An intelligence officer's whistleblower complaint that the Trump administration is holding Congress back refers to a telephone conversation that the President, a senior US intelligence officer familiar with the matter, had confirmed to NBC News on Wednesday night.
The Washington Post Citing two former US officials who were familiar with the matter, they first reported that the complaint had been reimbursed by an intelligence official who made a promise to Trump while communicating and interacting with one foreign leaders had been worried.
The fact that the complaint had been filed by a secret service The official was known, but the subject was a closely guarded secret.
An intelligence officer's announcement of a private phone call from the president would be an extraordinary development that would probably not have set a precedent in US history.
This was not immediately clear, with which foreign leader Trump spoke or what he promised to deliver, the post reported. The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The office of the National Intelligence Director Joseph Maguire and the office of Chairman of the Intelligence Committee of the House of Adam Ship had no opinion on the report on Wednesday evening.
In recent days, the secret whistleblower complaint has been the subject of an increasingly fierce dispute between the incumbent intelligence chief and ship, who claims Maguire and requested a copy of the complaint. Maguire has agreed to testify publicly next week, Schiff announced Wednesday. "The committee attaches utmost importance to the protection of whistleblowers and their complaints to Congress."
The affair became public on Friday when Schiff announced that an unspecified complaint against whistleblower had been filed with the Inspector General of Intelligence. but was restrained by his committee. This independent watchdog considered the matter an "urgent concern" that he had by law passed on to Congressional intelligence committees.
But Maguire outvoted him in consultation with the Department of Justice according to a series of letters between a DNI lawyer and ship that were published.
Ship said it was illegal and caused the specter of coverup. The DNI argued that it was legal. Jason Klitenic, the DNI's General Counsel, said in a letter to Congressmen on Tuesday that the activity covered in the complaint contains "confidential and potentially privileged communications."
Schiff said Maguire had informed him that he was holding back the appeal due to a higher authority decision, but the DNI has not stated whether he acted on the order of the White House.