing the contents of the complaint.

Right-leaning media outlets have tended to side with Trump, with some labeling the scrutiny 'presidential harassment.' Left-leaning outlets have generally contended that this behavior is not unusual for the president.

Whistleblower Alleges Trump Had Inappropriate Communications with Foreign Leaders

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The whistleblower complaint that has triggered a tense showdown between the U.S. intelligence community and Congress involves President Trump’s communications with a foreign leader, according to two former U.S. officials familiar with the matter.

Trump’s interaction with the foreign leader included a “promise” that was regarded as so troubling that it prompted an official in the U.S. intelligence community to file a formal whistleblower complaint with the inspector general for the intelligence community, said the former officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss...

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President Trump on Thursday ripped reports that he made a promise to a foreign leader so troubling that a whistleblower reported it to the intelligence community’s in-house watchdog — calling them “Fake News” and “Presidential Harassment!”

“Another Fake News story out there – It never ends! Virtually anytime I speak on the phone to a foreign leader, I understand that there may be many people listening from various US agencies, not to mention those from the other country itself. No problem!” Trump wrote in one of a series of three...

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House intelligence committee chairman Adam Schiff vowed Thursday he's willing to sue the Trump administration over a dispute about the contents of as-yet unknown complaint to the intelligence community's official watchdog.

Schiff told reporters after a closed-door meeting with the inspector general, Michael Atkinson, that the Justice Department has opined that the material is shielded by privilege and can be withheld from lawmakers.

Not so, Schiff argued, and "if we have to go to court to get this, we will have a good case."

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