“Trump’s communications with foreign leader are part of whistleblower complaint that spurred standoff between spy chief and Congress, former officials say”
“The whistleblower complaint that has triggered a tense showdown between the U.S. intelligence community and Congress involves President Trump’s communications with a foreign leader, according to two former U.S. officials familiar with the matter.
“Trump’s interaction with the foreign leader included a ‘promise’ that was regarded as so troubling that it prompted an official in the U.S. intelligence community to file a formal whistleblower complaint with the inspector general for the intelligence community, said the former officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly.
“It was not immediately clear which foreign leader Trump was speaking with or what he pledged to deliver, but his direct involvement in the matter has not been previously disclosed. It raises new questions about the president’s handling of sensitive information and may further strain his relationship with U.S. spy agencies. One former official said the communication was a phone call.”
Unknown unknowns: Nothing is known about what promise Trump made, or who he made it to. (There’s so many dictators he could be betraying us to, but I’m wagering Putin, because: why the hell not?)
Known unknowns: Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson deemed the complaint to be “credible” and a matter of “urgent concern.”
Atkinson will be on the Hill today for a closed-door meeting with the House Intelligence Committee. Given that this Whitehouse leaks like a Russian submarine, reporters should check their voicemail today for the scoop of a lifetime.