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was so concerned that he or she went to the inspector general. the inspector general then is obligated to alert the director of national intelligence. then what was supposed to happen, because that's where this breaks down. >> traditionally what happens is the dni would then be like a conduit and give this information and the allegation to the intelligence oversight committees. now properly secured in a classified or confidential way, it's not to be made public necessarily. that did not happen. at some point in this sequence, this veered off and the dni decided to go to the department of justice and seek their input. they came back and said you've got an issue here because there's communications that could be subject to privilege contained in this complaint. at that point, we didn't know publicly what this was about. we've since found ourkt, of course, the communication is probably a phone call the president had with a foreign leader. this is highly unusual. i'm not aware of any instance
where an inspector general has essentially gone to the head of an agency and then with the department of justice they've decided to kind of freeze this thing and not tell the congress. congress only found out because the inspector general of the intelligence community came forward and let them know we've got this issue here. we can't tell you the substance of the allegation but there has been an allegation. >> lawmakers are understandably annoyed and upset by this. this is their job of oversight. so today, that inspector general is going before the house intelligence committee. do we know what he can say, what he plans to say? >> what he's allowed to say may be restricted on, frankly, what the white house allows him to talk about in this instance. there's obviously been now public information made public. the inspector general certainly knows what the substance of the allegation is. our understanding is that i think that the dni and the congress are trying to reach some kind of accommodation here. the dna's lawyer did put out a
letter alluding to that which was made public. they'll try to find some kind of compromise. but i think that the democratic chairman of the house intelligence committee has made clear he doesn't want to settle for anything other than what the law normally requires, which is hand over what it is that this whistleblower has said. give us all the documentation about it. >> because the department of justice is keeping this so tightly under wraps, reporters, like you, and john and me are trying to look for bread crumbs. here's a bread crumb. and it's just impossible to know if it's connected. but it is a little interesting or strange how this unfolded. on july 31st there was a phone call between president trump and russian president vladimir putin. the reason we know about this phone call is because the kremlin put it out. the kremlin first put out the read out of what they spoke about, and then reporters went to the white house and said what can you give us and hours later the white house put out their account. here's all we know about this phone call.
this is from the kremlin's press service. president trump offered putin assistance in fighting forest fires in siberia. then what the white house said was president trump spoke with president vladimir putin today and expressed concern over the vast wildfires afflicting siberia. so one is a promise of assistance. one is expressing concern. so there's a discrepancy, but it can't be about wildfires, right? would a whistleblower be so concerned about this phone call? >> not as described, no. but, of course, as we know, this white house has routinely now not put out information or full details about meetings the president has or conversations he has with foreign leaders. and russia being a good example here, we know from our reporting at "the post" in early 2017, the president met with two top russian officials in the oval office and divulged classified information about a u.s. counterterrorism program. there's a history here. that's important because whoever this whistleblower is would know that history, would know that
presidents do have the authority to disclose classified information, and this one has done it routinely and some might say capriciously. whatever this person saw doesn't fit perhaps the category of things we have seen that maybe there's something even more alarming and that this person is putting it in context with who this president is. frankly also for the inspector general to find it urgent as you said under the statute, i think it's going to have to be something that, you know, is not just clearly allowed by the -- the president is allowed to do even if it's a bad idea that he does it. there's something potentially more significant here. >> it seems like it. that moment where in the oval office, president trump disclosed classified information to kiss lyak and lavrov. we have the picture because of the russian foreign ministry. no white house photographers were allowed in there. so the lack of transparency, it just raises questions, of course, about what are you hiding? what don't you want us to know?
that's classified information and there are rules around that. but this sounds like it's in a different category of a promise. >> immediately a promise also raises questions of, if the president was promising to do something or to give something was he asking for something in return? that's only logical to assume, and particularly i think with donald trump, this is always a negotiation. and talking about bread crumbs, there's also another one. the house intelligence committee has said publicly that they believe that this whistleblower was going to the inspector general about something that may have been a matter of investigation before the committee. well, the big matter before the house intelligence committee has been the russia investigation. there are other areas, too. that kind of helps us narrow it down. but this is the world we're in right now is trying to deduce and play 20 questions around this and put together the puzzle pieces. i just think it's so striking that we now know this involves
directly the president of the united states and a communication and starts to explain a lot of the really unusual activity, the keeping from congress, the assertions of privilege and other things that we've seen. >> that's a really interesting element about -- that it was a matter before the committee. thank you for sharing that. thank you for sharing all of your reporting. maybe we'll find out more after the ig goes to capitol hill today. thank you very much. >> thank you. >> really interesting discussion there. let's go back to washington right away. abby phillip. "the washington post" says the president made a promise to a foreign leader of urgent concern. what's the white house saying about this, this morning? >> the white house hasn't responded at all to this bombshell report. the president hasn't responded as he often does on social media before his aides even get around to it. but the context around this is something that's been dogging president trump since the very beginning of his presidency. his calls and his communications
with other foreign leaders and what he says in those private calls. and as shane noted, we should be clear that we believe there are about five calls the president had with foreign leaders. but the white house ended the practice of reading out these calls on a regular and consistent basis over a year ago. and even beyond that. every white house conducts calls with foreign leaders that they don't disclose publicly so there could be other conversations that happen. but it's clear that over the course of president trump's presidency, there have been a number of times when people within his own administration have had concerns about things he said on these calls. for example, in a call last year with vladimir putin, when aides wrote in all caps, do not congratulate president putin on his election victory, president trump did it anyway and someone in this administration leaked that information to the media. there have been several cases like this large and small where people have expressed concerns about things president trump has said, some of which are just
embarrassing. in one case that shane mentioned, that meeting in the oval office with russian officials where the president revealed classified information. some of these cases have been deadly serious. and so this is something that is not new to this white house but so far this morning, president trump and his aides all completely silent on this bombshell report. >> there's also a record of the president trying to keep some of these conversations private. so no one ever learns what's going on inside. kicking out everyone but the interpreters, correct? >> those meetings with vladimir putin at the g20 where president trump is alone in a room, where aides -- he has conversations with world leaders, with aides not present. so this is a constant concern. the president, as we know, likes to conduct his own foreign policy. he likes to be the person really putting the deals together. but clearly, people around the president are concerned about this practice and in this one case, something that president
trump may have said in a conversation prompted a formal whistleblower complaint which is in some ways a true escalation of these types of incidents over the last 2 1/2 years of his presidency. >> abby, keep pressing. we're waiting to hear from the white house. it's unusual the president himself hasn't responded. he has many ways of doing it. one is twitter. we're watching that. abby, thank you. now to breaking weather news. more than 7 million people in southeast texas are under a flash flood watch this morning as the remnants of tropical storm imelda drench rain on this area. some have already got nearly a foot of rain leaving cars under water and stranded as you can see on your screen. a hospital in winne, texas, has been evaungcuated because of rig floodwaters. >> just update some of those numbers. now 34 inches already on the ground is theh flood emergencie.
houston calling it a life-threatening situation here. east of houston and west of beaumont there are areas that are picking up five inches of rain per hour, even in conroe picked up that in the past hour. and some areas here around beaumont and toward winne almost three feet of rain. and 20 inches of it came up in the past 12 hours. it's still raining. it is going to continue to rain throughout the day. houston, you dodged a bullet here. that rain is to your east. still could be some around the woodlands and so that's on the way. but there will be significant flash flooding. we'll get pictures today that will alarm you. that's how fast this water is going up and i'm watching it on twitter right now. people are scrambling to get out of the first floor of any of these houses. the water is going up so quickly. we'll keep you advised. >> 34 inches of rain, chad. that is quite something. thank you very much. stay on that for us.
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get a better than just ok unlimited plan with spotify premium included on america's best network. only from at&t more for your thing. that's our thing. breaking news. cnn has learned it was president trump's communication with a foreign leader that led to a u.s. intelligence official to file a whistleblower complaint. "the washington post" reports that the president made a promise, a promise to this foreign leader that was so troubling to an intelligent official it prompted that person to report it. then the inspector general of the intelligence community agreed it was a matter of urgent concern. want to bring in former fbi deputy director andrew mccabe, now a cnn contributor. there's an important distinction here. this is not about disclosing classified information or loose use of intelligence which is something that's come up in the past here. this is about a promise that was
made to a foreign leader. what does that tell you? >> well, john, it's incredibly concerning. i think you are right. this president has a history of treating classified information and sensitive information questionably at best. but that's also something well known within the community, and the fact that the president has the discretion to essentially declassify anything he wants is something that's well known by folks in the intelligence community. from the beginning, this looked like it was probably a complaint that involved something other than the handling of classified information. now as a result of "the washington post" reporting, we understand that it concerns some sort of a promise. i think it's also helpful to think about that in the context of the letter that the dni's counsel provided to congress basically justifying the dni's decision not to report the --
not to forward the whistleblower report onto congress. in that letter, the counsel said that it involved a matter that could be privileged so that certainly draws a spotlight on the president's involvement. but he also said it was about something essentially that was not within the authority or the jurisdiction, if you will, of the dni. so now think about that promise. if -- and this is hypothetical, but if the whistleblower overheard a promise that could have constituted, say, a crime or a criminal matter, that would technically not be an intelligence issue under the jurisdiction or under the authority of the dni. so it's unfortunate that we're left to kind of piece together, you know, try to piece the puzzle together here with what little information we have. but the fact that we now know it was the president and we know it involved some sort of a promise to a world leader is deeply
concerning. >> frankly, we just don't know what the promise was. we don't even begin to know the nature of that promise. but what we do know, andy, is that the intelligence community inspector general, a trump appointee, found it to be credible and a matter of urgent concern. so what does that tell you? >> it tells you that this is not a kind of -- this is not considered by the intelligence community inspector general or the acting dni for that matter, is not considered to be a frivolous matter or something that was overblown or overreported. the intelligence community inspector general, as you noted thought it was certainly credible and he thought it qualified as a matter of urgent concern which would trigger the statutory responsibility of the dni forwarding it over to congress. the dni disagreed with that
urgent concern but the dni did not say i don't find the report to be credible. it's almost passed two levels of review. and both of those officials, although they differ on the decision about whether or not it needs to be reported to congress, both of them seem to think it was credible and very important. >> a promise made to a foreign leader. "the washington post" reports it was made on a phone call. who would be privy to the details of that conversation? >> well, that's a great question, john. in my experience overseeing the fbi's counterintelligence and national security matters it was common to be aware of and to have been -- to have had the white house share with us the content of the president's phone
calls with foreign leaders. you have to remember, these phone -- the purpose of these phone calls is not to develop a personal relationship between the president and another foreign leader. these aren't personal issues. these are matters of national business and very often national security. so the purpose of these calls is to discuss policy matters, very important national security issues, things of that nature. there's a whole host of folks who need to know what's happening in those conversations. so we can take that as guidance, understand which direction to move, which way policies are leaning. the folks on the national security counsel need to understand what happens in these calls so they can create and direct policy initiatives for the president that are consistent with the way he is representing our national interests. so at the call at the time of the call, you could have note takers present. you could have translators present. you could have other aides and
staffers to the president who are present in the room for the call. and then typically, in former administrations, those calls are memorialized in a memo and distributed to a small group of folks. what we know about president trump is that that typical way of handling these interactions is no longer the case for us. we understand that the president has conversations with leaders in which all but the translators are asked to be removed from the room and we have heard of instances in which the president has asked for the translator's notes after these sort of interactions, conversations or phone calls. we very rarely ever receive public indication of what takes place on these calls. often we learn about them from foreign governments releasing what they claim to be the content of these conversations. so we have very little insight into what actually happens but there's a small group of folks who could be present for these engagements and might have some
knowledge of it. >> that's an important point to make. congress does not currently know the nature of these phone calls, including the intelligence committees. but there is a foreign country, including this foreign leader who does. so there are people out there who know exactly what the president promised. andy, what is the current and future situation for the whistleblower who raised the flag? >> well, first of all, it's an incredibly important thing for any individual with a security clearance and any person who has taken an oath to protect and defend this country, it's incredibly important that they also bear the responsibility of reporting things that they believe are threats to national security or transgressions that should be brought to the attention of the authority. so this is someone who essentially did what we hope all people serving in the government will do. they stepped forward. they used the appropriate
process in a classified and confidential manner to bring their concerns to the appropriate officials. that takes incredible courage. it is hard to stand up to an administration, to stand up, particularly to this administration and this president and to live up to those responsibilities in a way that you know would engender all sorts of criticism and controversy around your personal life. this is something, of course, that i know all too well. but i think we have to say, it's encouraging that people are still standing up and living up to that responsibility as it appears the whistleblower has done in this case. >> i want to make clear on the inspector general. this is a different inspector general than was dealing with your case. but you are saying you endorse the inspector general process even when an inspector general has found issues with the way you handled yourself in your job, correct? >> absolutely.
so i have all kinds of issues and disputes with the department of justice inspector general over the investigation they did of me. that is an entirely separate matter. i absolutely believe in the inspector general process. since my own interactions with the doj inspector general, i have continued to cooperate with the inspector general in their review of other matters. i was recently interviewed in accordance with an ongoing investigation. so i absolutely believe in that process. it is essential that every element of the executive branch, each one of the agencies has a fair and competent and independent inspector general. and this situation really shines a light on that requirement. i hope that the department of justice gets that sort of inspector general some time soon. >> andy mccabe, thank you for being with us this morning. i appreciate it.
alisyn? >> really interesting conversation there. joining us to talk about the international impact of all of this, cnn's chief international correspondent clarissa ward. there's so much, obviously, going on. this is set against the u.s. trying to figure out what role to play in the attack for instance on the saudi oil field. as international leaders, foreign leaders watch all of this play out here in the u.s., do they trust the trump administration? >> i think andy mccabe said something that stuck with me. when it comes to the interactions that president trump is zith various foreign leaders, we have very little insight into these interactions. it's that complete disregard for the protocols and processes that have traditionally sort of brought together how one behaved diplomatically. that have international leaders very nervous, very uncomfortable because there's a reason for these protocols. there's a reason for these almost boilerplate releases
about conversations that are held. there's a reason you behave in a certain way when talking to a foreign leader as the president of the united states. and for world leaders who are looking to the u.s. right now, there's real concerns about the credibility of the information that they're receiving and, of course, that would play in to concerns right now about what's happening with saudi arabia and the intelligence implicating iran and how you respond. there are also real concerns about whether their information can be trusted, whether classified information can be trusted and respected. we've all seen, of course, the famous photographs of president trump sitting there with the former russian ambassador to the u.s., kislyak, talking, we now know, about classified matters. no there are very real issues that pertain to credibility, but also to trust. and these are things like everybody understands internationally that president trump ran on the ticket of being a disruptor and that is part of his identity. but the issue becomes, once
president trump leaves, either after 2020 or 2024, is that legacy still there? do people still have trouble understanding america, having clarity about the way the oval office operates, and does america still have something of a credibility issue in the eyes of the international community. >> it's interesting you bring up the issue of trust there. there is also concern in the international community about the way that president trump relates to u.s. allies versus adversaries. and that comes into play here because we don't know which leader he made a promise to. but he promised someone something that was alarming. and i know there's concern about things he said to people like kim jong-un or vladimir putin. >> and i think that particularly speaks to the concerns of european leaders. and when you talk to politicians in europe, there is a very real anxiety about this traditional alliance, about nato, about the power of this relationship going back many, many decades and
whether that's now in jeopardy. ands a said before, it's not in jeopardy in the sense of in an existential way but things that european leaders took for granted before in terms of understanding the strength and positivity of that relationship, they now have to sort of second guess it a little bit or double check. and that creates uncertainty. and again, people understand that president trump, that this is part of his identity, but that does little to alleviate concerns especially if you're a european leader looking at this issue specifically. what promise might have been made, to whom and at whose expense. >> clarissa ward, great to have you here in studio. a member of the kennedy family in congress shaking up the political world this morning with a major campaign announcement. plus -- >> the ufo video that the u.s. navy now confirms is real. >> so literally, the truth is out there. >> the truth is out there.
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a brand-new look at the status in the democratic presidential contest. this new poll showing joe biden out in front with 29%. and this belpoll, bernie sander and elizabeth pretty much tied. everyone else way behind. >> you're infusing this with the drama i feel it requires. >> joining us now is cnn political director david chalian. >> good morning, guys. >> dramatic each and every way without even trying. when you look at this poll. joe biden right around 30% where he has been consistently. you have that second tier. what do you see? >> this is a little different than the nbc/"wall street journal" poll where elizabeth warren carved out the second place position all by herself. i do think, as always, you have to look at these polls in totality and not just one at a time. what you see here, and i think there's something really important in this poll that
tells us why we see this here. you see this top three, right? and you said everyone else is just in a different universe beneath them. when you look at the numbers you once again see democrats are so hungry for somebody that can beat trump over somebody they just agree with or like their policies on. and only three candidates, now joe biden by far away by the most, he is seen as the one that can beat trump, but only sanders and warren even join him in double digits. nobody else is close. that's part of what's driving here that these three front-runners in the primary are seen also, again, joe biden with a clear lead here as the one that can beat trump but as seen as the three with the best chance of defeating trump. >> let's look at the head-to-head matchups. joe biden gets 52% to trump's 38% today. sanders, 48% to president trump's 40%. warren, 46% to 40%. and harris 42% to $40.
the president doesn't like polls that don't go his way. but this is a fox news poll. i think that he is inclined to look at those. >> we should be clear, fox news polling has nothing to do with the ideological bend that we see in their primetime programming. >> the polling has always been found to be fair. the fact the fox news name on it, we shouldn't. what is more important than the democratic numbers performing against him is donald trump doesn't get above 40% in any matchup. that, if you are in trump campaign headquarters, that is a problem. like that is -- that is going to be tough to re-create that path to 270 electoral votes if a year from now he's also sitting at his number there at 40%. >> i will say the other thing is that joe biden, the margin joe biden enjoys over president trump in the head-to-head is very different than all the other candidates. bernie sanders is the closest there but double what elizabeth
warren is. david chalian -- >> i would be shocked if the margin on election night a year from now, no matter who the nominee is, is that wide. >> no question. no question. they reflect two completely different things. one reflects where people are considering now and really their enthusiasm in the democratic primary. absolutely. i'm going to exert some massachusetts privilege here, david. i think it's fascinating. democratic congressman joe kennedy of massachusetts is going to challenge democratic senator ed markey. the incumbent democratic senator. you just don't normally see this type of thing. there really isn't much of a difference between these two men on the issues. but what it is, is a generational challenge inside the democratic party which is something a lot of democrats, young ones usually, are calling for. >> you remember, right, when barack obama got to the united states senate and harirry reid s famously giving him advice not to wait to run for president.
sometimes that generational change takes over no matter who the well-liked established party regular is there in the seat. what is so fascinating about this, of course, you just showed the poll numbers that show that kennedy really could give markey a serious run for this. a lot of the establishment already lining up behind markey, including his fellow senator, elizabeth warren, who had already endorsed markey but when pressed and asked about kennedy and his challenge says she has no complaints. this is her former law student. somebody who has endorsed her presidential campaign. and elizabeth warren is caught between these two already on markey's side but not really wanting to mix it up inside that primary. >> david chalian, very interesting. thanks so much for seeing us today. now see this, okay? >> this is probably the most important story. >> i feel we've buried this. there have been mysterious objects caught on video by u.s. navy pilots.
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time for the five things to know for your new day. "the washington post" reports that a promise made by president trump to a foreign leader reportedly troubled a u.s. intelligence official so much that a whistleblower complaint was filed. now the intelligence community's inspector general will be on capitol hill this morning to brief a house panel behind closed doors. >> in an exclusive cnn interview, iran's foreign minister is threatening all-out war if saudi arabia or the u.s. launches a military strike against iran. this comes after u.s. secretary of state mike pompeo called the attack on a saudi oil field, quote, an act of war. a federal judge is denying bail for an american airlines mechanic accused of trying to sabotage a flight. prosecutors say the mechanic had isis propaganda on his phone and
told a fellow employee he travelled to iraq to visit his brother who was a member of isis. millions of people are under a flash flood emergency in parts of texas. some areas are reeling from 20 inches of rain. some from much more. this is from the remnants of a tropical storm. a hospital has been evacuated because of those rising floodwaters. canada's prime minister justin trudeau now says he is deeply sorry for this yearbook photo tweeted by "time" magazine showing him in brownface at an arabian knights themed gala in 2001. he was a teacher at the school. trudeau admitted he wore similar makeup at least one other time. for more on the five things to know go to cnn.com/newday. this video of a ufo is real, okay? look at your screen. that's what the navy says. the u.s. navy now confirms ufo
videos made public by "the new york times" and a ufo research group back in 2017 are the real deal. what does that mean? cnn's randi kaye explains. >> what is that thing? >> reporter: images of that rotating thing captured by u.s. navy aircraft. sensors locking in on the target. commander david fraver saw it firsthand during a training mission, describing it like a 40-foot long tick tack maneuvering rapidly and changing direction. >> as we both looked out the right side of our airplane, we saw a disturbance in the water and a white object, oblorngs pointing north. >> reporter: the object was first sighted in 2004 and similar objebtss in 2015. footage of the sightings declassified by the military, weren't made public until december 2017. by "the new york times" and a group that researches ufos. >> there's a whole fleet of
them. >> my gosh. they're all going against the wind. the wind is 120 knots to the west. >> this was extremely abrupt like a ping-pong ball bouncing off the wall. the ability to hover over the water and start a vertical climb from zero and then accelerate in less than two seconds and disappear is something i had never seen in my life. >> reporter: the navy says it still doesn't know what the objects are and officials aren't speculating. a navy spokesman simply confirming the objects seen in various clips are unidentified aerial phenomena or uaps. the ufo reports were first investigated by a secret $22 million program. part of the defense department budget that investigated reports of ufos. the program has since been shut down. but it was run by a military intelligence official who told cnn they found compelling evidence that we, quote, may not be alone. randi kaye, cnn, new york.
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with aliens that are either out to destroy us or impart some benev lent wisdom upon us and we're going to evolve either way. and this one started with a quote that's attributed to arthur clark which is either we're not alone in the universe or we're completely alone, and either outcome is equally terrifying. >> it is also about loneliness. it's also about father and son, their relationship. it's also about masculinity and vulnerability. you said it's come at a time in your life where it's interesting for you to grapple in such a public way with those emotions. >> well, i mean, on one hand you get older and just get tired of protecting yourself or having any secrets. you just want to get on with it. and we wanted to get on with it in this film in a way. >> you've been through some fairly public, you know, sad
things recently. you've been divorced and publicly, you then spoke about what it was like to go through one of these things that not many men talk about and many men don't think it's okay to get help for certain things like alcohol and other kinds of substance. can you tell me so that other people, you know, who are in that kind of situation might get a little bit of a boost from somebody like you if they need that kind of help? >> certainly for me, you know, what i realize was i was running to things to avoid, to avoid tough feelings, painful feelings. i just didn't know how to deal with them. and looking for anything i found that i use for escape, to escape, those kinds of -- i guess difficult feelings. i don't know how better to describe it. that can be anything.
drugs, booze, netflix, snacks. anything. i don't want to be -- i don't want at this point to be running from anything. >> i was just interviewing jodi kantor and megan tuey who broke the news that launched the me too movement. and they have a lot of great things to say about gwyneth paltrow and how instrumental she was in helping them when they needed to sort of connect the dots. but i wonder if you feel you can add anything to that because you do come out as one of the heroes of this story. you confronted a guy that very few people were willing to confront apparently. >> oh, well, i think that's -- i mean, a bit much. i have a couple things to say. at that moment, you know, i was just -- i was a boy from the
ozarks on the playground, and that's -- i mean, that is how we confronted with things. and wanted to make sure nothing happened further because she was going to do two films. you know, i think the interesting thing is that we -- hollywood specifically, but the workplace, men and women's dynamics is being recalibrated and recalibrated in a very good way. and it's long overdue. and i do think that's an important story to tell. >> really interesting. i also learned something about you. you think leonardo dicaprio is a better actor than brad pitt. >> i'm team brad. >> i'm just kidding. >> all right. the breaking news this morning. "the washington post" reports that the president made a promise to a foreign leader. a promise deemed of urgent concern within the intelligence
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top of the hour. good morning. i'm poppy harlow. >> i'm jim sciutto. right now, behind closed doors, the intelligence community inspector general is set to brief the house intelligence committee on a disturbing whistleblower complaint. one that is raising more questions about how president trump communicates with foreign governments and perhaps what promises he makes to those governments. the inspector general who we should note was appointed by this president, called the complaint an urgent concern. and by law, urgency means it's not a policy disagreement, it's an issue of national security concern. >> cnn has learned that it came from a u.s. intelligence official who was so troubled by something the