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Acting spy chief agrees to testify on whistleblower complaint before House intel panel

Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire has agreed to testify in an open session before the House Intelligence Committee after refusing to comply with Tuesday’s deadline to hand over a whistleblower complaint that had been deemed by the intelligence community inspector general to be “credible and urgent.”

The committee’s chairman, Rep. Adam Schiff, announced Wednesday that Maguire will appear at 9 a.m. on September 26. The California Democrat also announced that the intelligence community inspector general will brief the House committee Thursday behind closed doors about how it handled the whistleblower complaint.

In a subpoena issued last week, Schiff said he would force the acting intelligence chief to testify this Thursday if he did not comply with a request to turn over the complaint and all corresponding records.

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On Tuesday, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence sent letters to Schiff and ranking Republican Rep. Devin Nunes of California, saying not only that Maguire was refusing to provide the requested information — as the complaint “does not meet the definition of ‘urgent concern’ ” — but also that he would not appear before the committee as scheduled because he “is not available on such short notice.”

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