According to Press TV, the complaint by the individual from within the US intelligence community alleges that the president solicited interference by Ukraine in the 2020 election for his own political benefit.
On September 24, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the launch of a formal impeachment inquiry into Trump over his July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
During the call, Trump allegedly sought Ukraine’s help to smear the former vice president and current front-runner for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, Joe Biden.
On Sunday evening, Trump took to Twitter, railing against the whistleblower and other individuals, including Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), and warning of “big consequences” of “spying on the US president.”
Schiff said Sunday that Congress is determined to get access to Trump’s phone calls with Russian President Vladimir Putin and other world leaders, saying there were concerns that the president may have put at risk US national security.
Meanwhile, a new poll released on the same day shows that only 17% of Americans said they were surprised by Trump’s encouragement of a foreign leader to investigate his political rival and his family.
And nearly two-thirds of the respondents said Trump’s action was a serious problem, according to the poll, conducted by Ipsos in partnership with ABC News.
Attitudes about the seriousness of Trump’s behavior broke strongly along partisan lines, with 91% of Democrats finding the conversation a very or somewhat serious problem in comparison with 32% of Republicans.