House Intel member calls whistleblower complaint 'deeply disturbing'

Rep. Mike QuigleyMichael (Mike) Bruce QuigleyWomack to replace Graves on Financial Services subcommittee Preventing next pandemic requires new bill's global solutions Democrats introduce legislation to revise FDA requirements for LGBT blood donors MORE (D-Ill.), a member of the House Intelligence Committee, said Wednesday that the whistleblower complaint concerning President TrumpDonald John TrumpGiuliani goes off on Fox Business host after she compares him to Christopher Steele Trump looks to shore up support in Nebraska NYT: Trump had 7 million in debt mostly tied to Chicago project forgiven 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 GiulianiGiuliani goes off on Fox Business host after she compares him to Christopher Steele Teenager who filmed George Floyd's death to be honored 11 arrested after clashes at 'Jews for Trump' rally in New York MORE and Attorney General William BarrBill BarrPolice accountability board concludes that Seattle police officers used excessive force during encounters with protesters Trump hasn't asked Barr to open investigation into Bidens, McEnany says Seattle, Portland, NYC sue Trump administration over threat to pull federal money MORE to investigate 2020 presidential candidate Joe BidenJoe BidenGiuliani goes off on Fox Business host after she compares him to Christopher Steele Trump looks to shore up support in Nebraska Jeff Daniels narrates new Biden campaign ad for Michigan 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 SchiffIn our 'Bizarro World' of 2020 politics, the left takes a wrong turn Greenwald slams Schiff over Biden emails on Fox Hillicon Valley: DOJ accuses Russian hackers of targeting 2018 Olympics, French elections | Federal commission issues recommendations for securing critical tech against Chinese threats | House Democrats slam FCC over 'blatant attempt to help' Trump 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 BurrAs Trump downplayed the virus publicly, memo based on private briefings sparked stock sell-offs: NYT Hillicon Valley: Subpoenas for Facebook, Google and Twitter on the cards | Wray rebuffs mail-in voting conspiracies | Reps. raise mass surveillance concerns Bipartisan representatives demand answers on expired surveillance programs MORE (R-N.C.).