01:24 - Source: CNN
Rep. says whistleblower complaint is 'deeply disturbing'
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The whistleblower complaint about President Donald Trump’s communications with the Ukrainian leader is “deeply troubling” and “quite disturbing,” a Democratic member of the House Intelligence Committee said Thursday.

“What I can tell you is that it is deeply troubling. It is quite disturbing. It lays out several elements of things that any member of Congress and, quite frankly, any American should be concerned about,” Rep. Val Demings, a Florida Democrat, told CNN’s John Berman on “New Day.”

The whistleblower complaint filed to the intelligence community inspector general containing the allegations about Trump’s conduct is still a mostly unknown document, even after it was sent to Congress on Wednesday afternoon.

Demings, who along with other lawmakers reviewed the complaint on Wednesday, said she could not discuss details of the classified complaint. The complaint has been declassifed and could be released as soon as Thursday morning, three sources told CNN.

Demings did note that “we all have to be suspicious of any deviation from norms for regular procedures and processes as it pertains to the storage of documents or official records.”

On Wednesday, The New York Times reported that the complaint includes concerns about how the White House handled the records of a July conversation between Trump and the Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in which Trump pressured Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter. There is no evidence of wrongdoing by either Joe or Hunter Biden.

In her CNN interview, Demings said the complaint “has multiple witnesses,” adding that “there is clearly a trail of evidence and witnesses that we can talk to and documents and other things that we can review” based on the document.