Watchdog won't disclose contents of Trump whistleblower complaint

TheHill | 9/19/2019 | Chris Mills Rodrigo,Olivia Beavers and Mike Lillis
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The intelligence community's inspector general declined to share details of a whistleblower complaint that is said to involve a discussion between President Trump and a foreign leader, a member of the House Intelligence Committee told The Hill on Thursday.

Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) told The Hill that Michael Atkinson, the inspector general for the intelligence community, did not talk about the contents of the whistleblower complaint during a private session with lawmakers that has lasted more than three hours.

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Atkinson was “very careful” about what he said, Stewart added.

His comments confirm an earlier report in The New York Times. Two people familiar with Atkinson's appearance told the Times he repeatedly declined to share details with lawmakers and that he would not confirm or deny anything about the substance of the complaint.

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The Washington Post late Wednesday first reported that a whistleblower filed a complaint with Atkinson after Trump made a troubling "promise" to a foreign leader during an interaction.

The complaint has become the focal point of a standoff between the House Intelligence Committee and the intelligence community, with acting director of national intelligence Joseph McGuire withholding details about the incident.

President - Trump - Thursday - Post - Report

President Trump earlier Thursday dismissed the Post’s report as “another Fake News story” while defending his conduct while on calls with foreign leaders.

“Virtually anytime I speak on the phone to a foreign leader,...
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