Ukraine is at the center of a complaint filed by a whistleblowing intelligence officer after hearing of a promise made by President Donald Trump to a foreign leader, the Washington Post reported Thursday night.
The newspaper quoted two persons familiar with the matter it did not name. The Trump administration withheld the details of the report from Congress. Although it was known that the complaint concerned a foreign head of state, Swiss Post was the first to report on the country in question.
NBC News has not confirmed that Ukraine is at the heart of the problem. A request for a statement from the White House was not returned immediately.
The newspaper reported for the first time this week that the complaint was made by a secret service officer who was worried by a promise Trump had made while communicating and interacting with a foreign leader.
A The former US intelligence worker, who was familiar with the matter, told NBC News on Wednesday night that the ad was a telephone conversation that Trump had made.
Two and a half weeks before submitting the ad, Trump spoke to the new president of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky reported the post. The House Democrats announced last week that they will investigate the role of Trump's personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, which they described as an effort to influence the Ukrainian government in supporting Trump's election campaign.
The Editorial Board of the Post Office in September. 5 had hinted that Trump was denying Ukraine military help to pressure them to investigate Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden, who is on the board of a Ukrainian gas company.
In a belligerent interview with CNN on Thursday, Giuliani denied both statements and admitted having contacted representatives of Ukraine about the former vice president.
"No, actually I do not have.I asked Ukraine to investigate the allegations that the Ukrainians intervened in favor of Ukraine in 201
And minutes later, he seemed to argue after anchor Chris Cuomo said, "So you asked Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden." Ni said.
The New York Times reported Thursday that the details of the allegation continue to be obscure, but at least one instance of Trump has made an unspecified commitment to a foreign leader and has handled other acts and at least some of the allegations Of Ukraine. Interviews and two persons familiar with the complaint were cited.
Acting Director of the National Intelligence Service, Joseph Maguire, has withheld the complaint from informers of the house. Calif., Who requested Maguire's statement and a copy of the complaint.
The Inspector General of Intelligence, an independent watchdog, regarded the complaint as an "urgent concern" that he required by law to provide the Congress with intelligence committees.
But Maguire, after consultation with the Department of Justice, overturned him after a series of letters published between a DNI lawyer and ship.
There is no report from the Post and others report NBC News coverage of the alleged promise to a foreign head of state.
A secret service officer's whistleblower complaint about a private president A first telephone call would be an extraordinary development that was probably unprecedented in US history.
Trump denied on Thursday reports of a whistleblower's ad serving to communicate with a foreign leader, calling them "fake news". He said that if he talks to foreign leaders, others from the US may overhear, and he would never say something "inappropriate" to a foreign leader on such a call.
"Virtually Anytime I Speak I understand that there may be many people listening to different US agencies, not to mention those from the other country, no problem!" Trump tweeted.
"Knowing all this is someone stupid enough to believe that I would say something inappropriate with a foreign leader when he is in such a potentially 'populated' conversation would only do what is right anyway and just do good for the US! "Trump continued.
The Inspector General, Michael Atkinson, was in a secret meeting with members of the House Intelligence Committee for several hours on Thursday, but a source from the congress told NBC News that Atkinson refused to give the legislators the substance of the whistleblower complaint ,
Ship said on MSNBC Thursday night after the Post published its report that "we did not receive the complaint" and did not confirm that it was Ukraine.
He said the dispute between the DNI and his committee is not about politics, but about information to which the Congress is entitled.
"This includes allegations of grave misconduct that the Inspector General had to submit to Congress," Schiff told Rachel Maddow on Thursday night.
"It's unprecedented that a director keeps this information from Congress," Schiff said. If whistleblowers file complaints under the law and the complaint is withheld by Congress, it could have a deterrent effect on the system, and important information about misconduct could not be reported.
In the CNN interview, Giuliani agreed that whistleblowers deserve protection, but said that "some whistleblowers are liars."
"This whistleblower could tell the truth, or this whistleblower could be a Democrat raid trying to destroy Donald Trump," Giuliani said.