Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerSenators weigh future of methane fee in spending bill Biden hopes for deal on economic agenda before Europe trip The Senate is setting a dangerous precedent with Iron Dome funding MORE (D-N.Y.) demanded on Monday that Republicans investigate a whistleblower complaint believed to concern President TrumpDonald TrumpYoungkin ad features mother who pushed to have 'Beloved' banned from son's curriculum White House rejects latest Trump claim of executive privilege Democrats say GOP lawmakers implicated in Jan. 6 should be expelled MORE's call to Ukraine's leader, including holding a hearing and issuing a subpoena.
"In the face of this dire warning and the Trump Administration’s effort to cover it up, the Republican-led Senate has remained silent and submissive, shying away from this institution’s constitutional obligation to conduct oversight," Schumer wrote.
Schumer, in his letter to McConnell, wants Senate Republicans to hold a hearing about the whistleblower complaint, including having acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire, acting Office of Management and Budget Director Russell Vought and Secretary of State Mike PompeoMike PompeoObama looks to give new momentum to McAuliffe The CIA's next mission: Strategic competition with China and Russia Biden, Trump tied in potential 2024 match-up: poll MORE testify before a Senate committee.
Members of the House Intelligence Committee received a briefing last week from the intelligence community's inspector general but did not receive information about the complaint's contents. Maguire has refused to provide the information to the committee or comply with House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffAll eyes on Garland after Bannon contempt vote House votes to hold Bannon in contempt of Congress The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Altria - Manchin heatedly dismisses rumors of leaving Democratic Party MORE's (D-Calif.) request that he hand over the complaint.
Schumer also wants the White House to identify which official sought to delay $250 million in aid to Ukraine and for Trump to release the transcript of his call with Zelensky.
The White House has, so far, not released a transcript of the call. Trump suggested on Sunday that the topic of discussion during his call with Zelensky “was largely the fact that we don't want our people like Vice President BidenJoe BidenOvernight Energy & Environment — Presented by American Clean Power — Methane fee faces negotiations White House rejects latest Trump claim of executive privilege The No Surprises Act: a bill long overdue MORE and his son [contributing] to the corruption already in the Ukraine.”
Senate Republicans have for the most part remained silent about the whistleblower complaint and the ongoing battle between House Democrats and the White House for it to be shared with Congress.
But Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamThune endorses Herschel Walker in Georgia Senate race Pennsylvania Republican becomes latest COVID-19 breakthrough case in Congress McCain: Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner had 'no goddamn business' attending father's funeral MORE (R-S.C.) urged Trump to release more details about his call with Zelensky.
“I would urge him to continue to be as transparent as possible and tell us as much as he can without compromising executive privilege so that we can understand what happened,” he said during a radio interview with Hugh Hewitt on Monday.