Little is known right now about the details regarding an alleged complaint made within the U.S. intelligence community.
Per prior reporting from HillReporter.com, a whistleblower’s concerns were enough to warrant the Inspector General of the intelligence community, General Michael Atkinson, to describe it as an “urgent concern.” Such a descriptor comes with a usual requirement to produce the complaint to Intelligence Committee chairs within the House and Senate, but so far the Trump administration has stonewalled that process.
Atkinson is slated to meet with the House Intelligence Committee on Thursday, however, after a deal between agencies and Congress was crafted, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Reporting about the complaint hasn’t revealed what it’s about and how worrisome it should make people in the general public feel. According to some sources, the complaint has to do with President Donald Trump’s communications with a foreign leader, and a “promise” he made to that individual, but aside from that, the details are scarce.
Trump on Thursday, however, expressed major qualms in the reporting about the whistleblower’s complaints, and may have provided an extra detail to the story that was previously unknown.
Trump called the report, originally from the Washington Post, “another Fake News story.”
“Virtually anytime I speak on the phone to a foreign leader, I understand that there may be many people listening from various U.S. agencies, not to mention those from the other country itself. No problem!” Trump wrote. ”
It was not previously revealed that the conversation Trump had with a foreign leader took place on the phone, nor with others listening in to what they had to say. If Trump is detailing a specific circumstance in his tweets, it may reveal that the whistleblower was involved in that meeting, and may be a high-ranking official, though lower-ranking members (typically aides to the higher-ups) often sit in those types of calls as well.
Trump went on in his rant.
“Knowing all of this, is anybody dumb enough to believe that I would say something inappropriate with a foreign leader while on such a potentially ‘heavily populated’ call. I would only do what is right anyway, and only do good for the USA!”
Trump was speaking rhetorically, but it might invite others to weigh in on his ability to discern when it’s appropriate to share information with foreign leaders.
In public and in private, Trump has made some questionable comments on what he has said, directly and indirectly, to foreign leaders.
On Sunday, many took issue with a tweet he sent in which he said the U.S. was “locked and loaded” to act in support of Saudi Arabia following an attack on their oil fields. Trump added he was “waiting to hear from the Kingdom as to who they believe was the cause of this attack, and under what terms we would proceed,” Politico reported.
And early in his presidency, Trump took heat for sharing classified information, obtained from Israeli intelligence agencies, with Russian dignitaries at the White House. Trump’s doing so reportedly resulted in U.S. agencies pulling a spy from within the Kremlin, per reporting from Vox.
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