White House Officials ‘Scrambled’ To Alert Lawyers After Trump’s Call With Ukraine: Report
CNN reports that White House aides “scrambled” to alert White House national security lawyers and “contain the damage” immediately after President Donald Trump’s infamous phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on July 25 in which Trump asked Zelensky to dig up dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden.
The lawyers reportedly moved the transcript of Trump’s call to a “highly classified server typically reserved for code-word classified material.”
The intelligence whistleblower made similar claims in September, noted CNN:
Unsettled aides also immediately began quizzing each other about whether they should alert senior officials who were not on the call — mainly those at the Justice Department, since Trump had invoked the agency’s boss, Attorney General Bill Barr, multiple times during the 30-minute talk.