Community Inspector General for Intelligence Michael Atkinson in testimony from House of Representatives on President Trump's controversial phone call with his Ukrainian counterpart failed to explain what constituted the 18-day window between July 25 and August. 12 complaints – or when the culprit contacted Democrats' key staff, sources familiar with the testimony told Fox News.
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The High Democrat had earlier said that "we did not speak directly to the culprit," but later his office revised the statement saying that Schiff himself "did not know the person who pursued the perpetrators and did not meet or speak for any reason.
Sources familiar with Atkinson's closed doors, In a transcribed interview with members of the House Intelligence Committee, it was also stated that Atkinson had stated that he did not disclose the culprits. during this 1
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Atkinson revealed that his only contact knowledge was obtained from media reports, sources told.
that the culprit stated that he or she was a registered Democrat and had a prior is a position working relationship with a prominent Democrat politician. Attorneys at Compass Rose did not respond to requests for comment on this work history or no publicity about contact with Schiff's office.
Republicans criticized Schiff for failing to identify early contact with the DEPARTMENT committee, and President Trump goes so far as to say that Schiff may have "helped write" the complaint. Rep. John Ratcliffe said there was a conflicting conflict because the only organizations that could explain the contact were Schiff and his Democratic staff, who are also investigating.
Democrats oppose that Republican chambers are obsessed with the process, not the fundamental issue of asking the president in Ukraine to investigate the bids.
Turning attorneys, meanwhile, contend that the fan did not receive assistance from congressional sources in writing the complaint, which was a detailed nine-page document, including an appendix – a factor that could partially explain the 18-day window between the call Trump to President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky and filing a thorough complaint.
A complaint alleging that Trump pressured Zelensky to investigate Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden's deal with his son Hunter in the country sparked an official impeachment investigation last month.
Although the disclosure of contact information with Schiff's assistant aroused criticism about the HJP, Schiff's office denied that the Intelligence Committee had previously considered or received the complaint.
Atkinson's office conducted a preliminary investigation, which included interviews with several witnesses, to assess the merits of the complaint, sources said, including two perpetrators. One witness was described as having direct knowledge of the transcript process and behavior, Fox News reported.
In a statement after Friday's session with Inspector General, Schiff went back to the Republicans, saying that they "continued the strategy of dismissing the president. making the absurd assertion that because the culprit appealed to the committee seeking guidance, the committee could not investigate the complaint. "
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" If that were true, no culprit could contact Congress, and no committee could investigate, "Schiff said.
Adam Shaw contributed to this report.