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Trump Rails Against Whistleblower, Impeachment Inquiry.

Summary: TEHRAN (FNA)- President Donald Trump on Saturday lashed out against House Democrats' impeachment inquiry while blasting the US intelligence community whistleblower whose complaint has helped fuel the probe.

Trump asserted in a tweet that the whistleblower's complaint was "way off" and claimed that key Democrats didn't think he would release a transcript of his call with the Ukrainian president, which sparked the scrutiny, The Hill reported.

"The so-called Whistleblower's account of my perfect phone call is 'way off', not even close," he tweeted.

"Schiff and Pelosi never thought I would release the transcript of the call. Got them by surprise, they got caught," Trump added, referring to House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) and Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), saying that "this is a fraud against the American people!"

Pelosi last week announced that Democrats would launch a formal impeachment inquiry into Trump over his dealings with Ukraine. The probe is being handled by the House Intelligence, Foreign Affairs, and Oversight and Reform committees.

The inquiry is largely centered around the whistleblower complaint filed over Trump's dealings with Ukraine. The complaint alleged that Trump tried to seek foreign help in the 2020 election, including by pushing Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and the Democratic presidential candidate's son Hunter Biden.

The White House released a rough transcript of the July 25 call that matched key details from the whistleblower complaint. Trump was quoted in the memo as asking Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to "look into" the former vice president. Trump this week also publicly encouraged Ukraine and China to launch probes into Biden.

House Democrats have ramped up their impeachment probe in recent days, issuing a subpoena on Friday for Ukraine-related documents from the White House and issuing a request for similar information from Vice President Mike Pence.

"We deeply regret that President Trump has put us--and the nation--in this position, but his actions have left us with no choice but to issue this subpoena," Schiff, in addition to Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) and Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.), wrote to acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney on Friday.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had already received a subpoena. He stated on Saturday that he has made contact with the committees on the matter. A Foreign Affairs Committee official confirmed that the panel had been contacted but noted that Pompeo missed the Friday deadline for documents.

It comes after The New York Times reported that a second intelligence official was considering whether to file their own whistleblower complaint over concerns about the president's dealings with Ukraine. The person reportedly has more direct information than the first whistleblower, who did not have direct knowledge but cited "multiple White House officials with direct knowledge".

The American leader also took aim at a second unnamed intelligence official who is reportedly considering filing a complaint against Trump and testifying before Congress about the president's contacts with Ukraine's president on Saturday.

Trump tweeted that the official, whose identity remains a secret, was a member of the "deep state" conspiracy he has argued is working to undermine his presidency.

Republicans have argued that the first whistleblower, who met with a member of Adam Schiff's congressional staff before filing a complaint, is a partisan operative who did not have first-hand knowledge of Trump's conversations.

Trump also compared his impeachment inquiry to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's email scandal Saturday afternoon.

"So Crooked Hillary Clinton can delete and acid wash 33,000 emails AFTER getting a Subpoena from the United States Congress, but I can't make one totally appropriate telephone call to the President of Ukraine? Witch Hunt!" Trump tweeted.

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Date:Oct 6, 2019
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