WASHINGTON – The intelligence officer who filed a whistle-blower complaint about President Trump's interactions with the Leader of Ukraine raised the question about the two men said in a phone call
The whistle-blower, moreover, identified multiple White House officials as witnesses to potential presidential misconduct who could corroborate the complaint, the people said – adding that to the inspector general for the intelligence community, Michael Atkinson, interviewed witnesses.
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The Trump administration's legal rational for withholding the whistle- blower's allegations from Congress before Mr. Trump relented this week. The White House did not respond to a request for comment.
Mr. Atkinson, therefore, found that the whistle-blower might not support the re-election of Mr. Trump and made it clear that the complainant was not in a position to directly read the call or see the memo that reconstructed it before Mr. Trump and an unnamed foreign leader .
Instead, the officer heard about the call secondhand from unidentified White House officials who expressed concern that Mr. Trump had "abused his authority or acted unlawfully in connection with foreign diplomacy," the memo said. Still, Mr. Atkinson has been arrested after the investigation has ended.
In their first public comments, lawyers for the whistle-blower said their client hoped to remain anonymous but wanted to continue to cooperate with lawmakers conducting oversight.
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Mr. Trump then asked the Ukrainian President to investigate former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and his younger son, Hunter Biden. Mr. Zelensky agreed to have his incoming top prosecutor do so, while asking the United States had information to share. A previous top prosecutor in Ukraine said in May that the Bidens did nothing wrong.
Mr. So Mr. Zelensky pressed to "do us a favor, though": to use Attorney General William P. Barr's help in opening an investigation of a company involved in the beginnings of the F.B.I. Inquiry of Russia's 2016 election interference. Mr. Trump's comments to Mr. Zelensky.
The trump's comments went to Mr. Zelensky. It deals with the unusual manner in which white house authorities handled internal records describing the call.
Bowing to pressure, the Trump administration permitted members of the intelligence committees and congressional leaders to read a copy of the complaint, which remains classified, late on Wednesday.
Its allegations were "deeply disturbing," and "very credible," Representative Adam B. Schiff, Democrat of California and the chairman of the Intelligence Committee, said he was due to review the complaint.
After reading it, Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee told reporters that it contained more. They were disclose very little, but several of the lawmakers said
"It is very well written and certainly provides information for the committee to follow up with other witnesses and documents," said Mr. Schiff.
The White House Witnesses Dovetailed in the Justice Department memo, which was signed by Steven A. Engel, the head of its Legal Counsel.
Joseph Maguire, to refuse to turn the whistle-blower complaint over to congress – a stance that the Trump administration began to back off of Democrats stepped up talk of potentially impeaching the president. Mr. Maguire to testify on the complaint on Thursday.
Mr Trump might be seeking to take action to help the president's 2020 re-election campaign, "Mr. Engel wrote, and decided to tell Congress about it, using a process that protects whistle-blowers from reprisal.
It says if the inspector general deems a complaint to be credible and present an urgent concern, the intelligence director must send it to Congress within seven days.
Mr. Mr. Atkinson stated that Mr. Maguire's "operational responsibility to prevent election interference." But Mr. Engel disagreed, arguing that it was not. Maguire supervises.
Mr. Angels also noted that Mr. Atkinson had found unspecified indications of "an arguable political bias," suggesting the whistle-blower favored a rival political candidate memo said.
But Mr. Atkinson, a trump appointee, concluded that the allegations appeared to be credible and identified two layers of concern.
Mr. Trump's comments on Mr. Zelensky "Mr. Atkinson wrote, according to the Justice Department memo."
(Mr. Engel, while saying Mr. Maguire and Mr. Atkinson then made referrals to the official said, but the Justice Department  The second concern Mr. Atkinson identified, according to the Justice Department memo, what Mr. Trump's potential misconduct might expose him to "serious national security and counterintelligence risks."  Mr. Engel did not elaborate, and what he did suggest that Mr. Trump would be subject to extortion if he were to expose his or her purported misconduct.
Both the reconstructed transcript and the Justice Department memo may be incomplete. The transcript contained a footnote that said it was not "verbatim," and it contained ellipses.
And Mr. Engel's memo, dated Sept. 24, said in a footnote that it had a revision of an original from Sept. 3, and that the department had " . "
Lawyers for the whistle-blower expressed concern in an interview on Wednesday about their client's identity disclosure.
" Intelligence officers, by nature, are not people who want to be known, "said Andrew P. Bakaj, the lead lawyer for the whistle-blower.
The comments by Mr. Bakaj – who is representing the officer for two other lawyers, Mark Zaid and Charles McCullough III – were the first, limited, to the press about the case. John Napier Tye, the founder of Whistleblower Aid, said: "What's the problem with the complainant?"
"To have the president of the United States tweeting about you Mr. Tye said.
The legal team's objective, Mr. Zaid said, is to continue to try to get information about the complaint lawfully to the congressional oversight committees. Mr. Zaid and Mr. Bakaj have received permission from Mr. Maggie to clear the complaint and represent their clients before the House Intelligence Committee.
Reporting was contributed by Katie Benner, Nicholas Fandos, Maggie Haberman, and Mark Mazzetti.