House Intel member calls whistleblower complaint 'deeply disturbing'

Rep. Mike QuigleyMichael (Mike) Bruce QuigleyHouse Democrats urge Pelosi to prioritize aid for gyms House Intel Democrats express doubts about completing Afghan evacuation by deadline Gyms, hotels, bus companies make last-ditch plea for aid MORE (D-Ill.), a member of the House Intelligence Committee, said Wednesday that the whistleblower complaint concerning President TrumpDonald TrumpCapitol fencing starts coming down after 'Justice for J6' rally Netanyahu suggests Biden fell asleep in meeting with Israeli PM Aides try to keep Biden away from unscripted events or long interviews, book claims 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."

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"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 GiulianiRoger Stone served with Capitol riot lawsuit during radio interview FEC finds Twitter didn't break law by blocking spread of Hunter Biden story Juan Williams: The toxic legacy of Trump's corruption MORE and Attorney General William BarrBill BarrVirginia governor's race enters new phase as early voting begins Clinton lawyer's indictment reveals 'bag of tricks' Attorney indicted on charge of lying to FBI as part of Durham investigation MORE to investigate 2020 presidential candidate Joe BidenJoe BidenCapitol fencing starts coming down after 'Justice for J6' rally Senate parliamentarian nixes Democrats' immigration plan Biden pushes back at Democrats on taxes MORE and Biden's son, according to a memo released by the White House earlier Wednesday. 

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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 SchiffOvernight Hillicon Valley — Hacking goes global Schiff calls on Amazon, Facebook to address spread of vaccine misinformation Spotlight turns to GOP's McCarthy in Jan. 6 probe 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 BurrEmboldened Trump takes aim at GOP foes NC Republican primary key test of Trump's sway The 19 GOP senators who voted for the T infrastructure bill MORE (R-N.C.).