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Whistleblower complaint takeaways: More than a phone call

WASHINGTON (AP) — The telephone name is only a begin.

A whistleblower grievance about President Donald Trump’s dealings with the brand new president of Ukraine lays out considerations about a number of actions taken by the Trump White House and its allies that recommend the president was utilizing his workplace “to solicit interference from a foreign country” to spice up his reelection prospects. The grievance, written by an unidentified member of the U.S. intelligence neighborhood, was launched Thursday. The House Intelligence Committee grilled the performing U.S. spy chief on particulars of the redacted grievance.

A number of key takeaways from the grievance and the listening to:

IT’S ABOUT FAR MORE THAN JUST THAT CALL

The grievance discusses a July 25 telephone name by which Trump prodded Ukraine’s Volodymyr Zelenskiy to work with Trump’s lawyer basic, William Barr, and Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s private lawyer, to dig up dust on the son of Democratic rival Joe Biden.

But it goes properly past the decision. For instance, the grievance particulars how Ukrainian leaders met with the U.S. particular consultant for Ukraine negotiations and others on the right way to “navigate” the calls for made by Trump. Giuliani met with Ukraine advisers in August as a “direct follow-up” to the decision.

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A COVER-UP IS ALLEGED

The grievance says that within the days after the July 25 telephone name , the whistleblower discovered that senior White House officers had intervened to “lock down” all data of the decision, particularly the tough transcript produced by note-takers within the White House Situation Room.

White House officers informed the whistleblower they had been “directed” by White House legal professionals to take away the digital transcript from the pc system the place such data are usually saved.

“This set of actions underscored to me that White House officials understood the gravity of what had transpired in the call,” the report mentioned.

The officers raised considerations that the transcript was moved to a separate laptop system. White House officers informed the whistleblower that “this was ‘not the first time’ under this Administration that a Presidential transcript was placed into this codeword-level system solely for the purpose of protecting politically sensitive — rather than national security sensitive — information,” the grievance mentioned.

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RUDY, RUDY, RUDY

“The President’s personal lawyer, Mr. Rudolph Giuliani, is a central figure in this effort.”

The report says that many U.S. officers informed the whistleblower that they had been deeply involved about Giuliani’s efforts to avoid the nationwide safety decision-making course of to have interaction Ukrainian officers and relay messages backwards and forwards.

In the decision, Trump prodded Zelenskiy to work with Giuliani and Barr to analyze Biden and mentioned that Giuliani can be calling him.

The whistleblower mentioned within the grievance that Giuliani traveled to Spain in early August to fulfill with one among Zelenskiy’s advisers and that U.S. officers characterised the assembly to the whistleblower as a “direct follow-up” to Trump’s name.

The grievance additionally states that a number of U.S. officers informed the whistleblower that Giuliani had privately reached out to different advisers to the Ukrainian chief.

In an interview with The Associated Press this week, Giuliani mentioned that he had spoken to a Ukrainian official on the request of Trump’s State Department.

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CAN’T EXPLAIN THE MONEY

The whistleblower mentioned the National Security Council and Office of Management and Budget didn’t know why Trump held up hundreds of thousands of {dollars} in assist for Ukraine.

A number of days earlier than his name with Zelenskiy, Trump ordered his workers to freeze almost $400 million in assist to Ukraine. The president mentioned he did so to combat corruption and urge European nations to do extra to assist Ukraine.

The whistleblower alleges within the grievance that in two separate conferences in July, OMB officers mentioned Trump had personally directed the cash to be frozen however that they “were unaware of a policy rationale” for the choice.

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THE WHISTLEBLOWER MUST BE PROTECTED

Joseph Maguire, the performing nationwide intelligence director, repeatedly defended the whistleblower throughout Thursday’s listening to and insisted the individual can be protected if that individual needed to seem earlier than Congress. Maguire mentioned he doesn’t know the whistleblower’s identification.

It was a stark distinction from Trump’s characterization in a tweet final week that the individual was “highly partisan.”

Maguire mentioned the U.S. “must protect those who demonstrate courage to report alleged wrongdoing.”

“I think the whistleblower did the right thing,” he mentioned at one level.

Maguire additionally informed members of the House committee that he was working with the whistleblower’s legal professionals to make sure they might seem earlier than Congress and he pledged to not take any motion to dam their testimony.

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PICK YOUR SPIN

The House Intelligence Committee chairman, Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., and different Democrats performed up the urgency of the grievance and allegations that Maguire delayed it by going first to the White House and Justice Department earlier than handing it over to Congress. Schiff mentioned the account of Trump’s dialog with Ukraine’s chief detailed by the whistleblower “reads like a classic organized crime shakedown.”

Republicans zeroed in the truth that that whistleblower’s account was primarily based on secondhand info from different White House and administration officers. They dismissed Democrats’ considerations as conspiracy theories.

Trump tweeted his personal evaluation after the listening to: “Adam Schiff has zero credibility. Another fantasy to hurt the Republican Party!”

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