The Latest: Schiff disturbed by Trump’s whistleblower attack

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and an intelligence official’s whistleblower complaint (all times local):

12:40 p.m.

The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee says President Trump’s attack on a whistleblower who alerted intelligence officials to a serious and urgent matter is “disturbing.”

Rep. Adam Schiff says it’s also “deeply disturbing” that the White House appears to know more about the whistleblower’s complaint than the complaint’s intended recipient, Congress.

The Trump administration is refusing to let congressional oversight committees see it.

Schiff says the information “deserves a thorough investigation” and that “come hell or high water, that’s what we’re going to do.”

The California Democrat worries that the president’s actions will have a “chilling effect” on other whistleblowers and pose a “real threat” to accountability.

The intelligence agencies’ inspector general notified Congress of the “urgent” complaint concerning a series of events, reportedly including Trump’s conversation with a foreign leader.

Trump is defending himself against a “partisan whistleblower.” He says “it’s just another political hack job” and that his conversations with foreign leaders were “totally appropriate.”

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10:45 a.m.

President Donald Trump is defending himself against a “partisan whistleblower” whose complaint included a reported private conversation Trump had with a foreign leader.

Trump told reporters in the Oval Office on Friday that “it’s just another political hack job” and that his conversations with foreign leaders were “totally appropriate.”

The government’s intelligence watchdog said Thursday that the complaint, which the administration has refused to let Congress see, is “urgent.”

Some of the whistleblower’s allegations appear to center on Ukraine, according to reports in The Washington Post and The New York Times. Trump said Friday he did not know if that was the conversation in question.

The president, sitting with the prime minister of Australia, said “it doesn’t matter what I discussed” and said he did not know the identity of the whistleblower.

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10:19 a.m.

President Donald Trump defended himself Friday against a whistleblower’s complaint, including a reported private conversation with a foreign leader.

The government’s intelligence watchdog said Thursday that the complaint, which the administration has refused to let Congress see, is “serious” and “urgent,” But Trump says he’s done nothing wrong.

Some of the whistleblower’s allegations appear to center on Ukraine, according to The Washington Post and The New York Times. In a tweet Friday, Trump did not reference Ukraine or any other country, but said “there was nothing said wrong.” He tweeted that there was a “perfectly fine and respectful conversation.”

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