Joseph Maguire, the acting director of national intelligence under President Donald Trump, reportedly said that he would resign if he was prevented from testifying before Congress about the whistleblower complaint filed against Trump.
Maguire is scheduled to testify Thursday about the complaint. He said he would only refuse to testify if given a legal reason for doing so.
The DNI chief was also upset that the White House prevented him from handing over the complaint to Congress, saying it was outside of his authority to do so.
The intelligence community inspector general, Michael Atkinson, reportedly also told Maguire that the phone call could represent a campaign finance violation, after which Atkinson and Maguire referred the complaint to the Justice Department to be criminally investigated.
Maguire has denied saying that he would resign. “At no time have I considered resigning my position since assuming this role on Aug. 16, 2019,” he said. “I have never quit anything in my life, and I am not going to start now.”
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