The chief adviser to one of the intelligence agencies alerted the Department of Homeland Security's national security department on Aug. 14, as required under agency rules that they received a complaint from an employee, officials said. The New York Times first reported on the origin of the complaint.
Earlier disclosure of the complaint to the administration is likely to raise more questions about the processing of the complaint and the administration's efforts to block Congress from seeing its details.
Justice officials were told the complaint was related to Trump's July 25 call with Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky. The White House was also aware of the complaint before the official referral, according to attorneys at The New York Times
the Justice Department went to the White House to review the transcript of the call. Justice Department officials and the Deputy Attorney General were then alerted that Attorney General William Bar was mentioned in the call. The Bar was later informed that his name had been mentioned.
It would take more than a week before the Inspector General of the intelligence community formally referred the matter to the Ministry of Justice. The Justice Department did not comment on this story when it was reached by CNN.
] Justice officials said earlier that Bar was informed when the crime reference was delivered at the end of August. They said that Bar was only minimally involved in the problem. The Office of the Deputy Attorney General, Jeffrey Rosen, manages the day-to-day management of the Office, and the case was thus resolved, according to justice officials.
Justice officials said Bar was informed of the reference to a criminal record when it was filed in late August.
The complaint – which went public on Thursday – kicks off a politically explosive week in Washington.
The document claims that Trump abused his official powers to "seek interference" by Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky in the upcoming 2020 elections, and the White House took steps to cover it. A rebuilt transcript of a July telephone conversation published by the White House on Wednesday shows that Trump repeatedly urges Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter. There is no evidence of wrongdoing by either Joe or Hunter Biden.
Before law enforcement officers' complaint is made available to lawmakers, Parliament Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday announced that a formal impeachment investigation has been launched against the president.
Trump belittling. the significance of the complaint, claiming the whistle was partisan and his conversations with foreign leaders were "appropriate".
The meeting may be held on condition that the acting Director of National Intelligence, Joseph Maguire, approves appropriate security clearances for the legal counsel of the person so that they can accompany his client, the correspondence showed.
This story has been updated.