McConnell says GOP Intelligence chairman wants to hold closed-door briefing on whistleblower complaint

The Senate Intelligence Committee is trying to schedule a briefing for this week on a whistleblower complaint reportedly involving President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump retweets personal attacks on Clinton, Pelosi, Abrams Biden swipes at Trump: 'Presidency is about a lot more than tweeting from your golf cart' GOP sues California over Newsom's vote-by-mail order MORE's action toward Ukraine. 
 
 
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"Chairman Burr has been working to get the intelligence community's inspector general before the committee this week to discuss the matter," McConnell said. 
 
"The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence has long worked on a bipartisan basis in secure settings out of the public spotlight to conduct critically important oversight of classified and sensitive matters, so I've been disappointed to see our colleague, the Democratic leader, choose to politicize the committee's ongoing efforts with respect to a recent whistleblower allegation," McConnell added, referring to Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerTrump slams Sessions: 'You had no courage & ruined many lives' Senate Democrats call on Trump administration to let Planned Parenthood centers keep PPP loans States, companies set up their own COVID-19 legal shields MORE (D-N.Y.). 
 
A GOP aide confirmed that Burr is working to set up a briefing for the panel with the intelligence community's inspector general and acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire. 
 
A briefing with the Senate Intelligence Committee would come after the inspector general, Michael Atkinson, declined to discuss the incidents contained in the whistleblower complaint during a meeting last week with the House Intelligence Committee.
 
The whistleblower complaint reportedly involves attempts by Trump to persuade Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump retweets personal attacks on Clinton, Pelosi, Abrams Biden swipes at Trump: 'Presidency is about a lot more than tweeting from your golf cart' How will COVID-19 affect the Hispanic vote come November? MORE or his son. Reports surfaced over the weekend that both Trump and his attorney Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiSunday shows preview: States begin to reopen even as some areas in US see case counts increase Moussaoui says he now renounces terrorism, bin Laden Democrats launch probe into Trump's firing of State Department watchdog, Pompeo MORE attempted to pressure Zelensky.
 
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffGrenell says intelligence community working to declassify Flynn-Kislyak transcripts Democrats call for probe into ouster of State Dept. watchdog GOP lawmakers say they don't want to put Steve King back on committees MORE (D-Calif.) said last week that the panel would consider a series of remedies to compel Maguire to share the complaint with Congress. 
 
Schumer, in a letter to McConnell on Monday, called for a hearing to be held on the whistleblower complaint and for Senate Republicans to issue a subpoena to force the administration to tun over the complaint to Congress. 
 
"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.