September 25, 2019 / 10:54 PM / 22 days ago

Republican U.S. Senator Sasse calls details in whistleblower complaint 'troubling'

FILE PHOTO: U.S. Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE) looks on as U.S. Attorney General William Barr testifies before a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing entitled "The Justice Department's Investigation of Russian Interference with the 2016 Presidential Election." on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., May 1, 2019. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Republican member of the Senate Intelligence Committee on Wednesday said there are “real troubling things here” in a whistleblower’s complaint about President Donald Trump’s conversation with Ukraine’s leader.

Senator Ben Sasse, speaking to reporters upon leaving a secure room for senators to read the complaint, added that “Republicans ought not just circle the wagons” to protect Trump.

Similarly, Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer told reporters that the document was “very troubling.” “There are so many facts that have to be examined,” Schumer said.

Reporting by Richard Cowan; Editing by Leslie Adler

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