Congress is determined to listen to the conservation of President Donald Trump with Russian President Vladimir Putin and a number of other world leaders, Democrat Adam Schiff, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said on Sunday, citing concerns that Trump might endanger national security.
“I think there is an absolute need to protect the national security of the United States and to know whether the president also undermined our security during his talks with other leaders, especially Putin, in a way that I think might personally benefit his campaign”, Adam Schiff told NBC.
After a complaint that Trump has asked for political service from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky that would help him win the presidency for a second term, House members are investigating fears that Trump’s actions have threatened national security and the integrity of US elections.
The complaint included a telephone conversation in which Trump asked Zelensky to open an investigation with former US Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter, who was a board member of a Ukrainian gas company.
Biden is a potential top candidate in the presidential election slated for November 2020. There is no evidence of irregularities in Biden’s actions regarding Ukraine.
This prompted Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to launch an inquiry into Trump’s accountability on Tuesday.
White House adviser Stephen Miller on Sunday accused the complainant of being part of a government conspiracy of what he called a “deep state” to stoke opposition to Trump.
“I know the difference between an information leak and a ‘deep state’ client”, he told Fox News.
Trump’s Republican supporters in Congress also defended the president’s actions during other television talk shows on Sunday.
“I have no problem with this phone conversation”, Senator Lindsey Graham told CBS.
The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee Adam Schiff also spoke to ABC, saying his committee had reached an agreement with the information leak to appear before it.