(AUDIO: SCHUMER “By law, a whistleblower complaint must be transmitted to congress…So far, the Republican-led Senate has remained silent and submissive…. That’s an obligation we have… The Republicans have a majority…Yet so far we have no indication that Senate Republicans will act…This is an issue of obligation.)
ON THE HILL WITH DOUG CHRISTIAN
CAPITOL HILL – That was Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) on the Senate floor Monday afternoon expressing frustration of his Republican colleagues for not holding President Donald Trump to account after the Intelligence Community’s Inspector General (ICIG) Michael Atkinson passed a whistleblower complaint to the acting Director of National Intelligence (DNI) Joseph Maguire, who declined to pass the info to Congress, as required by law.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) followed Leader Schumer and announced that Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr (R-N.C.) is trying to bring the ICIG before his panel to investigate the matter.
But he cautioned:
(AUDIO: McConnell: “I believe it’s extremely important that their work be handled in a secure setting with adequate protections in a bipartisan fashion, and based on facts rather than leaks to the press.”)
Over at the lower chamber, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is set to meet with the six committee chairmen investigating Trump Tuesday afternoon. Afterward, she has called for a full caucus meeting at 4 P.M. to discuss Trump’s alleged squeeze of Ukraine out of congressionally allocated military funds if they didn’t investigate Trump’s political rival, Joe Biden and his son.
“She is expected to make a statement after the meeting.”
Doug Christian, Capitol Hill