Maguire Calls Situation ‘Unprecedented,’ Perhaps Including His Own Actions

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 26: Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire testifies before the House Select Committee on Intelligence in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill September 26, 20... WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 26: Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire testifies before the House Select Committee on Intelligence in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill September 26, 2019 in Washington, DC. The committee questioned Maguire about a recent whistleblower complaint reportedly based on U.S. President Donald Trump pressuring Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate leading Democrats as “a favor” to him during a recent phone conversation. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) MORE LESS

Acting DNI Joseph Maguire called the whistleblower complaint and its intricacies “unprecedented,” adding that his own actions “might be” unprecedented as well.

Rep. André Carson (D-IN) asked Maguire if this is the first time a whistleblower complaint has ever been withheld from Congress.

“I believe that it might be,” Maguire responded. “And once again, as I said in my statement, it is in fact, as far as I’m concerned, unprecedented.”

In his opening remarks, he said that a whistleblower complaint that “touched on such complicated and sensitive issues, including executive privilege” is unprecedented.

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