Whistleblower complaint concerns Trump talk with foreign leader: report

President TrumpDonald TrumpRealClearPolitics reporter says Freedom Caucus shows how much GOP changed under Trump Jake Ellzey defeats Trump-backed candidate in Texas House runoff DOJ declines to back Mo Brooks's defense against Swalwell's Capitol riot lawsuit 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 SchiffOfficers offer harrowing accounts at first Jan. 6 committee hearing Live coverage: House panel holds first hearing on Jan. 6 probe Five things to watch as Jan. 6 panel begins its work 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 SchatzOn The Money: Stocks fall as COVID-19 fears rattle market | Schumer sets infrastructure showdown | Dems struggle to sell agenda The Hill's Morning Report - Surging COVID-19 infections loom over US, Olympics Democrats ramp up spending sales pitch MORE (D-Hawaii) tweeted that everyone "should want to get to the bottom of this."