The Washington Post reported today Donald Trump made what’s described as a “troubling” promise to a foreign leader that was turned in by a whistleblower and is now being investigated. The interaction with the foreign leader prompted an official in the U.S. intelligence community to file a formal whistleblower complaint with the inspector general for the intelligence community. The name of the foreign leader has not yet been revealed.
According to the Post, “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 ordinarily requires notification of congressional oversight committees.” But so far, lawmakers haven’t been giving any details. Atkinson will appear before the House Intelligence Committee Thursday in a closed door session.
The inspector general “determined that this complaint is both credible and urgent,” Schiff said in a statement released Wednesday evening. “The committee places the highest importance on the protection of whistleblowers and their complaints to Congress.”
My comment: This should trigger alarm bells for all Americans. That the intelligence community thought this was significant enough to file a whistleblower complaint is frightening. We need to hear what Trump told the foreign leader. Hopefully, that will happen soon.