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**Breaking** Trump's communications w foreign leader part of controversial whistleblower complaint [View all]

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Trumpís communications with foreign leader are part of whistleblower complaint that spurred standoff between spy chief and Congress, former officials say

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/trumps-communications-with-foreign-leader-are-part-of-whistleblower-complaint-that-spurred-standoff-between-spy-chief-and-congress-former-officials-say/2019/09/18/df651aa2-da60-11e9-bfb1-849887369476_story.html

The whistleblower complaint that has triggered a tense showdown between the U.S. intelligence community and Congress involves President Trumpís communications with a foreign leader, according to two former U.S. officials familiar with the matter.

Trumpís interaction with the foreign leader included a ďpromiseĒ that was regarded as so troubling that it prompted an official in the U.S. intelligence community to file a formal whistleblower complaint with the inspector general for the intelligence community, said the officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly.

It was not immediately clear which foreign leader Trump was speaking with or what he pledged to deliver, but his direct involvement in the matter has not been previously disclosed. It raises new questions about the presidentís handling of sensitive information and may further strain his relationship with U.S. spy agencies. One former official said the communication was a phone call.

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