A whistleblower complaint released by the House Intelligence Committee on Thursday alleges that President TrumpDonald John TrumpWhistleblower complaint declassified on eve of high-stakes testimony Ocasio-Cortez on impeachment: ‘I think the ground has shifted’ Democrats ask Pentagon to probe delayed Ukraine aid MORE sought to enlist Ukraine’s help in the 2020 election by mounting a corruption investigation against former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenWhistleblower complaint declassified on eve of high-stakes testimony Ocasio-Cortez on impeachment: ‘I think the ground has shifted’ Democrats ask Pentagon to probe delayed Ukraine aid MORE.
The declassified version of the whistleblower complaint details the government insider’s worries about Trump’s contacts with Ukraine’s leader, revelations of which on Tuesday triggered a formal impeachment inquiry against the president.
The complainant said “multiple White House officials with direct knowledge” described to the whistleblower the details of the July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, including that “the President used the remainder of the call to advance his personal interests. Namely, he sought to pressure the Ukrainian leader to take actions to help the President’s 2020 reelection bid.”
House Intelligence Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffDemocrats express alarm over whistleblower complaint, but offer few details Trump seeks to shift questions from impeachment at UN House Intel member calls whistleblower complaint ‘deeply disturbing’ MORE (D-Calif.) tweeted a release of the complaint roughly 30 minutes before Acting Director of National Security (DNI) Joseph Maguire was set to testify before his panel.
In the complaint, the whistleblower, who is unnamed, states that they had received information from multiple government officials that the president was “using the power of his office to solicit interference from a foreign government in the 2020 U.S. election.”
“The President’s personal lawyer, Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiMurphy: Background check talks continue despite Trump Ukraine criticism Hacker changes Seattle road sign to say ‘Impeach the bastard’ Pence: Trump has been ‘completely vindicated’ with Ukraine call readout MORE, is a central figure in this effort. Attorney General Barr also appears to be involved as well,” the complaint states.
The Aug. 12 complaint says that over the past four months, more than half a dozen U.S. officials had told them of “various facts related to the affair.”
While the whistleblower says they were not a direct witness, the whistleblower found the accounts of colleagues to be credible.
The complainant said “multiple White House officials with direct knowledge” described to the whistleblower the details of the Zelensky phone cal.
According to the nine-page complaint, the White House officials were “deeply disturbed by what had transpired in the phone call,” and that White House lawyers were consulted out of concern that the president used his office for his own personal gain.
The whistleblower complaint says that there were approximately a dozen officials in the room during the phone call, which Trump made from the White House situation room. The officials included a mix of policy officials and duty officers, the complaint said, and participation was not reduced because it was seen as a “routine” call.
The complaint appeared to mirror the details of the phone call, as laid out in a five-page readout of the call that the White House released early Wednesday morning.
While Trump has admitted that he raised the prospect of investigating Biden in the phone call, he has denied that he withheld financial aid to help combat Russian aggression as leverage in his discussions with the foreign leader.
Revelations about the phone call have led dozens of Democrats to come out in support of impeachment.