Update: CREW has received an opinion from the Office of Legal Council. Read it here.

September 24, 2019

President Trump appears to have abused his presidential powers by reportedly pressuring Ukrainian officials to investigate Hunter Biden, the son of Democratic presidential candidate and former-Vice President Joe Biden. A whistleblower from within the intelligence community filed a complaint that could implicate Trump and his involvement with Ukrainian officials. However, the complaint, filed with the Inspector General of the Intelligence Community has been shielded by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence who, though bound by statute to share the report with Congress, is refusing to turn over the report. 

CREW requests any opinions or directives written by the Office of Legal Council on the ability of the Acting Director of National Intelligence to share a whistleblower’s complaint with Congress. The Office of Legal Council is a part of the Department of Justice that writes the laws for the executive branch and are held from the public. The public deserves to know why this urgent information is being withheld, especially since this matter will likely be at the center of an impeachment inquiry into the president.

Read the request here.