New York Times identifies Trump whistleblower as CIA officer

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All of these things, the memo of the phone call shows, were discussed.

The still-unnamed whistleblower, who filed the complaint on August 12, said they were reporting an "urgent concern" regarding Trump's behaviour while on a phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

"It was not from the intelligence community, from me or from my office", he continued.

During Thursday's hearing, House Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff asked whether Maguire shared his boss's view.

The White House attempted to cover up a conversation President Donald Trump had with his Ukrainian counterpart in which the US president demanded an investigation of his would-be 2020 political foe, according to a declassified whistleblower complaint released Thursday morning.

'The way you had that built up that call, it was going to be the call from hell. For example, the complaint details how Ukrainian leaders met with the US special representative for Ukraine negotiations and others on how to "navigate" the demands made by Trump. Trump said that Giuliani would be traveling to Ukraine.

"White House officials told me that they were "directed" by White House lawyers to remove the electronic transcript from the computer system", the whistleblower wrote.

Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., a member of leadership who sits on the Intelligence Committee, read the complaint Wednesday and he said he was looking forward to hearing more on Thursday.

This move concerned some officials, who shared their worries internally that this was an "abuse of the system".

"In the course of my official duties, I have received information from multiple US government officials that the president of the United States is using the power of his office to solicit interference from the foreign country in the 2020 USA election", the complaint said.

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Also, a spokeswoman for the director said that to her knowledge Maguire had not threatened to quit, according to the Post . Trump has previously referred to CrowdStrike as a Ukrainian company.

President Trump denied the allegations, saying it was a proper call, though admitted that he mentioned Joe Biden in the call but did not put any pressure on Zelensky. "So whatever you can do with the Attorney General would be great", Trump said.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a bilateral meeting with Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskiy on the sidelines of the 74th session of the U.N. General Assembly in New York, Sept. 25, 2019.

The whistleblower complaint centers on that phone call, but also adds additional context on events that led up to it. President Trump however dismissed suggestions that anything he said was improper.

Trump has downplayed the significance of the complaint, claiming the whistleblower is partisan and his conversations with foreign leaders are "appropriate".

Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire will testify before House lawmakers this morning about an explosive complaint by a whistleblower from the US intelligence community that helped touch off an impeachment inquiry into President Trump.

"Congressman Carson, I believe it might be, and as I said in my statement it is, in fact, unprecedented", Maguire replied.

"My conversations with the President, because I'm the Director of National Intelligence, are privileged and it would be inappropriate for me because it would destroy my relationship with the President in intelligence matters to divulge any of my conversations with the President of the United States", Maguire said responding to a question from Rep. Jim Himes, a Connecticut Democrat.

Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire is scheduled to testify about the origins of the flap at 9 a.m. ET before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

The intelligence community's inspector general found the complaint from a whistle-blower who raised alarms about President Donald Trump's interactions with the Ukrainian president "appears credible", according to a letter released Thursday by House Intelligence Committee.

The still-anonymous whistleblower said the information that the complaint is based on came from "more than half a dozen United States officials" over the course of four months. They dismissed Democrats' concerns as conspiracy theories. "Another fantasy to hurt the Republican Party!"

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