Graham: 'Imperative we find out which White House official talked to the whistleblower'

Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.), one of President TrumpDonald John TrumpFormer employees critique EPA under Trump in new report Fired State Department watchdog says Pompeo aide attempted to 'bully' him over investigations Virginia senator calls for Barr to resign over order to clear protests MORE’s most vocal allies in the Senate, on Thursday dismissed a whistleblower complaint that has led House Democrats to announce an impeachment inquiry but said it is “imperative” to determine which White House officials spoke with the anonymous whistleblower.

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“It is imperative we find out which White House official talked to the whistleblower and why. Why didn’t they lodge the complaint?” Graham tweeted Thursday.

“As to the other matters in complaint: Clearly a coordinated effort to take second-hand information to create a narrative damaging to the President. When I think of whistleblower complaints I generally think of someone with first-hand knowledge of the events in question,” he added.

 

Following the revelation of the complaint, which concerned a call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in which Trump discussed former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenFox News polls: Trump trails Biden in Ohio, Arizona and Wisconsin Kelly holds double-digit lead over McSally in Arizona: poll Obama calls for police reforms, doesn't address Trump MORE’s son Hunter, the White House released notes summarizing the call Wednesday morning.

The full whistleblower complaint was released to the House Intelligence Committee Wednesday before being made public Thursday morning.

In the complaint, the whistleblower said that they were told that senior White House officials intervened to “lock down” records of the phone call, and that White House officials were directed by White House lawyers to remove the electronic transcript from the computer system where they are customarily stored and put onto a separate system “that is otherwise used to store and handle classified information of an especially sensitive nature.”