The whistleblower complaint detailing President Donald Trump’s communications with Ukraine was declassified and made public on Thursday and with it some pretty damning allegations.
“In the course of my official duties, I have received information from multiple U.S. government officials that the President of the United States is using the power of his office to solicit interference from a foreign country in the 2020 U.S. election,” the whistleblower wrote.
“The President’s personal lawyer [and former NYC Mayor] Mr. Rudolph Giuliani is a central figure in this effort. Attorney General [William] Barr appears to be involved as well.”
Murmurs about the whistleblower complaint sparked a firestorm in the nation’s capital, especially as, over the weekend, Trump admitted that he and Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky had discussed former Vice President and potential 2020 rival Joe Biden during a July phone call.
“No quid pro quo, there was nothing,” Trump claimed at the time. “It was a perfect conversation.”
A transcript of that phone call later showed that Trump did indeed press Zelensky to investigate Biden.
In the fall out of all of this, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) announced that a formal impeachment inquiry against the controversial president, will indeed begin.
“The actions taken to date by the president have seriously violated the Constitution,” Pelosi said after a meeting of House Democrats at the Capitol earlier this week. “Mr. Trump must be held accountable. No one is above the law.”
The White House had initially refused to hand over a copy of the complaint to the members of Congress, further ruffling feathers, especially among House Democrats. However, ultimately, the administration turned a copy of the complaint over to the House and Senate Intelligence Committees on Wednesday.
Read the full complaint below: