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WashPost: Whistleblower Complaint Involves Ukraine

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Thursday, 19 September 2019 09:51 PM

A whistleblower complaint about President Donald Trump made by an intelligence official centers on Ukraine, The Washington Post reported Thursday.

Citing two unnamed sources, the Post reported the complaint involved communications with a foreign leader and a "promise" Trump made that prompted an intelligence official who had worked at the White House to take the issue to the inspector general.

Two and a half weeks before the complaint was filed, Trump spoke with newly elected Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, the Post noted — a call that is under investigation by House Democrats looking at whether Trump and his lawyer Rudy Giuliani tried to manipulate the Ukrainian government into helping Trump's re-election campaign. 

The Post — which first broke the new of an alleged promise Trump made to a foreign official Wednesday — noted the probe of the Zelensky call started earlier this month, before revelations an intelligence official had lodged a complaint with the inspector general. 

Trump has denied doing anything improper.

According to the Post, in letters to the White House and State Department, top Democrats earlier this month demanded records related to what they say are Trump and Giuliani's efforts "to coerce the Ukrainian government into pursuing two politically-motivated investigations under the guise of anti-corruption activity."

One effort aimed to help Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, who is in prison for illegal lobbying and financial fraud, and a second targeted the son of former vice president Joe Biden, who is seeking the Democratic nomination to challenge Trump, the Post reported.

Lawmakers also became aware in August the Trump administration might have been trying to stop aid from reaching Ukraine, the Post reported.

Giuliani on Thursday firmly dismissed the reports of the whistleblower and Trump's "promise" to a foreign leader.

"I'm not even aware of the fact that he had such a phone call," Giuliani said Thursday. "If I'm not worried about it, he's not worried about it."

House Democrats are looking into whether Giuliani traveled to Ukraine to pressure that government — outside of formal diplomatic channels — to effectively help the Trump reelection effort by investigating Hunter Biden about his time on the board of Burisma, a Ukrainian gas company, the Post reported.

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