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“I believe that there is an effort to prevent this information getting to Congress,” the House Intelligence Committee chairman said Thursday of a recent whistleblower complaint.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., said Thursday that he believed it was likely that President Donald Trump or his aides were working to keep the details of an urgent complaint by an intelligence community whistleblower from Congress.

“I believe that there is an effort to prevent this information getting to Congress, and if the assertion is accurate that the Department of Justice has made and the DNI has affirmed that this involves a potentially privileged communication, then at one level or another, it likely involves either the president or people around him,” Schiff told reporters following a closed-door briefing with the intelligence community’s inspector general, Michael Atkinson, and the Intelligence Committee’s members that lasted several hours.

A congressional source tells NBC News that Atkinson declined to reveal to lawmakers the substance of the whistleblower complaint that NBC News and others have confirmed pertains to a phone call by the president.

The news was first reported by The New York Times. Trump has denied the allegation.

Atkinson, a former career Justice Department lawyer who was appointed by Trump and confirmed by the Senate, believed the complaint should be turned over to Congress, but was overruled, according to documents made public in recent days. Read more

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“I believe that there is an effort to prevent this information getting to Congress,” the House Intelligence Committee chairman said Thursday of a recent whistleblower complaint.

“I believe that there is an effort to prevent this information getting to Congress,” the House Intelligence Committee chairman said Thursday of a recent whistleblower complaint.

“I believe that there is an effort to prevent this information getting to Congress,” the House Intelligence Committee chairman said Thursday of a recent whistleblower complaint.