The Post said an intelligence official found it “so troubling” that he or she was prompted to file a whistleblower complaint on August 12 with the inspector general, Michael Atkinson.
Atkinson concluded that the complaint was credible enough to be considered an “urgent concern.” Atkinson will testify on Capitol Hill Thursday in a closed-door hearing.
Mr. Trump denied that he said anything inappropriate to a foreign leader, writing on Twitter Thursday that the Post report was “Fake News.”
“Another Fake News story out there – It never ends! Virtually anytime I speak on the phone to a foreign leader, I understand that there may be many people listening from various U.S. agencies, not to mention those from the other country itself. No problem!” Mr. Trump wrote.
Maguire said he determined the allegations did not merit “urgent concern,” and since they relate to a person outside the intelligence community, he is not required to pass them along to Capitol Hill.
Schiff pointed out that this is the first time a Director of National Intelligence has overruled a determination from the inspector general, and raised concerns that the refusal may be a sign of a cover-up to protect the president.