The intelligence community inspector general found that the whistleblower who leveled explosive allegations against President Trump concerning his phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky showed indications of "political bias" and was "in favor of a rival political candidate", a new document shows. The OLC determined that the complaint, though, "does not involve an "urgent concern" and does not require that the director of national intelligence "transmit the complaint to the intelligence committees".
The Justice Department "reviewed the official record of the call and determined, based on the facts and applicable law, that there was no campaign finance violation and that no further action was warranted", the spokesperson Kerri Kupec said in statement.
The DOJ has not reached such a determination.
Barely 100 days into his tenure, Zelenskiy is in a delicate spot after the phone call with Trump, the leader of one of Ukraine's most steadfast allies.
Senator Chris Murphy said Wednesday morning that Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky had been "very confused" over whether he should listen to the communications he received from the US embassy or to President Donald Trump's "campaign advisers". That Biden stopped the prosecution and a lot of people want to find out about that so whatever you can do with the Attorney General would be great. "It sounds frightful to me".
Ethics experts have said that Biden's son's decision to serve on the board of the Ukrainian energy company Burisma created bad optics for the former vice president. Democratic lawmakers have argued that such a request would constitute an abuse of presidential power.
The call came after Trump ordered the government to freeze the aid.
Ukraine's president Volodymyr Zelensky and his United States counterpart Donald Trump have at least one thing in common - both were political novices before being elected. "If you look at what Biden did, Biden did what they [Democrats] would like to have me do", Trump sputtered in the clip.
Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the US House of Representatives, on Tuesday launched impeachment proceedings against Trump amid questions about whether the president used his nation's foreign policy for personal political gain, bringing Ukraine-US relations under the spotlight. "The issue of the investigation of the case is actually the issue to restore the honesty so we will take care of that and we will work on the investigation of the case".
"The events surrounding the whistleblower complaint are the final straw in a series of troubling and disconcerting actions by President Trump and his administration". The Attorney General has not communicated with Ukraine - on this or any other subject.