On Thursday morning, the House Intelligence Committee released a redacted version of the complaint sent Aug. 12, 2019, by a whistleblower in the intelligence community who became concerned that President Trump was allegedly improperly soliciting information and favors from foreign governments to help his 2020 election campaign.
The complaint’s existence was first reported earlier this month, after Committee Chair Rep. Adam Schiff’s requests to see the memo were rebuffed by the executive branch. Many commentators have noted that the executive branch had no right to withhold the complaint after the intelligence community’s inspector general judged it of sufficient import to pass to Congress.
The complaint was finally handed over this week, after reports broke that Trump had placed a hold on hundreds of millions of dollars of congressionally approved aid to Ukraine as a way to pressure its president to launch an investigation on one of Trump’s potential 2020 rivals.
Read a nine-page version of the complaint, here.