Listen: Donald Trump denies whistleblower complaint about improper promise to foreign leader
"Trump allegedly had had a call with a foreign leader and made a troubling promise according to a whistleblower who filed a full formal report about office incident now. This story has led to of course fierce disagreement between the left and the right but we don't know what the nature of the call is. We don't know who the foreign leader is. What we do know is that this whistle blower who was part of the intelligence community found it troubling enough to report it and then the director Sir of National Intelligence didn't do his job by letting congressional lawmakers know about it so they can launch an investigation now trump's interaction with the foreign leader included needed a promise that was regarded as so troubling that prompted an official in the US intelligence community to file a formal whistleblower complaint with with the Inspector General for the intelligence community now at that point the inspector general is supposed to report it to the Director of National Intelligence. So Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson determined that the complaint was credible and troubling enough to be considered a matter of urgent concern a legal threshold the requires notification of Congressional Oversight Committees. Now at that point Joseph Maguire's told about this issue and he's the director of National Intelligence but he did not report this to congressional lawmakers after fielding the complete on August twelfth afternoon submitted it to acting national acting the director of National Intelligence Joseph acquire two weeks later by Law Maguire's required to transmit such complaints to Congress within seven days but in this case he refrained from doing so after turning for legal guidance to officials at the Justice Department Inspector General Atkinson told the House and Senate intelligence committees of the existence of the whistleblower complaint without revealing its substance in early September so that led to some drama among among congressional Democrats especially Adam Schiff who is the chair of the House Intelligence Committee and so there was a little hint hint that something was awry over the weekend when you had an interview with face the nation curious talking about this situation just this past weekend you issued a subpoena on on Friday for the acting director of intelligence alleging. He's withholding a whistle blower disclosure possibly to protect president trump. That's a pretty significant the allegation here. We're putting up a quote on the screen from you. Have you gotten a response to this letter. We've gotten a response and the director has said essentially that he is answering to a higher authority and refusing to turn over the whistleblower complaint this is deeply troubling no director well at this point. Yes yes ignoring the subpoena ignoring our request no deny no director of national diligence has ever refused a turnover whistleblower complaint and and here Margaret the significance is the inspector general found this complaint to be urgent found it to be credible that is they did some preliminary investigation found the whistle blower to be credible that suggests corroboration and that involved serious or flagrant wrongdoing and according to the director of national television is the reason he's not acting to provide it even though the statute mandates that he do so is because he is being instructed not to that this involved a high rethorics someone above the DNR all right so we're going to get into the legal ramifications of this etc but breaking right now just in as we're doing the show live CNN has a report that the president did this on multiple occasions so let me give you the quote for Maharaja who's reporting for C. A and we're told by multiple sources familiar with the matter the inspector general told the House Intelligence Committee today that the complaint dealt within part multiple instances involving involving the president. We've known so far. There was at least one incident that caused alarm for this whistle blower a phone call a conversation with a foreign leader and that's what we're talking about here earlier and was a promise given to a foreign leader trump has made excuses like one. I can do whatever I want. That's it's of course not true. Overall in this case he can declassify information as the president but whether it's wise to is a different matter and whether other violates other laws is a different matter so for example if he's on the phone with a foreign leader and he says oh by the way our American spy is sitting right next so you it's your make up a title your deputy foreign minister that might violate other laws because that guy is going to get executed right so so we don't know what promise trump made or what intelligence he gave to a leader and by the way there are five possible leaders and he talked to it within this timeframe that that's being discussed. Prime Minister Netherlands not as likely prime minister of Pakistan the Emir of Qatar Kim Jong Hoon on and of course a lot of Putin so which of those leaders who gave a promise to we don't know what did he promise. We don't know how many different times he did things that were of urgent concern to national security. We don't yet know but apparently it's multiple instances. We find out today so very I'm very curious what he promised who he promised to it."