Chuck Schumer says he’s “even more worried about what happened” after reading whistleblower complaint
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said he was “more worried about what happened” after reading the whistleblower complaint this afternoon.
Schumer made these comments after emerging from the Senate Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility, or SCIF.
“Having read the documents in there, I’m even more worried about what happened than I was when I read the memorandum of the conversation,” the New York Democrat said.
Democrats reading the document say it backs up their commitment to their investigation. The move comes just hours after the White House released a rough transcript of a July 25 phone call that shows President Trump repeatedly pressed the leader of Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son.
The conversation between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is included in the whistleblower complaint, a source familiar with the situation said last week.
Trump has downplayed the significance of the complaint, claiming the whistleblower is partisan and his conversations with foreign leaders are “appropriate.”
During a news conference in New York, the President claimed the individual — who has not been identified — “didn’t have any first class or first rate or second tier information from what I understand.”
Ukraine’s president says he thought US would “only publish their part” of the call transcript
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said he thought the Trump administration would only publish the US side of the call.
“You and I read that they want to publish. I just thought that they would publish their part,” Zelensky told reporters today in New York.
Zelensky said he did not speak with President Trump before the release of the transcript from the July 25 call.
“I didn’t discuss it beforehand with Trump, we just shook hands yesterday,” Zelensky said. “I’m not against it… If a legal permission is required, I just don’t know the format.”
This Democratic senator just read the whistleblower complaint. He called it “deeply disturbing.”
Democratic Sen. Mike Quigley said he has reviewed the whistleblower complaint released this afternoon, calling it “deeply disturbing.”
Quigley said the complaint is “extraordinarily detailed” and “very, very well done.”
The Illinois senator went on to say that he thinks the complaint “reinforces the concerns that what we previously learned and I think it is a blueprint for what we still need to know.”
“It lays out exactly what Congress needs to investigate,” Quigley said.