6 key takeaways from top intel official's testimony on whistleblower complaint

Thursday - 26/09/2019 19:24
Maguire, however, credited Trump for ultimately releasing a memo Wednesday detailing his conversation with Zelensky.



The nation's top intelligence official faced tough questions for hours on Capitol Hill Thursday over his handling of the whistleblower complaint centered on President Donald Trump's phone call with Ukraine's president that has triggered a political firestorm.

(MORE: Whistleblower feared Trump's call with Ukraine constituted 'flagrant' abuse of power, document says )

Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire defended both the whistleblower and his own initial refusal to turn the complaint over to Congress, an action Democrats say violated the law.

Democrats say the affair is grounds for impeachment because the call shows Trump tried to persuade a foreign leader -- Ukraine's president -- to interfere in a U.S.election by asking him to investigate a political opponent, former Vice President Joe Biden.

Trump has denied doing anything improper.
 

PHOTO: Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire is sworn in to testify before a House Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., Sept. 26, 2019.
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Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire is sworn in to testify before a House Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., Sept. 26, 2019.
 


Here are 6 key takeaways from Maguire's testimony before the House Intelligence Committee.

Unprecedented

Maguire's testimony characterized the scope of the national security whistleblower complaint regarding President Trump's July 25 phone call with Ukranian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy:

"Totally unprecedented," Maguire quickly emphasized.

 Keywords: Ukraine, Donald Trump

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