Whistleblower complaint based on multiple incidents; watchdog won't disclose info

Source: The Hill | September 19, 2019 | Chris Mills Rodrigo,Olivia Beavers and Mike Lillis

The whistleblower complaint reportedly involving a discussion between President Trump and a foreign leader was based on more than one incident, said a Democratic lawmaker who attended the House Intelligence Committee’s closed-door meeting Thursday with the intelligence community’s inspector general.

Lawmakers said the inspector general, Michael Atkinson, declined to share incidents during the meeting. 

“He didn’t talk about anything about the allegations, where he was very protective,” said Intelligence Rep. Mike Quigley (D-Ill.). “But he did mention that this complaint was based on a series of events, ‘more than one’ to get the exact wordage right.”

Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) also told The Hill that Atkinson did not talk about the contents of the whistleblower complaint during the private session with lawmakers. 

Atkinson was “very careful” about what he said, Stewart said.

Two people familiar with Atkinson’s appearance first told The New York Times that Atkinson repeatedly declined to share details with lawmakers and that he would not confirm or deny anything about the substance of the complaint. 

The Washington Post late Wednesday first reported that a whistleblower filed a complaint with Atkinson after Trump made a troubling “promise” to a foreign leader during an interaction.

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