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Report: Ukraine at Crux of Whistleblower Complaint

Giuliani denies, then admits asking country to investigate Joe Biden
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 20, 2019 6:20 AM CDT
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(Newser) – More details on the whistleblower complaint from an intelligence official about President Trump are beginning to emerge—and they include a possible connection to the 2020 election. Sources tell the Washington Post that the complaint centers on Ukraine and may involve a call to the country's president that House Democrats are already investigating. Democrats have demanded to see a transcript of the call to Volodymyr Zelensky. They accuse Trump and lawyer Rudy Giuliani of pressuring the leader to pursue a "politically motivated" investigation of Joe Biden's son, Hunter—and another to help former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort. The whistleblower complaint, filed two-and-a-half weeks after the call, reportedly involved a "promise" to a foreign leader. More:

  • "Multiple actions." Michael Atkinson, the intelligence community's inspector general, spoke to the House Intelligence Committee in a closed-door briefing Thursday. Sources tell CNN that Atkinson, who handled the complaint and described it as "urgent," declined to discuss details under orders from the administration, but told lawmakers the intelligence official had concerns about "multiple actions" and a "sequence of events."

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