FAST FIVE: Democrats Smell Blood After Whistleblower Says Trump Made Troubling 'Promise' To Foreign Leader
Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson determined that the complaint was credible and troubling enough to be considered a matter of “urgent concern,” a legal threshold that requires notification of congressional oversight committees.
That independent watchdog deemed the matter an “urgent concern” that he was required by law to turn over to the congressional intelligence committees.
The White House doesn't confirm it till late that evening, saying Trump “expressed concern over the vast wildfires afflicting Siberia” and, “The leaders also discussed trade between the two countries.” The Russians, in a much more substantial readout, claim Trump and Putin also spoke about restoring full relations one day.
July 31: Trump meets with President Khaltmaagiin Battulga of Mongolia.
9: A brief letter from Gordon to Trump is released.