"According to the ICIG, a senior US official is said to have used foreign aid to intervene or influence a federal election. .. would potentially expose such a US official (or others working with the US official) to serious national security and counterintelligence risks with regard to foreign intelligence services who are aware of such alleged behavior, "Atkinson wrote. [1
On Thursday, Maguire defended his decisions and called the situation "unprecedented". He said concerns over the President's phone call prevented the release of the complaint to Congress.
"It was not a stone wall," Maguire told lawmakers. "I have to obey the law, not what some people would like, and if I had done it differently, it would have been much more convenient for me."
Atkinson's letter concretizing the whistleblower's "Urgent Concern" and credibility, dated Aug. 26, was released Thursday morning by Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Adam Schiff.
In his argumentation, Atkinson also quotes Trump's own words from a recent decree on "the extraordinary threat to national security and foreign policy of the United States" raised by foreign interference in the US election.
Atkinson said he also found the whistleblower's credibility by revealing new details about his or her affiliation with the information in the allegations, while acknowledging the potential political bias of the whistleblower.
Although much of the whistleblower's complaint is based on information Atkinson wrote in its analysis that the whistleblower has "official and authorized access to the information and sources mentioned in the complaint."  The whistleblower has also "expertise in." in the complaintReference to much of the essential information, "Atkinson wrote.
Atkinson is aware of the whistleblower's identity, he wrote.
In its two-week preliminary review of the allegations, the ICIG office identified "some evidence of a complainant's argumentative political bias in favor of a rival political candidate," though Atkinson adds that this was not the case, my resolve to change the appeal As regards the urgent request, it appears to be "credible", especially given the other information received by ICIG during its preliminary examination. "