Quid Pro Quo? How 'Bout No

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Today, the U.S. House of Representatives Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, chaired by Adam Schiff, will hold a full committee open hearing on the whistleblower complaint with the Acting Director of National Intelligence, Joseph Maguire. House and Senate Intelligence Committee members reviewed the unredacted whistleblower complaint behind closed doors Wednesday.

The Department of Justice revealed Wednesday that the whistleblower complaint related to President Trump's controversial phone call with the Ukrainian president sparked a referral to the DOJ's criminal division about whether Trump potentially violated campaign finance law. However, the criminal division, after reviewing the matter, determined there was no campaign finance violation and "has concluded the matter," a DOJ spokesperson Kerri Kupec said Wednesday.

When Ukrainians voted to elect comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy as their next president in the spring of 2019, the fledgling administration was eager to coordinate a phone call with Kiev’s most important benefactor -- the United States, according to an adviser to Zelenskiy. But after weeks of discussions with American officials, Ukrainian officials came to recognize a precondition to any executive correspondence, the adviser said. The Trump administration’s alleged insistence that the two leaders discuss a prospective investigation into Biden, one of the president’s political opponents, casts his July 25 conversation with Zelenskiy in a new light.

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