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Trump demands to meet whistleblower, warns of 'Big Consequences'

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
US President Donald Trump (AFP photo)

US President Donald Trump says he wants to meet with a whistleblower who filed a complaint against him over his phone call with Ukraine’s president.

The complaint by the individual from within the US intelligence community alleges that the president solicited interference by Ukraine in the 2020 election for his own political benefit.

On September 24, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the launch of a formal impeachment inquiry into Trump over his July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

During the call, Trump allegedly sought Ukraine's help to smear the former vice president and current front-runner for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, Joe Biden.

On Sunday evening, Trump took to Twitter, railing against the whistleblower and other individuals, including Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), and warning of “big consequences” of "spying on the US president."

Schiff said Sunday that Congress is determined to get access to Trump’s phone calls with Russian President Vladimir Putin and other world leaders, saying there were concerns that the president may have put at risk US national security.

“I think the paramount need here is to protect the national security of the United States and see whether in the conversations with other world leaders - and in particular with Putin - that the president was also undermining our security in a way that he thought would personally benefit his campaign,” Schiff said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

Meanwhile, a new poll released on the same day shows that only 17% of Americans said they were surprised by Trump's encouragement of a foreign leader to investigate his political rival and his family.

And nearly two-thirds of the respondents said Trump’s action was a serious problem, according to the poll, conducted by Ipsos in partnership with ABC News.

Attitudes about the seriousness of Trump's behavior broke strongly along partisan lines, with 91% of Democrats finding the conversation a very or somewhat serious problem in comparison with 32% of Republicans.

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