Published: Wed, October 09, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

White House official told whistleblower Trump Ukraine call was 'frightening'

White House official told whistleblower Trump Ukraine call was 'frightening'

President Donald Trump continued his criticism of top Democratic leaders on late October 6, alleging that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) may have committed treason and should be removed from office.

The president recently sharply criticized Schiff and even called for his arrest because he said he had distorted the content of his telephone conversation with Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky in July, TASS recalls.

"I guess that means that they, along with all of those that evilly "Colluded" with them, must all be immediately Impeached!", Trump concluded.

In recent weeks, Trump has targeted Pelosi and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) in his criticism after the House launched an impeachment inquiry into the president over accusations that he was leveraging from his office by asking Ukraine to investigate "dirt" on 2020 candidate Joe Biden during a call in July.

Trump has attacked Schiff for his characterization of a call the president held with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy and he has said, without evidence, that Schiff helped draft a whistleblower complaint at the heart of the inquiry.

Members of Congress can not be impeached, but the Constitution says each House of Congress "may determine the Rules of its proceedings, punish its members for disorderly behavior, and, with the concurrence of two-thirds, expel a member".

House rules and precedents are not being followed, says Arizona Congressman Andy Biggs, Republican member of the House Judiciary Committee.

During that conversation, Trump asked Zelensky whether officials could look into why a Ukranian prosecutor was sacked while they were investigating an energy company upon which Joe Biden's son, Hunter, served as a board member. President Donald Trump has also argued that this contact was illegal.

This week a second intelligence official is thought to be considering filing a formal whistleblower complaint about Trump's dealings with Ukraine. This week a second whistleblower has come forward with what that person's lawyer describes as first-hand knowledge.

Portman told reporters Monday that he did not know Trump was seeking an investigation into the Bidens until September 11, soon after House Democrats announced they were examining a connection between a requested investigation and the hold-up in distributing aid to Ukraine.

The staff of the committee told the whistleblower to reach out to the intelligence community inspector general and seek legal counsel, according to a statement from Patrick Boland, a spokesman for Schiff.

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