To review where we are:
- A whistleblower somewhere in the US intelligence community, apparently very highly-placed, filed a report that a senior US official had communicated sensitive material to a foreigner.
- The Acting Director of National Intelligence is refusing to release this report to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, as required by law.
- The HPSCI has filed a subpoena for the report.
And now we learn the details: Donald Trump was talking to an unnamed foreign leader and revealed very sensitive US intelligence information to that leader. The only questions now are (1) to whom he was talking, and, (2) what did he reveal.
Of course, don’t expect any Republicans to be troubled by this. They are traitors just like Trump.
The whistleblower complaint that has triggered a tense showdown between the U.S. intelligence community and Congress involves President Trump’s communications with a foreign leader, according to two former U.S. officials familiar with the matter.
Trump’s interaction with the foreign leader included a “promise” that was regarded as so troubling that it prompted an official in the U.S. intelligence community to file a formal whistleblower complaint with the inspector general for the intelligence community, said the officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly.
It was not immediately clear which foreign leader Trump was speaking with or what he pledged to deliver, but his direct involvement in the matter has not been previously disclosed. It raises new questions about the president’s handling of sensitive information and may further strain his relationship with U.S. spy agencies. One former official said the communication was a phone call.
The White House did not respond to requests for comment. The Office of the Director of National Intelligence and a lawyer representing the whistleblower declined to comment.
Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson determined that the complaint was credible and troubling enough to be considered a matter of “urgent concern,” a legal threshold that requires notification of congressional oversight committees.
Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/trumps-communications-with-foreign-leader-are-part-of-whistleblower-complaint-that-spurred-standoff-between-spy-chief-and-congress-former-officials-say/2019/09/18/df651aa2-da60-11e9-bfb1-849887369476_s