DOJ: Bureaucrat's Trump Complaint Was Neither Urgent Nor Needing Congressional Referral


A whistleblower's complaint about President Trump's conduct towards Ukraine prompted a criminal referral to the Justice Department, a DOJ spokesperson revealed on Wednesday.

But the disclosure that nearly 90% of the aid will meet the Monday deadline could suggest limited practical impact on Ukraine's military, despite the unfolding political drama in Washington.

According to the ICIG, "statements made by the president during the call could be viewed as soliciting a foreign campaign contribution in violation of campaign-finance laws".

Amash later tweeted that a transcript of the call between Trump and Zelenskiy shows Trump "doesn't know the difference between right and wrong".

The DOJ has not reached such a determination.

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The memo, released on September 25, reveals that Trump wanted Ukraine to work with his lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, and the US attorney general, to investigate unsubstantiated allegations that Biden sought to interfere with a Ukrainian prosecutor's investigation of his son, Hunter.

Trump, who denies any wrongdoing, asked Ukraine's president in a July phone call to investigate whether Biden, a former vice president, had shut down an investigation into a gas company that employed his son.

"The President has not spoken with the Attorney General about having Ukraine investigate anything relating to former Vice President Biden or his son", she said. I would like to have the Attorney General call you or your people and I would like you to get to the bottom of it. The aid package had significant bipartisan backing and lawmakers, both Republicans and Democrats, were concerned about the president's decision to suspend the payment. "If you look at what Biden did, Biden did what they [Democrats] would like to have me do", Trump sputtered in the clip.

CrowdStrike, the cyber-security firm retained by the Democratic National Committee to probe the hack of their computer servers during the 2016 election, received a passing mention in the transcript released Wednesday of a conversation between President Trump and his Ukrainian counterpart.

Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives have launched a formal impeachment inquiry into Trump, accusing him of seeking Ukraine's help to smear Democratic rival Joe Biden ahead of the November 2020 election, and questioning whether he used the aid as leverage. "The issue of the investigation of the case is actually the issue to restore the honesty so we will take care of that and we will work on the investigation of the case". The DNI general counsel said, though, after consulting with the DOJ, the matter did not meet the legal definition of "urgent concern", and was not subject to mandatory disclosure to Congress.