Harris on whistleblower complaint: 'This is a cover-up'

Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisRand Paul introduces bill to end no-knock warrants The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook McEnany says Juneteenth is a very ‘meaningful’ day to Trump MORE (D-Calif.), a Democratic presidential candidate, said Thursday the whistleblower complaint over President Trump’s alleged misconduct in his communications with Ukraine is “a cover-up.” 

The complaint released Thursday discusses Trump’s call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky — in which Trump asked the foreign leader to investigate former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE — and also alleges White House officials were asked to remove the transcript of the call. 

“This is a cover-up,” Harris tweeted Thursday, along with a picture of a highlighted portion of the complaint.

Harris highlighted the section of the nine-page complaint, which was declassified Thursday, that reads, “White House officials told me that they were ‘directed’ by White House lawyers to remove the electronic transcript from the computer system in which such transcripts are typically stored for coordination, finalization, and distribution to Cabinet-level officials.” ADVERTISEMENT

Harris, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, in a separate tweet from her official Senate account also renewed her call for Attorney General William BarrBill BarrMilley discussed resigning from post after Trump photo-op: report OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Joint Chiefs chairman says he regrets participating in Trump photo-op | GOP senators back Joint Chiefs chairman who voiced regret over Trump photo-op | Senate panel approves 0B defense policy bill Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ MORE to testify before Congress. 

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She included a highlighted portion of the complaint that alleges Barr “appears to be involved as well.”

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiTrump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names Black lawmakers unveil bill to remove Confederate statues from Capitol Pelosi: Georgia primary ‘disgrace’ could preview an election debacle in November MORE (D-Calif.) announced this week the House would launch a formal impeachment inquiry into the president amid allegations raised by the complaint. 

Other White House hopefuls, including Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Milley apologizes for church photo-op Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness MORE (I-Vt.), former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro and Rep. Tim RyanTimothy (Tim) RyanMinnesota AG Keith Ellison says racism is a bigger problem than police behavior; 21 states see uptick in cases amid efforts to reopen Congress must fill the leadership void Pelosi pushes to unite party on coronavirus bill despite grumbling from left MORE (D-Ohio), called out Trump’s alleged misconduct after reading the complaint. 

Sanders said it’s “only the tip of an iceberg of corrupt, illegal and immoral behavior by this president,” and Ryan called it “third-rate, banana republic behavior.” Castro said the complaint shows Trump is an “active national security threat.”

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