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The whistleblower who filed a complaint about Donald Trump’s communications with Ukraine also raised concerns over how the White House handled records of the conversation, the Times reports, drawing from sources familiar with the complaint and a Justice Department memo explaining the rationale for withholding complaint:
The intelligence officer who filed a whistle-blower complaint about President Trump’s interactions with the leader of Ukraine raised alarms not only about what the two men said in a phone call, but also about how the White House handled records of the conversation, according to two people briefed on the complaint.
The whistle-blower, moreover, identified multiple White House officials as witnesses to potential presidential misconduct who could corroborate the complaint, the people said — adding that the inspector general for the intelligence community, Michael Atkinson, interviewed witnesses.
Senator Warren of Massachusetts secured a key endorsement — from Jonathan Van Ness of Netflix’s Queer Eye.
Elizabeth Warren’s surge to the very top of the Democratic primary field is continuing, after the Massachusetts senator topped a national poll for the first time on Wednesday.
A survey by Quinnipiac found Warren polling at 27% among Democrats and Democratic leaning voters, with Joe Biden on 25%. Bernie Sanders, previously seen as part of a top three of Democratic presidential candidates, had 16%.