After a whistleblower’s complaint against President Trump was delivered to Congress on Wednesday, several top Democrats who reviewed it described the contents as damning — and said that it reinforces their calls for his impeachment.
“I found the allegations deeply disturbing. I also found them very credible,” House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., told reporters. “I want to thank the whistleblower for coming forward. I think what this courageous individual has done has exposed serious wrongdoing.”
The White House, which had initially blocked the release of the complaint to Congress, delivered the still-classified complaint to Capitol Hill on Wednesday afternoon. The release of the document, which was mandated by law, came hours after the administration made public a summary of a July 25 phone call in which Trump urged Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden, who served until earlier this year on the board of a Ukrainian energy company. The call between the two leaders was reportedly part of what prompted the whistleblower’s complaint against Trump.
Rep. Mike Quigley, D-Ill., compared the whistleblower’s description of Trump’s behavior to his infamous boast during the 2016 campaign that he could “stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody” without losing the support of his base.
“I guess what I read, to me, was the political equivalent of that — defying the Constitution,” Quigley told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer. “Committing a criminal act and thinking, ‘Well, I could get away with that’ — some sort of bizarre cult of personality.”
“It’s extraordinarily detailed,” Quigley, who sits on the House Intelligence Committee, continued. “And it’s very, very well done.”