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The Daily BeastSep 19, 2019
Trump Whistleblower Saga Threatens to Blow Up 2020 Campaign
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastAn explosive whistleblower complaint that is threatening to paralyze much of Washington, D.C.,  now may upend the 2020 presidential campaign. 

Two outlets on Thursday night reported that the complaint in question involves President Trump and matters related to Ukraine. Those outlets, The Washington Post and The New York Times, did not go much further than those details. But earlier reports said that what prompted the whistleblower to come forward was a pledge made by Trump to a foreign leader. 

The complaint was explosive enough to prompt the intelligence community's inspector general to bring it to the attention of the director of national intelligence, who has not made it available to Congress in part because of objections from the Department of Justice. 

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The Daily BeastSep 19, 2019
There's Never Been a Whistleblower Case Like This Before
Mark Wilson/GettyWhen Congress first put together a whistleblower process for employees of the intelligence community, lawmakers probably didn't expect that it would be used to report potential misconduct by the president, but here we are. There's a complaint by someone in the intelligence community that President Trump made some inappropriate promise to a foreign leader over a series of communications. So just how bizarre is this scenario and how is the whistleblower process supposed to work?

Welcome to Rabbit Hole. 

Untrodden territory: The whistleblowing process to report intelligence community employee concerns to Congress is used anywhere from four to 20 times a year, according to official reports. From what little we can tell from official reports, the intelligence community has never faced an issue remotely like the one raised by a complaint against Trump. The complaint, first filed on Aug. 12, reportedly involves Trump's conversations with an unnamed foreign leader about Ukraine, according to The Washington Post. 

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CNN PoliticsSep 18, 2019
Rep. Joe Kennedy to announce primary challenge to Sen. Ed Markey
Democratic Rep. Joe Kennedy of Massachusetts, the heir to his family's political dynasty, will announce a run for Senate on Saturday morning at the East Boston Social Center, challenging Democratic Sen. Ed Markey, who has served in Congress for more than 40 years, according to a source familiar.
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