Whistleblower complaint concerns Trump talk with foreign leader: report

President TrumpDonald John TrumpNew Jersey incumbents steamroll progressive challengers in primaries Tucker Carlson ratchets up criticism of Duckworth, calls her a 'coward' Trump on Confederate flag: 'It's freedom of speech' MORE's conversation with a foreign leader is a part of the whistleblower complaint that prompted a standoff between Congress and the intelligence community, two former U.S. officials told The Washington Post.

An official in the U.S. intelligence community filed a formal whistleblower complaint after the president's conversation with the foreign leader involved a "promise," the Post reported.


A former official also told the Post the conversation took place over the phone. It is unknown which foreign leader the president was communicating with.

The Hill reached out to the White House for comment.

Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson notified the House Intelligence Committee after deciding it was of "urgent concern," and he was required to pass the information to the committee, the Post reported.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffDemocrats hit Trump for handling of Russian bounty allegations after White House briefing Voters must strongly reject the president's abuses by voting him out this November Democrats face tough questions with Bolton MORE (D-Calif.) has subpoenaed acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire to provide the complaint. Maguire is expected to appear at a committee hearing Thursday.

Maguire's general counsel Jason Klitenic has said the requirement to supply the whistleblower complaint only applies if it involves an intelligence community member. He said this complaint does not.

Sen. Brian SchatzBrian Emanuel SchatzOvernight Defense: Lawmakers demand answers on reported Russian bounties for US troops deaths in Afghanistan | Defense bill amendments target Germany withdrawal, Pentagon program giving weapons to police Senators push to limit transfer of military-grade equipment to police Hillicon Valley: Justice Department announces superseding indictment against WikiLeaks' Assange | Facebook ad boycott gains momentum | FBI sees spike in coronavirus-related cyber threats | Boston city government bans facial recognition technology MORE (D-Hawaii) tweeted that everyone "should want to get to the bottom of this."