The Washington Post said on Wednesday that Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson determined that the complaint was credible and troubling enough to be considered a matter of "urgent concern", a threshold that requires notification of congressional committees.
The Intelligence Community's Inspector General, Michael Atkinson, received the complaint on August 12 and passed it to Maguire on August 26, according to Schiff's letter to Maguire.
In closing, Garber said that if Congress takes this to court, which we have seen time and again, it would be on "very shaky ground given that the information it is seeking relates to the President's authority to conduct diplomacy and nearly certainly will be considered diplomatic, national security, and/or military in nature".
"Given the pressing responsibilities to which the DNI is devoted this week, he is not available on such short notice", Klitenic's letter reads.
President Donald Trump says he would never say anything "inappropriate" on a call with a foreign leader.
The story regarded a whistleblower complaint that "triggered a tense showdown between the USA intelligence community and Congress". According to Donald Trump, we shouldn't believe he extended a provocative "promise" to a foreign leader because the American president is far too smart to do something unsafe around witnesses.
He added that, "I would only do what is right anyway".
The government's intelligence watchdog is set to testify in a closed session before the House intelligence committee about the handling of a whistleblower complaint.
The inspector general for the US intelligence community met privately Thursday with the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence amid an escalating dispute over a whistleblower complaint about a phone call between President Trump and an unnamed foreign leader. The communication was a phone call, one former official said, according to the Post.
Trump responded to the report, which has since been confirmed by the Wall Street Journal and NBC News, on Twitter, calling the story "Fake News" and asking if anyone "is dumb enough to believe that I would say something inappropriate with a foreign leader while on such a potentially "heavily populated" call".
Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire has so far refused to share any details of the complaint with lawmakers, leading to an outcry among Democrats. He is expected to testify publicly about the whistleblower complaint on September 26.
Trump's handling of classified information has been a source of concern to United States intelligence officials since the outset of his presidency. "The committee's recent experience has heightened concern of improper White House efforts to influence your office and the intelligence community", Schiff wrote in the letter to Maguire.
Schiff has demanded full disclosure of the whistleblower complaint.
According to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence's letter Tuesday to Schiff, obtained by CNN, the complaint does not involve anyone in the intelligence community but rather "stakeholders within the Executive Branch". There really was a complaint filed by an intelligence community whistleblower.
Maguire's refusal to turn over the requested material is, according to Schiff, believed to be the first time the DNI has sought to overrule the inspector general and withhold a complaint from Congress.
"This complaint, however, concerned conduct by someone outside the Intelligence Community and did not relate to any "intelligence activity" under the DNI's supervision", Klitenic added.
Because we don't know what the complaint entails, it's hard to evaluate this claim.