Pelosi: Turn Over Whistleblower Complaint, Or Launch 'a Whole New Stage of Investigation'

By Susan Jones | September 23, 2019 | 9:58am EDT
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) (Photo by ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP/Getty Images)

(CNSNews.com) - In a "Dear Colleague" letter dated Sunday, Sept. 22, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire must give Congress the whistleblower complaint by the time he testifies on Thursday -- or else.

"If the Administration persists in blocking this whistleblower from disclosing to Congress a serious possible breach of constitutional duties by the President, they will be entering a grave new chapter of lawlessness which will take us into a whole new stage of investigation," Pelosi wrote.

Pelosi, to this point, has resisted calls by her caucus to impeach President Trump.

But recent disclosures that President Trump mentioned former Vice President Joe Biden in a July telephone call with the Ukraine president has stoked Democrat cries for impeachment.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), no ally of Pelosi, tweeted over the weekend: "At this point, the bigger national scandal isn’t the president’s lawbreaking behavior -- it is the Democratic Party’s refusal to impeach him for it."

Pelosi's letter reads as follows:

Dear Colleague,

On Thursday, Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire will appear before the House Intelligence Committee in an open hearing. At that time, we expect him to obey the law and turn over the whistleblower’s full complaint to the Committee. We also expect that he will establish a path for the whistleblower to speak directly to the House and Senate Intelligence Committees as required by law.

The Intelligence Community Inspector General, who was appointed by President Trump, has determined that the complaint is both of “urgent concern and credible,” and its disclosure “relates to one of the most significant and important of the Director of National Intelligence’s responsibilities to the American people.”

The Administration’s blocking of Acting DNI Maguire from providing Congress with the whistleblower complaint calls upon him to violate the federal statute, which unequivocally states that the DNI “shall” provide Congress this information. The Administration is endangering our national security and having a chilling effect on any future whistleblower who sees wrongdoing.

We must be sure that the President and his Administration are always conducting our national security and foreign policy in the best interest of the American people, not the President’s personal or political interest.

I am calling on Republicans to join us in insisting that the Acting DNI obey the law as we seek the truth to protect the American people and our Constitution.

This violation is about our national security. The Inspector General determined that the matter is “urgent” and therefore we face an emergency that must be addressed immediately.

If the Administration persists in blocking this whistleblower from disclosing to Congress a serious possible breach of constitutional duties by the President, they will be entering a grave new chapter of lawlessness which will take us into a whole new stage of investigation.

Thank you for your patriotism.

President Trump on Sunday confirmed that he had a "largely congratulatory" phone call in July with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky in which he mentioned "all of the corruption taking place." Trump said the two leaders discussed "the fact that we don't want our people like Vice President Biden and his son creating (he meant contributing) to the corruption already in the Ukraine."

Later, in Houston, Trump said "Vice President Biden did a terrible thing, the way he put it."

"And you know, he really made it -- it was an offer, it was beyond an offer. It was something where he said, I'm not going to give billions of dollars unless they remove this prosecutor. And they removed the prosecutor supposedly in one hour. The prosecutor was prosecuting the company of the son (Hunter Biden)…and you talk about something that should not have been said -- he just shouldn't have said that."

Trump said his conversation with the newly elected Ukrainian president "was perfect."

As for releasing a transcript of that call, as Biden and other Trump opponents have demanded, Trump said it's important for foreign leaders to know that their conversations will be protected and not "going out all over the world."

Nevertheless, Trump said he's "looking at" releasing the transcript, even though he doesn't "like the concept of it."

 

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