Four officials raised concerns with a White House lawyer about a potential pressuring campaign with Ukraine – both before and after President Donald Trump's scrutinized July 25 call, sources told The Washington Post.
Going into the call, sources say the officials were concerned President Trump wanted political dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden, and their "concerns soared in the call's aftermath," according to the report.
The concerns were shared with National Security Council legal adviser John Eisenberg, per the Post.
Former National Security Adviser John Bolton and others sought to review the transcript of the call, but it was "locked down" on the covert server, sources told the Post.
"When people were listening to this in real time, there were significant concerns about what was going on — alarm bells were kind of ringing," a source, speaking on the condition of anonymity, told the Post. "People were trying to figure out what to do, how to get a grasp on the situation."
President Trump has publicly called it a "perfect" call with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, but the concerns of the four officials suggested otherwise.
The whistleblower complaint claimed White House lawyers "directed" the move of the transcript to the covert system.
A former senior White House official noted the four sounding alarms "were not a swamp, not a deep state," but instead were White House officials "who got concerned about this because this is not the way they want to see the government run, according to the report.
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