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Whistleblower Complaint Released. Acting Director Of National Intelligence Questioned. Now What?




Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire Testifies Before House Intelligence Committee
Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire Testifies Before House Intelligence Committee
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The secret whistleblower complaint at the center of Congress' impeachment inquiry alleges that President Donald Trump abused the power of his office to "solicit interference from a foreign country" in next year's U.S. election. The White House then tried to "lock down" the information to cover it up, the complaint says.

The 9-page document was released Thursday ahead of testimony to House investigators from Joseph Maguire, the acting director of national intelligence, who acknowledged that the complaint alleged serious wrongdoing by the president but insisted that it was not his role to judge whether the allegations were credible or not. Maguire said he was unfamiliar with any other whistleblower complaint in American history that "touched on such complicated and sensitive issues." The document, with its precise detail and clear narrative, will likely accelerate the impeachment process and put more pressure on Trump to rebut its core contentions and on his fellow Republicans to defend him. Trump insisted anew that it is all political. House Democrats who are now mulling Trump's impeachment pressed Maguire to explain why he withheld the intelligence community whistleblower's complaint from Congress for weeks. He insisted he followed the law. Larry sits down with intelligence experts to discuss the issue.

With files from the Associated Press 

Guests:

Wendy Benjaminson, politics editor for Bloomberg; she tweets @wbenjaminson

Daniel Lippman, White House reporter for Politico; he tweets @dlippman

R.P. Eddy, chairman of the New York-based intelligence firm, Ergo, former director of the White House National Security Council and bestselling author; he tweets @RPEddy

Irvin McCulloughnational security analyst for the Government Accountability Project, a protection and advocacy organization that represents whistleblowers; he tweets @mcculloughirvin

Robert Turner, law professor and distinguished fellow with the Center for National Security Law at the University of Virginia

Gil Cisneros, Democratic Congressman representing California’s 39th District, including Fullerton, Diamond Bar and La Habra; wrote an op-ed with six other freshman representatives condemning President Trump’s actions