Whistleblower's attorney says Democrats didn't help write complaint

Whistleblower's attorney says Democrats didn't help write complaint

Whistleblower's attorney says Democrats didn't help write complaint

Chairman Adam B. Schiff, chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, which expects to hear from the whistleblower in closed-door testimony, said Mr. Trump is trying to bully the person.

Concerned with how his claims were being handled in the Central Intelligence Agency, the whistleblower - who did not personally witness the phone, but learned of it secondhand - approached an aide to Schiff.

Trump, who has repeatedly described the call as "perfect", seized on the whistleblower's contact with the intelligence panel to amplify his criticism of Schiff and the impeachment investigation. Democrats say Mr. Trump should be impeached for withholding military aid to Ukraine as leverage to solicit foreign interference in the 2020 election. Senior White House officials endeavored to hide records of the call including the official transcript, according to the complaint. There is no evidence of wrongdoing by either Joe or Hunter Biden. The California lawmaker said House Democrats intend to do "everything in our power" to keep the whistleblower's name under wraps.

"I think it distracts from things that are important for the country to get done", Paul said. I think he probably helped write it, okay?,' the president said, without providing the foundation for his claim.

The Point: Wednesday's news conference revealed - whether Trump knew it or not - a President absolutely consumed by scandal and reacting the only way he knows how: with anger, resentment and bitterness.

The Times' account, which cites a spokesman and current and former USA officials, said the whistleblower approached an aide to House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff out of concern about how his allegations were being handled after he had a colleague pass them along to the CIA's top lawyer. "When you look at the whistleblower complaint, it was vicious", Trump said. The official explained that Schiff was referring to the fact that he and the committee had not officially interviewed the whistleblower, not the whistleblower's initial contact with the committee staff.

"The whistleblower should be commended for acting appropriately and lawfully throughout every step of the process", Boland continued. The committee had no role in the writing of the complaint and the whistleblower shared only vague allegations about the complaint with the committee aide, according to sources familiar with the matter.

Trump has increasingly targeted Schiff, who is leading the impeachment inquiry centered on the president's phone July 25 call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and the whistleblower's concerns about Trump's comments on the call, and White House officials' efforts to restrict access to records of the conversation.

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