House Intel member calls whistleblower complaint 'deeply disturbing'

Rep. Mike QuigleyMichael (Mike) Bruce QuigleyTransgender detainees need protection — a letter from lawmakers doesn't provide it Lawmakers to call on ICE to release all transgender detainees House votes to impeach Trump MORE (D-Ill.), a member of the House Intelligence Committee, said Wednesday that the whistleblower complaint concerning President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump rails against impeachment in speech to Texas farmers Trump administration planning to crack down on 'birth tourism': report George Conway on Trump adding Dershowitz, Starr to legal team: 'Hard to see how either could help' MORE's interactions with the leader of Ukraine is "deeply disturbing."

The Illinois congressman made the comments shortly after the House Intelligence Committee reviewed documents from a whistleblower at the center of an escalating controversy within the Trump administration. 

Appearing on CNN, Quigley said that the complaint was the "political equivalent" of Trump saying during the 2016 campaign that he could "shoot somebody on the street and his base would stay with him."


"I guess what I read to me was the political equivalent of that. Defying the Constitution, committing a criminal act and thinking I can get away with it," he said. 

Quigley noted that the documents were still classified and he could not offer any specific details regarding their contents. But he added that the complaint was "extraordinarily detailed" and "very well done."

"It 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, later emphasizing the "courage" the whistleblower showed in addressing this situation. 

The complaint focuses at least in part on Trump's conversations with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Trump in a July 25 phone call pressured Zelensky to work with his personal attorney Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiGOP senator 'open' to impeachment witnesses 'within the scope' of articles Sunday shows - All eyes on Senate impeachment trial Trump Jr.: If 'weaker' Republicans only call for certain witnesses, 'they don't deserve to be in office' MORE and Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrDems plan marathon prep for Senate trial, wary of Trump trying to 'game' the process Pentagon to place new restrictions, monitoring on foreign military students Parnas: Environment around Trump 'like a cult' MORE to investigate 2020 presidential candidate Joe BidenJoe BidenNYT editorial board endorses Warren, Klobuchar for Democratic nomination for president Trump rails against impeachment in speech to Texas farmers Biden breaks away from 2020 pack in South Carolina MORE and Biden's son, according to a memo released by the White House earlier Wednesday. 


A source familiar with the complaint confirmed to The Hill that it concerns Trump’s conversations with Ukraine's leader.

The request occurred around the same time that Trump delayed hundreds of millions of dollars in military aid to Ukraine, raising speculation as to whether he use the aid as part of a quid pro quo. Trump has denied discussing military aid in his conversations with the Ukrainian leader. 

While the White House released a partial transcript of a late July phone call, acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire has so far barred all of Congress from gaining access to the documents. He said in a statement Tuesday evening that he would handle the complaint "appropriately." 

The House and Senate Intelligence committees have been in correspondence with the whistleblower's attorney this week. House Intelligence Committee chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffDemocrats worry a speedy impeachment trial will shut out public Schiff huddles in Capitol with impeachment managers Trump defenders argue president can't be removed for abuse of power MORE (D-Calif.) said Tuesday that the panel was in touch with the whistleblower's counsel and that the figure was willing to meet with members.

The complaint has also been reviewed by Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard BurrRichard Mauze BurrHillicon Valley: Apple, Barr clash over Pensacola shooter's phone | Senate bill would boost Huawei alternatives | DHS orders agencies to fix Microsoft vulnerability | Chrome to phase out tracking cookies Senators offer bill to create alternatives to Huawei in 5G tech Voting machine vendors to testify on election security MORE (R-N.C.).