A US intelligence officer alerted by President Trump's communications with a foreign leader filed a formal complaint against the intelligence community's inspector general last month, the Washington Post reported. Trump's interactions with the undisclosed leader included what the publication described as a "promise" that the official "deemed so alarming" that the official came out. It is unclear in what form the interaction took place, although an intelligence officer told the Post that it was a telephone conversation.
Inspector General of Intelligence Michael Atkinson found the complaint filed on August 12 to be credible and identified the issue of "urgent concern", a legal classification that should prompt notification of congressional oversight committees. Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire, however, has so far refused to share the concerns of the abusers with Congress, launching another power struggle between congressional leaders and the Trump administration, and speculation about what a leader might do that Trump was behaving.
According to the publication, the White House recorded during the five weeks leading up to the August filing of complaints, Trump interacted with at least five foreign leaders. Trump met with leaders of Pakistan, the Netherlands and Qatar in the White House during that time, received correspondence from North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, and more specifically, began a phone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin on July 31, less than two weeks before filing the complaint. "The dispute is expected to escalate on Thursday, when Atkinson is due to appear before the House Intelligence Committee at a publicly-held closed session," the Post notes. "The hearing is the latest move by Commission Chairman Adam B. Schiff (D-California) to compel US intelligence officials to disclose full details of the complaint to Congressional reporters."