House Democrats are counting on their ability to obtain that Ukraine whistleblower report, whether through the director of national intelligence or not.
Following reports last week that a whistleblower filed a complaint about President Trump's communications with a foreign leader, which Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson marked as of "urgent concern," Democrats have been trying to get their hands on the complaint, and Politico reports that "if it's not turned over voluntarily," Democrats in the House of Representatives "believe it will be" leaked.
Reports since last week have suggested the complaint concerned a call with Ukraine's president, on which Trump reportedly pushed for an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden's son. Trump has defended the call, saying he brought up Biden's son to talk about "all of the corruption taking place" in Ukraine.
When Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee last week met with Atkinson, they weren't able to get a look at the complaint, with Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) saying acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire "has made the unprecedented decision not to share the complaint with Congress."
Now, Maguire himself is heading to Congress Thursday to testify before the House Intelligence Committee, at which point he'll be pushed about the release of the report. If that isn't to be, Democrats may be hoping someone takes matters into their own hands. As Politico notes that it's "hard to run an impeachment inquiry from news reports alone." Brendan Morrow