The Times article was adapted from their book, "Border Wars: Inside Trump's Assault on Immigration", to be published by Simon & Schuster next week.
One person who was present during the suggested border plans was Kirstjen Neilsen, the homeland security secretary at the time.
"In summary", the report concludes in reference to the misinformation being shared by the president and his allies, "the whistleblower submitted the appropriate Disclosure of Urgent Concern form that was in effect as of August 12, 2019, and had been used by the ICIG since May 24, 2018".
White House officials say that is prompting increasingly ferocious tweets from Trump, who is an insatiable consumer of the cable TV news coverage about his imperiled presidency. Among them - shooting migrants in the leg.
Trump acknowledged to The New York Times that he seriously weighed closing the border but said such an action would have been "very severe". Let me give you a rundown.
"He made it up, every word of it, made up and read to Congress as though I said it", said President Trump.
The newspaper says the president also suggested USA soldiers shoot migrants in the legs if they try to cross into the United States before staffers talked him out of it.
Trump also suggested electrifying the border wall and placing spikes on top that could puncture human flesh, according to the report.
Shear notes that when aides told Trump they could not respond to rock throwing with lethal force, the president backed down - but only slightly.
This would mean that Adam Schiff was aware of the complaint that would be brought against the president of the United States before the Intelligence Community Inspector General - a complaint that would lead to the announcement of an impeachment probe in which Schiff is a key player. I'm trying to imagine assorted officials in the West Wing, making calls and poking around online, trying to figure out what it would cost to buy a bunch of snakes and alligators for a moat, all in the hopes of satisfying their odd boss.
"Mr Trump's order to close the border was a decision point that touched off a frenzied week of presidential rages, round-the-clock staff panic and far more White House turmoil than was known at the time", the excerpt says.
Three House committees said a subpoena for documents had been sent to Mr Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani.
As of last Tuesday, House of Representative Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced that the House would begin formal impeachment proceedings against President Trump for betraying his oath of office and the nation's security by seeking to enlist help from a foreign power for political gain.
In public, Trump frequently threatened to shut down the entire border.
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