According to a report in the Washington Post, Trump, in a phone call with an unnamed foreign leader, made an unspecified promise that so alarmed one member of the intelligence community that it yielded a complaint with the inspector general.
The internal watchdog for American spy agencies declined repeatedly in a briefing on Thursday to disclose to lawmakers the content of a potentially explosive whistle-blower complaint that is said to involve a discussion between President Trump and a foreign leader, according to two people familiar with the briefing. "This complaint. concerned conduct by someone outside the Intelligence Community and did not relate to any "intelligence activity" under the DNI's supervision. the law did not require that the DNI forward the complaint to the Intelligence Committees".
The House Intelligence Committee has demanded a full, unredacted copy of the complaint, but the Office of the Director of National Intelligence is refusing to turn it over.
A mysterious conversation with a foreign leader is at the center of a controversy between the intelligence community and Congress.
The Associated Press has not confirmed the report by the Post, which cited two anonymous USA officials.
Schiff said last week that Maguire is required to share the complaint with Congress and said the attempt to hold it back "raises serious concerns about whether White House, Department of Justice or other executive branch officials are trying to prevent a legitimate whistleblower complaint from reaching its intended recipient, the Congress, in order to cover up serious misconduct".
The complaint was filed about a month ago, Schiff has said.
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That IG, Michael Atkinson, met behind closed doors with the House intelligence committee on Thursday.
The unidentified whistleblower has been revealed as "an individual within the intelligence community", who had made the complaint to the inspector general of the intelligence community, including in the Tuesday letter from Klitenic in response to Schiff's request for information and a September 13 communication with the panel.
The inspector general of the intelligence community "determined that this complaint is both credible and urgent, and that it should be transmitted to Congress under the clear letter of the law", Mr. Schiff, Democrat of California, said in a statement on Wednesday evening. The source said it seemed unlikely to have been filed by someone at the Central Intelligence Agency, because the CIA has its own inspector general.
Schiff responded with nearly immediate indignation, firing off a letter demanding a copy of the complaint and warning that he was prepared to subpoena senior U.S. intelligence officials.
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But Trump railed against the Post's reporting in a flurry of tweets that alleged his communications with foreign leaders were being blown out of proportion.