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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 Trump Pence said he's 'proud' Congress certified Biden's win on Jan. 6 Americans put the most trust in their doctor for COVID-19 information: poll OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Biden administration to evacuate Afghans who helped US l Serious differences remain between US and Iran on nuclear talks l US, Turkish officials meet to discuss security plans for Afghan airport MORE's action toward Ukraine. 
 
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellRevs. Jesse Jackson, William Barber arrested in protest urging Manchin to nix filibuster On The Money: Biden announces bipartisan deal on infrastructure, but Democratic leaders hold out for more McConnell slams Biden for already 'caving' to left on infrastructure deal MORE (R-Ky.) disclosed during a Senate floor speech on Monday that Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard BurrRichard Mauze BurrBill ending federal unemployment supplement passes North Carolina legislature Burr on 'unusual' Trump endorsement in NC Senate race: 'I can't tell you what motivates him' Centrists gain foothold in infrastructure talks; cyber attacks at center of Biden-Putin meeting MORE (R-N.C.) has been working to get a closed-door meeting on the books for this week. 
 
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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 SchumerChuck SchumerDemocrats seek to calm nervous left Biden says he won't sign bipartisan bill without reconciliation bill The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Senators, White House to meet on potential infrastructure deal 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 Biden Pence said he's 'proud' Congress certified Biden's win on Jan. 6 Americans put the most trust in their doctor for COVID-19 information: poll US to give Afghanistan 3M doses of J&J vaccine MORE or his son. Reports surfaced over the weekend that both Trump and his attorney Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiTrump allies urge judge to throw out Dominion defamation suits Trump compares Giuliani to Eliot Ness, rips NY decision New York Supreme Court suspends Giuliani's law license MORE attempted to pressure Zelensky.
 
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffDemocratic lawmakers not initially targeted in Trump DOJ leak probe: report Sunday shows - Voting rights, infrastructure in the spotlight Schiff calls Iranian presidential election 'predetermined' 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.