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WaPo: Trump Call With Foreign Leader Prompted Intel Whistleblower | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC WaPo: Trump Call With Foreign Leader Prompted Intel Whistleblower | Rachel Maddow | MSNBCSo we’re breaking news right now on a mystery that we have been following over recent days. The Washington Post has just posted a fairly jaw-dropping story on a subject. We’Ve been trying to cover for the past few days this just broke. While I was doing the a block within the last couple of minutes, this is about the Whistleblower that we first learned about Friday night from the house intelligence chairman, Adam Schiff. He released the letter he had sent to the acting Director of National Intelligence, a whistleblower with an incredible complaint. The Director of National Intelligence was refusing to turn that complaint over to Congress, despite federal law. That said, he had to do so within seven days. The dni blowing through that deadline is something that no Director of National Intelligence ever done before now, the Director of National Intelligence that he wasn’t handing over the complaint despite the law because he claimed it contained potentially privileged material. I also took the unusual stuff do about this complaint. The justice department should be totally outside this process. All of those strange circumstances, let Sherman shift to conclude that The Whistleblower complaint might have something to do with the president or senior Administration officials close to the president post has just broken this news, a scoop that suggests that chairman out of shift was onto something the Headline is this Trump’s Communications with foreign leader or part of whistleblower complaint that spurred standoff between spy Chief and Congress? Here’S the lead. The Whistleblower complaint that is triggered attempt showdown between the US intelligence community in Congress involves President Trump’s Communications with a 4-l. According to two former US officials, familiar with the matter, interaction with a foreign leader included, promise promise isn’t quotes. Promise that was regarded is so troubling that it prompted an official in the US intelligence Community to file a formal whistleblower complaint with the Inspector General for the intelligence Community. It was not immediately clear which foreign leader 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, what the information was or how it came into the hands of this 1. Former officials telling the Washington Post tonight that the communication in question was a phone call to a phone call between President Trump and a foreign leader in terms of who it might have been well. According to the complaint was filed with the with the inspector General’s office on August 12th on August 12th, that’s a date on which President Trump was at his golf resort. In New Jersey, White House records indicate that Trump had had conversations or interactions with 54 liters in the preceding five weeks. Among them was a phone call with Russian President, Vladimir Putin, which was initiated by the White House on July 31st, and that same time. Trump also received at least two letters from Korean leader Kim Jong-un Trump also had meetings with other foreign leaders at the White House. In July, including leaders from Pakistan, the Netherlands and cutter, but again according to One Source phone call and in terms of Trump’s phone calls with foreign leaders at least one of those phone calls in that. Was was with Vladimir Putin. We don’t know what the troubling promise was. They also don’t know how this whistleblower would have about the contents of the president’s phone call with a foreign leader who contributed to this just breaking story from the events tonight. Learning about this, which we’ve been trying to chase for the last few days since Adam Schiff letter and now this new information is, has come to our great Washington, Post colleague, Kim and Shane Harris. I should mention the lead reporters on this carol. You contributed to this. I wanted to ask you if I sort of Hit the high points there. It seems to me that this information that it was a communication by the president, it was a communication – are the president with a foreign leader. It was a troubling promise that he made and that it was a conversation by phone. It does seem like if those are all clues, that the post has been able to ferret out that should sort of narrow it down in France and the potential potential things that could be could be within those realm of factual four corners of that this could be President speaks to a lot of 4L everyday and some which are not obvious to us or recorded for posterity meaning. You know, there’s been a lot of stories about the president having conversations that are not there no note, so we don’t know for certain exactly whom he was speaking too, but the sources are saying that DMVs are the critical pieces. Somebody who used to work at the White House and now has returned to their intelligence agency has complained to the inspector-general that this is such a serious and flagrant abuse at they want it on record. They want. It noted – and the inspector has also made it clear that this is something the gang of eight would normally be briefed about it under the statue. So it’s serious, it’s not a small thing. The sources are also staying in. I think that this is some sort of promised that the president made me while White House sources are saying to me that we have to keep in mind that the president is the ultimate frisbee classifier in the and if the president decided that he wanted to share Something sensitive or provide something sensitive or promised something sensitive that he has full Authority under the law to do that. The public may not loved what he promised if this the sources are correct, but he does have the authority under the law to do that. If that’s what’s happened within the intelligence, community intelligence Community Inspector General is such that something being classified shouldn’t be a barrier toward it being treated as a whistleblower matter through this process right at every sort of step of the way big and with the Director of National Intelligence and with the intelligence, Community intelligence committees in Congress, their supposed to be able to handle classified information, no matter how classified it is if it is still never the last a matter of concern. Absolutely I mean it’s not something the gang of a can’t know about. Remember that one of the big Clues here is that someone along the way, either the justice department or the white house or both or consult. And there was some issue: a privileged Communications outside the intelligence, community and agency other than the intelligence Community, with some sort of privileged Communications that they felt made. This song couldn’t be shared with Congress. That immediately screams out to a lot of reporters. Is this some sort of White House Executive Privilege? We don’t know the answer to that. Yet when I raised the issue of classified material, saying that say the president provided promised suggested he was going to provide something that was very sensitive State until sources and methods that would make a lot of people rear up their heads and and be very concerned. If the foreign leader was an adversary or the information could be exploited could put now or national security or our allies at risk, still, the president has the authority to declassify ultimate power there. I’M not saying that you couldn’t share this kind of whistleblower complaint with Congress. As a result of some of the information be classified to the point, obviously again, the process in terms of intelligence oversight is that they’re supposed to be able to see everything and they’re supposed to be briefed on everything, no matter its sensitivity. Are there and forgive my ignorance here but or they’re issues where the gang of has been deprived access to information about the the government’s own behavior toward the president’s own behavior on the basis of privilege in the past? Is that grounds on which there things are kept secret even from them not before? I don’t expect that it’s impossible. It’S happened before. I am not aware of that happening before. Of course, I’m drawing on you know fairly limited knowledge on breaking news deadline, search that extensively, and I would say this to your smart question, though Rachel this Lighthouse has been far more aggressive and it’s claimed that Congressional oversight can limited curved and constrained by the executive Desire to keep things under wraps and you’ve seen that in the effort to even just review the findings of the of the Mueller investigation in an effort to talk to Witnesses in that probe and the Privileges that have been sighted. The ideas of you, no vague confidentiality or White House interest that can’t be compromised. It’S aggressive strategy and all white houses try to limit how the oversight peers into their world, but this one’s gone more conservatively in the direct and keeping the curtain closed, and perhaps the confrontation with the intelligence Community has set up its own very controversial, very rigorous, very Well-Earned oversight, pictures from the post-watergate era, Carolina Washington, Post, reported on very short notice as contributor to this new reporting from the post night Carol. Thank you very much for helping us understand. I really appreciate it my pleasure. Thank you again, Washington Post President Trump’s Communications with foreign leader are part of whistleblower complaint that spurred standoff between spy Chief and Congress. We have been watching this unfold since late on Friday night, when the intelligence committee chairman in the house, Adam Schiff, first be known that he was aware that somebody within the intelligence Community had come forward through proper channels to the Inspector General for the intelligence community and Said I’ve got a serious problem, inspector-general looked at it and said this is credible, and this is urgent that set in motion stuff that supposed to happen by wrote without any pushback. They forwarded it to the head of the relevant agency. In this case, it was determined that should be the Director of National Intelligence, the Dan. I was then supposed to give it to the intelligence committees in Congress within 7 days, and I refuse to do that mark this controversy. We knew that the inspector General is going to be there going to be a closed session tomorrow in the intelligence committee, close doors, and we won’t be able to see it as a public about this matter. Threats of subpoenas already from the intelligence committees that they need to get this and fast nail, The Washington Post his first two substance of the report with this. Maybe if, in fact, the president, as explained in the Washington Post reporting tonight, made some sort of claim to a leader, a quote: promise a promise that was regarded as so troubling that it prompted an official in the US intelligence Community to file a formal whistleblower complaint. I imagine that this one person is probably not the only person who knows what that price was there coming forward on this matter. Now that the country knows how serious this might be, imagined will be the start of this story without much more ahead on this Dion YouTube. If you want to keep up-to-date with the videos were putting out you, can click subscribe just below me or click over on this list and see lots of other great videos? Carol Leonnig, investigative reporter for the Washington Post, talks with Rachel Maddow about breaking news from the Washington Post that Donald Trump’s communication with a foreign leader by phone is what triggered the intelligence community whistleblower complaint at the center of a standoff between the House Intelligence Committee and the ODNI. Aired on 09/18/19.
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WaPo: Trump Call With Foreign Leader Prompted Intel Whistleblower | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC