White House ‘tried to hide Trump’s Ukraine call transcript’

epa07869758 US President Donald J. Trump arrives to a press conference being held on the sidelines of the opening of the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, New York, USA, 25 September 2019. Democrats in the United States Congress announced they are beginning a formal impeachment inquiry as a result of a President Trump's actions on a phone call with the president of Ukraine. EPA-EFE/JASON SZENES

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Trump administration officials tried to “lock down” the transcript of the US president’s controversial phone call to Ukraine’s leader, according to a whistleblower’s report.

Lawmakers began reviewing a classified version of the complaint last night ahead of testimony today by acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire.

House Democrats who have read the document say it is ‘deeply disturbing.’

The whistleblower’s identity has not been made public.

The House intelligence committee has released a redacted version of a whistleblower complaint at the centre of the impeachment inquiry into Donald Trump.

It accuses Trump of “using the power of his office to solicit interference from a foreign country in the US 2020 election”.

Central to it is a phone call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky

Joseph Maguire, acting Director of National Security, is likely to face sharp questions from the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee

He’s expected to be asked to explain why he withheld these concerns for weeks

President Trump described the controversy in an all-capital-letters tweet as “the greatest scam in the history of American politics”


Via Sky News/ CBS

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