Trump's interaction with the foreign leader included a "promise" that was regarded as so troubling that it prompted an official in the USA intelligence community to file a formal whistleblower complaint with the inspector general for the intelligence community, said the officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to discuss the matter publicly.
The controversy over the president's "promise" to a foreign leader during a phone call - and a whistleblower complaint about the matter - is a reminder of the acrimonious relationship between the president and those who work in the intelligence services.
Attorney Andrew Bakaj, a former Central Intelligence Agency officer, who is "one of the top experts on these issues" and a national security whistleblower himself will represent the official, according to Mark Zaid who runs a Washington law firm specializing in national security.
According to the newspaper, the complaint filed by a U.S. intelligence official stemmed from Trump's communications with a foreign leader and a "promise" allegedly made by the president.
Schiff said acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire will testify in an open session before the panel next week.
Because the acting intelligence director is claiming privileged information, Schiff said he believes the whistle-blower's complaint "likely involves the president or people around him".
A spokesperson for the DNI did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
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Schiff said that Macguire further argued that the complaint was about someone who was not within the intelligence community, and that the whistleblower statute thus did not apply.
He discussed the process for his handling of the whistleblower's concerns.
The complaint was filed with Atkinson's office on August 12, a date on which Trump was at his golf resort in New Jersey. According to Donald Trump, we shouldn't believe he extended a provocative "promise" to a foreign leader because the American president is far too smart to do something unsafe around witnesses. The disregard for the law, Schiff wrote, had led to the committee to conclude "that the serious misconduct at issue involves the President of the United States and/or other senior White House or administration officials". He is expected to testify publicly about the whistleblower complaint on September 26. The panel's chairman, Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., has demanded Maguire's testimony and a copy of the complaint.
Defenders of Maguire disputed that he is subverting legal requirements to protect Trump, saying that he is trapped in a legitimate legal predicament and that he has made his displeasure clear to officials at the Justice Department and White House.
A congressional source told Reuters the complaint was filed with the inspector general on August 12. "Although I believe and appreciate that the Acting DNI is acting in good faith", Atkinson wrote to Schiff, "[his] treatment of the complainant's alleged "urgent concern" does not appear to be consistent with past practice". "In the absence of the actions - and I want to thank the inspector general - in the absence of his actions in coming to our Committee, we might have never known there was a whistleblower complaint alleging an urgent concern".
One thing to note: Two people familiar with the matter cautioned that there are not readouts for every call the President makes - there are only official readouts for the official calls.
The Post reported that Trump interacted with at least five foreign leaders in the five weeks before the whistleblower filed their complaint: Russian President Vladimir Putin, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Pakistani prime minister Imran Khan, Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte, and Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, the emir of Qatar.