Justice Department knew about whistleblower complaint involving Trump more than a week before referral

(CNN)Justice Department national security lawyers were first alerted to the whistleblower complaint regarding President Donald Trump’s conduct involving Ukraine more than a week before the formal referral, officials briefed on the matter told CNN on Thursday. Justice Department lawyers went to the White House to review the transcript of the call. They then alerted officials at the Justice Criminal Division and the Deputy Attorney General’s Office that Attorney General William Barr was mentioned on the call. Barr was informed later that his name was mentioned. It would be over a week before the inspector general for the intelligence community officially referred the matter to the Justice Department. The Justice Department did not comment on this story when reached by CNN. …