Schumer says releasing transcript of Trump call falls short

Schumer says releasing transcript of Trump call falls short
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Senate Democratic Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerOvernight Health Care: Trump officials making changes to drug pricing proposal | House panel advances flavored e-cig ban | Senators press FDA tobacco chief on vaping ban Chad Wolf becomes acting DHS secretary Schumer blocks drug pricing measure during Senate fight, seeking larger action MORE (N.Y.) on Tuesday said releasing the transcript of a call between President TrumpDonald John TrumpButtigieg surges ahead of Iowa caucuses Biden leads among Latino Democrats in Texas, California Kavanaugh hailed by conservative gathering in first public speech since confirmation MORE and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky doesn’t go far enough and says Congress needs to see the whistleblower complaint the administration has held back.

“We need the complaint. We need the complaint of the whistleblower as sent to the IG,” Schumer said, referring to a complaint filed by an unnamed whistleblower to intelligence community Inspector General Michael Atkinson.

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“It’s nice to have the transcript. We don’t even know right now if the complaint is about the transcript, in part or in whole,” Schumer added. "And without the complaint, we don’t know what the IG thought was so urgent. We do not know what the whistleblower thought was so urgent.”

“So simply releasing the transcript does not come close to ending the need of the American public and the Congress to see what actually happened,” Schumer said.

He also questioned whether the administration would withhold portions considered classified.

Schumer made his comments at the start of a press conference about 20 minutes after Trump said he would release an unredacted transcript of the call.

Schumer said he would make a request for unanimous consent on the Senate floor to ask for a vote on a sense of the Senate resolution that the whistleblower complaint be sent to Congress.

Joseph Maguire, the acting director of national intelligence, has declined to provide the whistleblower complaint to Congress even though Democrats say he is required to do so under law.