Whistle-blower shocked after listening to Trump's conversation with Zelensky.


The official who listened to the phone conversation between U.S. President Donald Trump and Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky called it "crazy" and "frightening", as The New York Times reported.

The official was “visibly shaken by what had transpired,” the C.I.A. officer wrote in his memo, one day after Mr. Trump pressured President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine in a July 25 phone call to open investigations that would benefit him politically.

According to the C.I.A. officer, the transcript of the dialogue shows at least one communication with a White House official, which helped to make a complaint about Trump's pressure on Ukraine to investigate Biden's case.

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“The official stated that there was already a conversation underway with White House lawyers about how to handle the discussion because, in the official’s view, the president had clearly committed a criminal act by urging a foreign power to investigate a U.S. person for the purposes of advancing his own re-election bid in 2020,” the C.I.A. officer wrote.

The whistle-blower, who relied on “multiple U.S. government officials” for his complaint, said that Mr. Trump was "using the power of his office to solicit interference from a foreign country in the 2020 U.S. election."

Much of the whistle-blower's memo comports with the content of the record, however, the C.I.A. officer has got only highlights of the information as he spoke for a few minuted to the official. The memo consists of key aspects of the conversation between the state leaders, including Trump's request to investigate the case of Joe Hunter and his son Hunter Biden while being the director in Burisma company.

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In submitting his complaint, the whistle-blower identified three facts that could be used to accuse him of potential bias against Mr. Trump, the documents showed. Two were redacted. The third indicated that the whistle-blower is a registered Democrat.

Still, the whistle-blower’s political affiliation and the other facts, should they become public, could fuel arguments from Mr. Trump and his Republican allies that his actions were politically motivated or that his political views colored how he assessed a string of actions he heard about from other government officials and then summarized in his complaint.

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