Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire refused to tell the House Intelligence Committee on Thursday whether he’d discussed an explosive whistleblower complaint with President Donald Trump.
During Maguire’s hearing, Rep. Jim Himes (D-CT) asked the acting DNI if he’d spoken to Trump about the whistleblower complaint, which details both Trump’s attempts to get foreign government to interfere with the 2020 elections and the ways in which the White House lawyers attempted to bury information about the infamous call with the president of Ukraine.
“My conversations with the President, because I am the director of national intelligence, are privileged and it would be inappropriate for me, because it would destroy my relationship with the President in intelligence matters, to divulge any of my conversations with the President of the United States,” Maguire said.
“But just so we can be clear for the record, you are not denying that you spoke to the President about this complaint?” Himes asked.
“What I’m saying, congressman, is that I will not divulge privileged conversations that I have as the director of national intelligence with the President,” Maguire responded.
The acting DNI denied that the White House had asked him to assert executive privilege.
Watch Maguire below:
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— TPM Livewire (@TPMLiveWire) September 26, 2019