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What you need to know

  • “There was no quid pro quo”: President Trump, speaking at a news conference, denied that he tried to pressure Ukraine’s president “to do things that they wanted under the form of political threat,” adding that he didn’t threaten anyone.
  • Rough transcript: The White House released a rough transcript of President Trump’s phone call with the Ukraine’s leader. It shows Trump pushed Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden. You can read the White House transcript here.
  • The whistleblower complaint: The complaint, which deals, at least in part, with the phone call Trump had with the Ukrainian leader, was hand-delivered to Capitol Hill this afternoon for lawmakers to review.
  • Impeachment inquiry: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has announced a formal impeachment inquiry into President Trump.
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You can follow our live coverage of the whistleblower’s complaint and the Acting Director of National Intelligence’s testimony here.

What we know and don't know about the whistleblower and the complaint

A whistleblower complaint, which includes allegations about President Trump’s conduct, was hand-delivered to Capitol Hill this afternoon for lawmakers to review.

Few details have been released about the complaint, which was reviewed by lawmakers in a secured room.

Here’s what we know and don’t so far about the complaint and the whistleblower:

  • The whistleblower: This person has tentatively agreed to meet with Congressional lawmakers. But the whistleblower is not scheduled to appear before Congress, a source said. Lawmakers have not been told the identity of the whistleblower or where the complainant works in the government
  • About the complaint: The whistleblower’s complaint deals, at least in part, with a phone call Trump had with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on July 25. A transcript of the conversation released by the White House shows Trump repeatedly pushed Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter. There is no evidence of wrongdoing by either Joe or Hunter Biden. Sources so far have not shared what more may be contained in the still classified report.
  • What lawmakers are saying: Rep. Eric Swalwell disclosed that the whistleblower points to witnesses and other documents in the report. Swalwell described them as new leads that need to be investigated by lawmakers. Democratic Sen. Mike Quigley called the complaint “deeply disturbing,” saying it is “extraordinarily detailed” and “very, very well done.” He also said the complaint is “a blueprint for what we still need to know.”
  • What to expect tomorrow: Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire is set to testify before the House Intelligence Committee on tomorrow morning regarding the complaint. Maguire and Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson are scheduled to go behind closed doors with the Senate Intelligence Committee as well, according to a source familiar with the plans.

Trump attorney: There was no "quid pro quo" between the President and Ukraine

Jay Sekulow, an attorney for President Trump, told CNN’s Chris Cuomo that there was no quid pro quo when it came to the July call between the President and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

Sekulow made the comment tonight following the release of a White House transcript that shows Trump urging Zelensky to reopen an investigation into his potential 2020 rival, former Vice President Joe Biden and his son.

“On the issue of what we have on the transcript, I think it is important to understand we do not have a quid pro quo. In other words, I will do this, you do this. That is absent,” Sekulow said.

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