Top Senate Intelligence Democrat says Maguire, inspector general to brief panel Thursday

Aaron Schwartz

Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire and Michael Atkinson, the intelligence community inspector general, will meet with the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday, according to the top Democrat on the panel.

Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) told reporters on Tuesday that the two men will brief the Senate committee separately in the wake of a whistleblower complaint reportedly linked to President Trump’s actions toward Ukraine.

{mosads}A spokeswoman for committee Chairman Richard Burr (R-N.C.) declined to comment beyond a Monday statement that the GOP senator was working to set up briefings. The Senate Intelligence Committee has two closed-door briefings on its calendar for Thursday.

Atkinson met with the House Intelligence Committee last week. Though he disclosed that the whistleblower complaint was based on multiple incidents, he would not discuss its details with lawmakers.

Maguire is also expected to testify before the House Intelligence Committee on Thursday.

The whistleblower complaint and reports that Trump and his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani pressed Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son have fueled new impeachment calls from Democrats.

Democrats are also clamoring for administration officials to turn over the whistleblower complaint to Congress, which they’ve refused to do.

Asked on Tuesday if he thought lawmakers would have the complaint by the time they have the two briefings later in the week, Warner demurred, saying they “are still working through” issues.

Updated at 12:42 p.m.

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