Whistleblower complaint concerns Trump talk with foreign leader: report

President TrumpDonald John TrumpBusiness school deans call for lifting country-specific visa caps Bolton told ex-Trump aide to call White House lawyers about Ukraine pressure campaign: report Federal prosecutors in New York examining Giuliani business dealings with Ukraine: report 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 SchiffEx-Trump aide on Russia testifies for 10 hours as part of impeachment inquiry Overnight Defense — Presented by Boeing — Trump to slap sanctions on Turkey for Syria offensive | Trump calls on Turkey to broker ceasefire | Pelosi, Graham seek deal on sanctions | Ex-Trump aide testifies in impeachment probe GOP rep says he was kicked out of Trump aide's deposition 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 SchatzNBA draws bipartisan backlash over China response Federal aid is reaching storm-damaged communities too late Impeachment threatens to drown out everything MORE (D-Hawaii) tweeted that everyone "should want to get to the bottom of this."