The chairman of the House intelligence committee says he cannot confirm a press report that said a whistleblower’s complaint concerned a promise President Donald Trump made on a phone call to a foreign leader.
Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff of California said Thursday the acting director of national intelligence is withholding the complaint from Congress in an unprecedented departure from the law.
Schiff said, “There is an effort to prevent this information from getting to Congress.”
He said he believes the whistleblower’s complaint “likely involves the president or people around him.”
The intelligence community’s inspector general, Michael Atkinson, appeared behind closed doors Thursday but declined to tell the panel the substance of the complaint.
The Washington Post reported it involved a promise Trump made to an unnamed foreign leader.
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