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Trump knew about whistleblower's complaint while withholding aid to Ukraine

Lawyers from the White House counsel's office briefed Trump on the complaint and explained that they were attempting to ascertain whether they were legally obligated to give it to Congress
15:05, 28 November 2019

The New York Times

U.S. President Donald Trump was briefed on the whistleblower complaint when he released military aid to Ukraine in September, CNN reports, citing The New York Times.

According to the people, who are familiar with the matter, lawyers from the White House counsel's office briefed Trump on the complaint and explained that they were attempting to ascertain whether they were legally obligated to give it to Congress.
 
House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff made it clear that whistleblower won't be testifying in the impeachment inquiry, arguing that the individual's testimony would be "redundant and unnecessary".
 

House Republicans earlier Saturday had submitted a list of witnesses to Democrats that they'd like to testify as part of the chamber's impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump and Ukraine. The list included the whistleblower and former Vice President Joe Biden's son Hunter Biden.

As we reported earlier, Whistleblower, whose complaint document triggered the House impeachment inquiry of U.S. President Donald Trump, is getting attacked. That is why his lawyer has sent a letter to the White House warning the President to "cease and desist" attacking his client.

"I am writing out of deep concern that your client, the President of the United States, is engaging in rhetoric and activity that places my client, the Intelligence Community Whistleblower, and their family in physical danger," Andrew Bakaj (whistleblower's lawyer - ed.) wrote to White House counsel Pat Cipollone.

Related: U.S. refuses to investigate Ukraine's military aid delay

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