Whistleblower: White House tried to “lock down” call details

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WASHINGTON, DC – SEPTEMBER 16: U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to the media before departing from the White House on September 16, 2019 in Washington, DC. President Trump is traveling to Albuquerque, N.M. to attend a “Keep America Great” rally. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

The document was released ahead of scheduled testimony from Joseph Maguire, the acting director of national intelligence.

House Democrats who are now mulling Trump’s impeachment are hoping Maguire will explain why he withheld the intelligence community whistleblower’s complaint from Congress for weeks. Maguire will then go behind closed doors to speak to the Senate intelligence panel. Scroll down to watch that live.

Lawmakers have been given a redacted, declassified version of the complaint that can be made public.

Read the entire whistle blower complaint here

The complaint is at least in part related to the July phone call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy in which Trump prodded Zelenskiy to investigate former Vice President Biden. The White House released a rough transcript of that call Wednesday morning.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday endorsed an impeachment investigation in light of the Ukraine revelations.

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