Whistleblower Complaint: Senior White House Officials Tried to 'Lock Down' Details of Ukraine Call That Left Their Colleagues 'Deeply Disturbed'

White House officials were "deeply disturbed" by the phone call between President Donald Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, and senior colleagues sought to "lock down" information contained in it, a whistleblower complaint alleges.

The extensively discussed whistleblower complaint was released in full (you can read the complaint in full here) on Thursday and details the White House's treatment of the transcript of the phone call between the two leaders in which Trump discussed his potential 2020 rival, Democratic frontrunner Joe Biden.

"Multiple White House officials with direct knowledge of the call informed me that, after an initial exchange of pleasantries, the President used the remainder of the call to advance his personal interests," the whistleblower complaint said.

"Namely, he sought to pressure the Ukrainian leader to take actions to help the President's 2020 re-election bid," the complaint said—recounting three instances in which the president 'pressured'" Zelensky; to initiate or continue an investigation into Biden; to assist in purportedly uncovering that allegations of Russian election interference in 2016 originated in Ukraine and that Zelensky find and turn over servers used by the Democratic National Committee; and to meet with trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani and Attorney General Barr.

"The White House officials who told me this information were deeply disturbed by what had transpired in the phone call," the complaint continued. "They told me there was already a 'discussion ongoing' with White House lawyers about how to treat the call because of the likelihood, in the officials' retelling, that they had witnessed the president abuse his office for personal gain."

Additionally, White House lawyers later instructed officials to move the electronic transcript of Trump's phone call with Zelenskiy to a system that stores classified information, in what was dubbed an act of "electronic abuse," the complaint says.

"In the days following the phone call, I learned from multiple U.S. officials that senior White House officials had intervened to "lock down" all records of the phone call, especially the official word-for-word transcript of the call that was produced— as is customary—by the White House situation room," the complaint continued.

This included the removal of the electronic transcript from the computer system where they are typically stored to a separate electronic system used to store classified information—despite the complaint relaying that the phone call did not contain any sensitive information from a national security standpoint.

Although the White House did release a transcript summary of the phone call, in which Trump broaches the subject of Biden with the Ukrainian leader, critics say this did not show the extent of the conversation between the pair.

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