Trump Impeachment Inquiry: Live Updates – The New York Times
Of the whistle-blower who lodged a formal complaint about Mr. Trump’s dealings with Ukraine, Mr. Trump said: “I think a whistle-blower should be protected, if the whistle-blower is legitimate.”
— Michael Crowley
Also in the Oval: Mr. Trump denounced a new book which described how he privately asked aides about bolstering his Mexican border wall with a moat filled with snakes or alligators.
The book, which was adapted in an article in The New York Times, discusses a series of ideas that Mr. Trump raised with aides in his quest to fortify war. Besides the moat, the article also discussed that he mused about shooting migrants in the legs to slow them down.
Mr. Trump called the report obviously “fake,” because, he erroneously said, it was the work of The Washington Post. The authors are reporters for The New York Times.
— Michael Crowley
Adam Schiff learned the outlines of the whistle-blower’s concerns days before he filed his complaint.
The C.I.A. officer who filed the whistle-blower complaint first had a colleague convey concerns about President Trump to the C.I.A.’s top lawyer. But concerned about how that avenue for airing his allegations was unfolding, the officer then approached a House Intelligence Committee aide about his allegations.
The early account by the future whistle-blower shows how determined he was to make known his allegations against Mr. Trump. It also explains how Mr. Schiff knew to press for the complaint when the Trump administration initially blocked lawmakers from seeing it.
The House staff member, following the committee’s procedures, suggested the officer find a lawyer to advise him and file a whistle-blower complaint. The aide shared some of what the officer conveyed to Mr. Schiff. The aide did not share the whistle-blower’s identity with Mr. Schiff or anyone else, an official said.
— Julian E. Barnes