House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff suggested the White House was coordinating efforts to keep a whistleblower complaint from Congress.
The Washington Post revealed the complaint covered an improper “promise” made by President Donald Trump in a phone call to an unspecified foreign leader, and Schiff contradicted Department of Justice denials about their involvement.
“I don’t know whether the White House is directly involved,” Schiff said, “but we do know that they are making some claim that a privilege may apply. Well, that narrows the category who may be intervening.”
Schiff said the whistleblower and intelligence community inspector general had followed the law, but he said acting director of national intelligence Joseph Maguire was violating clear statutes in refusing to turn over the complaint to his committee.
“We do not have the complaint, we do not know whether the press reports are accurate or inaccurate about the contents of that complaint,” Schiff said. “But what I do know is this. If, in a manner within the jurisdiction of the director of national intelligence, you have an employee of that community or contractor or detailee who follows the law and makes a complaint, and it is possible for the subject of that complaint to essentially quash the complaint or keep it from Congress, then this system is badly broken.”
“Now, I don’t think this is a problem of the law,” he added. “I think the law is written very clearly. I think the law is just fine. The problem lies elsewhere.”
Trump Tower is ‘under siege’ as Chicago Police make arrests to defend the president’s building
Protesters marched on Trump Tower in Chicago on Saturday, as Chicago police in riot gear and on horses defend the president's building.
State police were deployed to the scene to back up local police, who are reportedly arresting protesters.
On video showed protesters taking a knee in solidarity with Colin Kaepernick.
Actor John Cusack was among those documenting the protest.
Here are some of the images from the scene:
George Floyd’s brother tears up discussing condolence phone call from Trump: ‘It hurt me’
The brother of George Floyd described the condolence phone call he received from President Donald Trump during a Saturday interview on MSNBC.
Philonise Floyd was interviewed by the Rev. Al Sharpton on "Politics Nation."
While Derek Chauvin has been arrested and charged with third degree murder, the other three officers involved in the killing remain free.
"They all need to be convicted of first degree murder and given the death penalty," Floyd said.
"What was the conversation with President Trump like?" Sharpton asked.
"It was so fast," Floyd replied.
"He didn't give me an opportunity to even speak. It was hard, I was trying to talk to him, but he just kept like pushing me off, like 'I don't want to hear what you're talking about.' And I just told him I want justice. I said that I couldn't believe they committed a modern-day lynching in broad daylight."
Bill Barr slammed by ex-FBI official for ignoring the right-wing ‘Boogaloo Bois’ infiltrating protests
Attorney General Bill Barr was slammed by the former assistant director for counterintelligence at the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Saturday for misleading Americans about the source of violence at the protests over the killing of George Floyd while in police custody.
"There's evidence developing, Brian, that the organization we're seeing of the most violent protesters is coming from a couple of disturbing places," both, by the way, there's disparate in terms in being from the right or the left. here's what those who monitor these groups and sites are seeing.
"We're seeing a far-right group, one group for example known as the Boogaloo Bois, who on their private Facebook page and social media outlets are calling for violence, calling for people to show up," Frank Figliuzzi told MSNBC's Brian Williams.