Congress, intel leaders clash over whistleblower report on Trump

Monday, 23 Sep, 2019

"It was disgraceful, where he talked about billions of dollars he's not giving to a certain country unless a certain prosecutor's taken off the case", Trump said, appearing to refer to January remarks when Biden discussed his interactions with Ukraine's leadership when serving as vice president.

"This behavior is particularly abhorrent because it exploits the foreign policy of our country and undermines our national security for political purposes".

CNN cited a report by the Wall Street Journal as saying that Trump pressured Zelensky during the July phone call to investigate Democratic presidential candidate Biden's son Hunter.

The Trump administration is in a standoff with leaders of the Democrat-controlled U.S. House of Representatives over the August 12 complaint from a whistleblower within the intelligence community, reported to involve Trump's communications with a foreign leader.

US President Donald Trump's administration on Thursday plunged into an extraordinary showdown with the US Congress over access to a whistle-blower's complaint about reported incidents including a private conversation between Trump and a foreign leader.

Mr Trump said there was nothing inappropriate in his contacts with foreign leaders. Virtually anytime I speak on the phone to a foreign leader, I understand that there may be many people listening from various US agencies, not to mention those from the other country itself.

A one-on-one interview between CNN's Chris Cuomo and President Donald Trump's attorney, Rudy Giuliani, this week got heated as they clashed over an anonymous whistleblower complaint allegedly involving the president and Ukraine.

Biden released the statement after news organizations reported Trump had urged Zelenskiy to probe the activities of Biden's son Hunter, who worked for a Ukrainian gas company.

Trump will also hold individual meetings with the leaders of Pakistan, Poland, New Zealand, Singapore, Egypt, South Korea, Britain, India, Iraq, Japan and El Salvador during his time in NY, the official told reporters on a conference call. I've had conversations with many leaders.

The chief's intelligence watchdog acknowledged Thursday that the criticism, which the administration has refused to let Congress look, is "pressing".

The White House says Trump meets Wednesday with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy.

Schiff and other Democratic House chairmen said that Trump lawyer and supporter Rudy Giuliani pressured Ukraine to investigate Biden and suggested that the administration threatened to withhold USA security assistance to the country.

Asked by a reporter if the call in question was one he had July 25 with the president of Ukraine, Trump claimed he didn't know but he then characterized that conversation as "beautiful". Democrats have contended that Trump, in the aftermath of special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation, may have asked for foreign assistance in his upcoming reelection bid. Murphy tweeted that during his own visit it was clear to him that Ukraine officials were "worried about the consequences of ignoring Giuliani's demands".

Representative Adam Schiff, a Democrat from California and chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, speaks during a hearing with Robert Mueller, former special counsel for the Department of Justice, in Washington, D.C., July 24, 2019.

Schiff made public Thursday a letter from Atkinson in which the intelligence inspector general said that he and the acting DNI "are at an impasse over this issue".

A few of the whistleblower's allegations seem to heart on Ukraine, in keeping with Fox Information.

Biden, responding to a reporter's question at the Polk County Democratic Party's annual steak fry in Des Moines, denied that he had ever spoken to his son about his business dealings in Ukraine.

But he did not deny having done so, and instead urged the media to "look into" Biden's involvement in Ukraine.