Whistleblower Complaint At Center Of Trump Impeachment Inquiry Released | NBC News


GOOD DAY.>>>THIS IS AN NBC NEWS SPECIAL>>>THIS IS AN NBC NEWS SPECIAL REPORT, HERE’S SAVANNAH GUTHRIE. REPORT, HERE’S SAVANNAH GUTHRIE.>>>MORNING, EVERYBODY, BREAKING>>>MORNING, EVERYBODY, BREAKING NEWS IF YOU’VE COME ON THE AIR NEWS IF YOU’VE COME ON THE AIR IN THE IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY OF IN THE IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY OF PRESIDENT TRUMP MOMENTS AGO, THE PRESIDENT TRUMP MOMENTS AGO, THE HOUSE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE HOUSE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE RELEASED A DECLASSIFIED RELEASED A DECLASSIFIED COMPLAINT FROM THAT COMPLAINT FROM THAT WHISTLE-BLOWER AGAINST PRESIDENT WHISTLE-BLOWER AGAINST PRESIDENT TRUMP THAT COMES JUST AS ACTING TRUMP THAT COMES JUST AS ACTING DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE JOSEPH MAGUIRE IS INTELLIGENCE JOSEPH MAGUIRE IS ABOUT TO TESTIFY ON CAPITOL HILL ABOUT TO TESTIFY ON CAPITOL HILL ABOUT THESE MATTERS. ABOUT THESE MATTERS. NBC JUSTICE CORRESPONDENT PETE NBC JUSTICE CORRESPONDENT PETE WILLIAMS IS PORING THROUGH WILLIAMS IS PORING THROUGH WHAT’S IN THAT COMPLAINT. WHAT’S IN THAT COMPLAINT. I HAVE A COPY OF IT HERE, PETE, I HAVE A COPY OF IT HERE, PETE, I’VE ONLY HAD A COUPLE SECOND TO I’VE ONLY HAD A COUPLE SECOND TO LOOK AT IT. LOOK AT IT. WHAT DO YOU SEE? WHAT DO YOU SEE?>>IT’S DATED AUGUST 12th, WHEN>>IT’S DATED AUGUST 12th, WHEN THE COMPLAINT WAS ORIGINALLY THE COMPLAINT WAS ORIGINALLY MADE TO THE INSPECTOR GENERAL, MADE TO THE INSPECTOR GENERAL, ORIGINALLY INTENDED TO GO TO ORIGINALLY INTENDED TO GO TO CONGRESS AND AS YOU KNOW IT WAS CONGRESS AND AS YOU KNOW IT WAS STOPPED. STOPPED. WE KNOW THE BASICS OF IT. WE KNOW THE BASICS OF IT. HE’S COMPLAINING ABOUT THE HE’S COMPLAINING ABOUT THE NATURE OF THE PRESIDENT’S CALL NATURE OF THE PRESIDENT’S CALL WITH THE PRESIDENT OF UKRAINE. WITH THE PRESIDENT OF UKRAINE. HE SAYS HE DOESN’T KNOW WHO HE SAYS HE DOESN’T KNOW WHO INITIATED THE CALL. INITIATED THE CALL. WE NOW KNOW, AS WE WERE TOLD WE NOW KNOW, AS WE WERE TOLD YESTERDAY FOR SURE, THAT THIS YESTERDAY FOR SURE, THAT THIS PERSON, WHETHER IT’S A MAN OR A PERSON, WHETHER IT’S A MAN OR A WOMAN IN THE INTELLIGENCE WOMAN IN THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY, DIDN’T KNOW THIS COMMUNITY, DIDN’T KNOW THIS FIRSTHAND BUT WAS TOLD THIS BY FIRSTHAND BUT WAS TOLD THIS BY WHAT’S DESCRIBED IN THE LETTER WHAT’S DESCRIBED IN THE LETTER AS MULTIPLE WHITE HOUSE AS MULTIPLE WHITE HOUSE OFFICIALS WITH DIRECT KNOWLEDGE OFFICIALS WITH DIRECT KNOWLEDGE OF THE CALL. OF THE CALL. AND THEN THE LETTER GOES THROUGH AND THEN THE LETTER GOES THROUGH WHAT WE NOW KNOW WAS IN THE WHAT WE NOW KNOW WAS IN THE CALL. CALL. THE ASKING FOR HELP IN LOOKING THE ASKING FOR HELP IN LOOKING INTO THE CROWD STRIKE ISSUE AND INTO THE CROWD STRIKE ISSUE AND THE BIDEN FAMILY. THE BIDEN FAMILY. AND THE WAY THE LETTER DESCRIBES AND THE WAY THE LETTER DESCRIBES IT IT SAYS THE PRESIDENT USED IT IT SAYS THE PRESIDENT USED THE CALL, THE REMAINDER OF THE THE CALL, THE REMAINDER OF THE CALL AFTER CONGRATULATING CALL AFTER CONGRATULATING PRESIDENT SE ZELENSKY TO ADVANCE PRESIDENT SE ZELENSKY TO ADVANCE PERSONAL INTERESTS, TO HELP THE PERSONAL INTERESTS, TO HELP THE 2020 REELECTION BID. 2020 REELECTION BID. THE LETTER SAYS THIS PERSON WAS THE LETTER SAYS THIS PERSON WAS TOLD BY THE WHITE HOUSE THAT TOLD BY THE WHITE HOUSE THAT THERE WAS A DISCUSSION GOING ON THERE WAS A DISCUSSION GOING ON AFTER THE CALL BY WHITE HOUSE AFTER THE CALL BY WHITE HOUSE OFFICIALS ABOUT HOW TO TREAT IT. OFFICIALS ABOUT HOW TO TREAT IT. ONCE IT WAS MADE. ONCE IT WAS MADE. BECAUSE OF THE LIKELIHOOD IN THE BECAUSE OF THE LIKELIHOOD IN THE OFFICIAL’S RETELLING THAT THEY OFFICIAL’S RETELLING THAT THEY HAD WITNESSED THE PRESIDENT HAD WITNESSED THE PRESIDENT ABUSE HIS OFFICE FOR PERSONAL ABUSE HIS OFFICE FOR PERSONAL GAIN. GAIN. THE LETTER SAYS THERE WERE AT THE LETTER SAYS THERE WERE AT LEAST A DOZEN WHITE HOUSE LEAST A DOZEN WHITE HOUSE OFFICIALS WHO HAD LISTENED TO OFFICIALS WHO HAD LISTENED TO THE CALL BECAUSE EVERYBODY THE CALL BECAUSE EVERYBODY THOUGHT IT WAS GOING TO BE THOUGHT IT WAS GOING TO BE ROUTINE. ROUTINE. AND THAT THEY WERE VERY AND THAT THEY WERE VERY SURPRISED BY THE TURN THE CALL SURPRISED BY THE TURN THE CALL TOOK. TOOK. AND THEN THE LETTER SAYS IN THE AND THEN THE LETTER SAYS IN THE DAYS AFTER THE CALL THIS PERSON DAYS AFTER THE CALL THIS PERSON CLAIMS TO HAVE HEARD FROM CLAIMS TO HAVE HEARD FROM MULTIPLE U.S. OFFICIALS THAT MULTIPLE U.S. OFFICIALS THAT SENIOR PEOPLE AT THE WHITE HOUSE SENIOR PEOPLE AT THE WHITE HOUSE INTERVENED TO LOCK DOWN IS THE INTERVENED TO LOCK DOWN IS THE PHRASE THE LETTER USES ALL PHRASE THE LETTER USES ALL RECORDS OF THE CALL, ESPECIALLY RECORDS OF THE CALL, ESPECIALLY THE OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT, THE THE OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT, THE WORD FOR WORD TRANSCRIPT THAT WORD FOR WORD TRANSCRIPT THAT WAS PRODUCED BY THE WHITE HOUSE WAS PRODUCED BY THE WHITE HOUSE SITUATION ROOM. SITUATION ROOM. NOW, THAT’S THE DOCUMENT THAT WE NOW, THAT’S THE DOCUMENT THAT WE GOT YESTERDAY EVEN THOUGH IT GOT YESTERDAY EVEN THOUGH IT WASN’T A WORD FOR WORD WASN’T A WORD FOR WORD TRANSCRIPT. TRANSCRIPT. WHITE HOUSE OFFICIALS TOLD ME WHITE HOUSE OFFICIALS TOLD ME THE LETTER SAYS THAT THEY WERE THE LETTER SAYS THAT THEY WERE DIRECTED BY WHITE HOUSE LAWYERS DIRECTED BY WHITE HOUSE LAWYERS TO REMOVE THE ELECTRONIC TO REMOVE THE ELECTRONIC TRANSCRIPT FROM THE COMPUTER TRANSCRIPT FROM THE COMPUTER SYSTEM, AND FINALLY THE LETTER SYSTEM, AND FINALLY THE LETTER SAYS, THIS IS PAGE 4, THAT AFTER SAYS, THIS IS PAGE 4, THAT AFTER THE CALL TWO REPRESENTATIVES OF THE CALL TWO REPRESENTATIVES OF THE U.S. MET WITH UKRAINIAN THE U.S. MET WITH UKRAINIAN LEADERS ON HOW TO “NAVIGATE” THE LEADERS ON HOW TO “NAVIGATE” THE DEMANDS THE PRESIDENT MADE OF DEMANDS THE PRESIDENT MADE OF PRESIDENT ZELENSKY IN THE CALL. PRESIDENT ZELENSKY IN THE CALL. THIS IS A TOTAL OF SEVEN PAGES THIS IS A TOTAL OF SEVEN PAGES IN THE LETTER WITH A TWO-PAGE IN THE LETTER WITH A TWO-PAGE CLASSIFIED APPENDIX. CLASSIFIED APPENDIX. THE RECORD OF THE CALL WE THE RECORD OF THE CALL WE RECEIVED YESTERDAY WAS RECEIVED YESTERDAY WAS ORIGINALLY CLASSIFY SECRET. ORIGINALLY CLASSIFY SECRET. NO FOREIGN. NO FOREIGN. MEANING NO FOREIGN MEETING, MEANING NO FOREIGN MEETING, CAN’T BE SHARED WITH ANY FOREIGN CAN’T BE SHARED WITH ANY FOREIGN LEADERS. LEADERS. I FRANKLY DON’T KNOW WHETHER I FRANKLY DON’T KNOW WHETHER THAT’S THE TYPICAL WAY A THAT’S THE TYPICAL WAY A CONGRATULATORY CALL LIKE THIS CONGRATULATORY CALL LIKE THIS WOULD BE CLASSIFIED, WHETHER WOULD BE CLASSIFIED, WHETHER IT’S THE SECRET LEVEL OR NOT. IT’S THE SECRET LEVEL OR NOT. THE ONLY THING THAT STRIKES ME THE ONLY THING THAT STRIKES ME THAT WOULD POSSIBLY BE THAT WOULD POSSIBLY BE CLASSIFIED IN THAT LETTER IS THE CLASSIFIED IN THAT LETTER IS THE DISCUSSION BETWEEN THE VERY DISCUSSION BETWEEN THE VERY BRIEF DISCUSSION BY THE BRIEF DISCUSSION BY THE PRESIDENT AND THE PRESIDENT OF PRESIDENT AND THE PRESIDENT OF UKRAINE ABOUT WANTING TO BUY UKRAINE ABOUT WANTING TO BUY ADDITIONAL ANTI-TANK SYSTEMS ADDITIONAL ANTI-TANK SYSTEMS FROM THE PENTAGON. FROM THE PENTAGON. SO THESE ARE THE — I MEAN, WE SO THESE ARE THE — I MEAN, WE KNEW THE BASICS OF WHAT THIS KNEW THE BASICS OF WHAT THIS COMPLAINT WAS. COMPLAINT WAS. WE NOW ARE — HAVE CONFIRMATION WE NOW ARE — HAVE CONFIRMATION OF WHAT THE ORIGINAL COMPLAINT OF WHAT THE ORIGINAL COMPLAINT WAS, THE FACT THAT THIS PERSON WAS, THE FACT THAT THIS PERSON IN THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY IN THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT THIS

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