News reports suggest that Donald Trump made a deal with the president of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskiy, that in exchange for his help in getting damaging information about Joe Biden and his son Hunter son who is doing business in that country, Trump would give something as yet unspecified in return.
This deal was sufficiently alarming to someone in the intelligence community who knew about this exchange that he alerted the inspector general who is required by law to report this to Congress. While Congress was informed that a complaint had been made, the Trump administration is stonewalling on its specifics.
The timeline is this: Atkinson, the inspector general, received the complaint Aug. 12, reviewed it and found it credible and urgent, and forwarded it two weeks later to Joseph Maguire, acting director of national intelligence. Maguire’s office decided the complaint was outside the agency’s jurisdiction and not urgent, and informed Congress Sept. 9 of the situation without showing it the complaint. Atkinson said that was a break from normal procedure, which is to disclose the contents to lawmakers.
Seth Meyers discusses what we know about it. His insinuation that the foreign leader that Donald Trump made a promise to is Vladimir Putin is contradicted by more recent reports that it was Zelenskiy.