Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee are pressing Chairman Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamTrump pushes back on book claims, says he spent 'virtually no time' discussing election with Lee, Graham The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden meets with lawmakers amid domestic agenda panic The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Alibaba - House Democrats plagued by Biden agenda troubles MORE (R-S.C.) to call Attorney General William BarrBill BarrTrump pushes back on book claims, says he spent 'virtually no time' discussing election with Lee, Graham Woodward: Milley was 'setting in motion sensible precautions' with calls to China Barr-Durham investigation again fails to produce a main event MORE and other senior officials to testify about President TrumpDonald TrumpTexas announces election audit in four counties after Trump demand Schumer sets Monday showdown on debt ceiling-government funding bill Pennsylvania AG sues to block GOP subpoenas in election probe MORE's actions on Ukraine.
In a letter to Graham, the 10 Democrats on the panel argued that the committee has "an important leadership role to play" as lawmakers dig into a whistleblower complaint and the July 25 phone call in which Trump urged Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to look into former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTexas announces election audit in four counties after Trump demand Pennsylvania AG sues to block GOP subpoenas in election probe House passes sweeping defense policy bill MORE.
They also want White House counsel Pat Cipollone to testify about the White House's use of nondisclosure agreements and for Inspectors General Michael Atkinson and Michael Horowitz, the top watchdogs for the intelligence community and the Justice Department, respectively, to testify.
Trump, according to The Los Angeles Times, slammed officials who helped the whistleblower and appeared to compare their behavior to treason while speaking during a private event in New York last week.
"Who’s the person who gave the whistleblower the information? Because that’s close to a spy. You know what we used to do in the old days when we were smart? Right? The spies and treason, we used to handle it a little differently than we do now," Trump said.
The president ramped up his criticism of the whistleblower on Monday, saying the White House is "trying to find out" the person's identity.