Second Whistleblower in Trump-Ukraine Scandal Comes Forward: Lawyer

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A second whistleblower has come forward about President Donald Trump’s attempts to get the Ukrainian president to investigate a political rival, lawyers for the official said on Sunday.

Lawyer Mark Zaid said the person, also an intelligence official, has first-hand knowledge of some of the allegations involving the initial whistleblower complaint, which triggered impeachment proceedings against the Republican president.

The second official has been interviewed by the intelligence community’s inspector general, Michael Atkinson, Zaid said.

The first whistleblower complaint, filed with the inspector general on Aug. 12, cited information received from half a dozen U.S. officials expressing concern that Trump was using the power of his office to solicit interference from a foreign country as he seeks re-election a second term in 2020.

It also alleged that Trump leveraged $400 million in aid to secure a promise from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to investigate a Democratic rival, former Vice President Joe Biden, and his son Hunter Biden, who served as a director on a Ukrainian energy company.

“I can confirm that my firm and my team represent multiple whistleblowers in connection to the underlying August 12, 2019, disclosure to the Intelligence Community Inspector General,” Andrew Bakaj, a second lawyer, said on Twitter.

Mark Zaid said on Twitter that the second whistleblower “also made a protected disclosure under the law and cannot be retaliated against.” He told ABC News earlier the second official has been interviewed by the inspector general.

Confirmation of a second whistleblower followed stirrings of discontent within Trump’s own Republican Party after he called on China on Friday to investigate Biden’s son, who had business dealings in China.

Republican U.S. Senators Mitt Romney, Ben Sasse and Susan Collins expressed concerns about Trump reaching out to foreign countries to help him in his 2020 re-election bid.

However, other Republicans stood firmly in support of Trump on Sunday, echoing the president’s insistence that the call was not significant.

Trump railed against the “do-nothing” Democrats’ impeachment on Sunday on Twitter with a string of retweets from supporters, touting his high approval ratings among Republicans and reprising his criticism of Romney.

The telephone call with Zelenskiy, a summary of which was released by the White House, and the whistleblower complaint prompted House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi to launch an impeachment inquiry on Sept. 24. She said Trump’s attempts to solicit foreign interference jeopardized U.S. election integrity and threatened national security.

Democrats said any finding that Trump withheld taxpayer money, already approved by Congress to help Ukraine, in exchange for a favor from Zelenkiy would strengthen the case against him.

Trump has maintained there was no “quid pro quo” in his request of the Ukrainian president, but text messages released by congressional committees leading the inquiry showed otherwise.

The committees released the texts involving Trump’s Ukraine envoy, Kurt Volker, after he testified behind closed doors on Thursday.

The committees this week expect to hear from another U.S. diplomat, Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland, a committee official confirmed on Sunday. Sondland worked closely with Volker and Trump’s personal lawyer Rudolph Giuliani on the Ukraine effort.

(Reporting by Valerie Volcovici; Editing by Doina Chiacu and Sandra Maler)

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General Confusion
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“This is about crimes Biden and his son committed in the past.” Rob Carpenter

No it isn’t because they did no crimes. King Donald The Loser is the criminal here.

General Confusion
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“You would certainly be less confused if you had said:YOU CAN NEITHER IGNORE NOR CONNECT SOMETHING just because you don’t like the implications of something ending badly.

After all it goes both ways wouldn’t you agree?” Morte206

No. King Donald The Loser is just making stuff up, so we have no reason to believe or trust one word that he says.

Rob Carpenter
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This has got nothing to do with “political Rivalry”, As the Dems say “No one is above the law.” This includes Biden and his son, This is about crimes Biden and his son committed in the past. Media keeps wanting to act like it is because Biden is running against Trump. Thereby trying to help Biden get away with crimes. We know full well Biden is guilty of crimes as he admitted to it even boasted about it. Trump is draining the swamp and this is the swamp fighting back.

Morte206
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Tracy: because my response to your post below was covered by a second response I reposted your original comment and my comment as well.

Tracy: I want to be a whistleblower.

I heard someone left the toilet up seat in the White House. It had to be President Trump.

I should probably get hold of Adam Shiff.

Morte206: Of course it was Trump after all any truly “woke” man wouldn’t leave the seat up as that is a fundamental display of the worst kind of sexism, or didn’t you know that. ** EVETY OUNCE OF MASSIVE SNARK WAS INTENDED **

General Confusion
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“It’s not there. I read the transcript and the complaint.” Kay

I am confused, Kay.

What “it” isn’t there? Do you mean King Donald The Loser asking a foreign government to dig up dirt on his political opponent? Because THAT “it” is certainly there. How did you miss that?

“You cannot connect something because you wish it was so.” Kay

What you should have said is that you can’t IGNORE something just because you don’t like the implications of something ending badly.

General Confusion
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Our intelligence (?) agencies work for the deep state.

I am confused.

If you can’t believe or trust the nation’s intelligence services, just who is it that you DO trust?

william jackson
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Our intelligence (?) agencies work for the deep state.

Mark Simmons
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“A second whistleblower has come forward” …except s/he didn’t. They sent their lawyer out there who wouldn’t divulge who they are or what they claimed to say or know. That’s NOT coming forward. This is playing out as attempted coup 2.0, not anything legitimate. Represented by the same attorney as the first complaint. What are the odds? The same attorney Schiff’s Office referred the first complainant to use. Huh. This attorney is compelled to hold a press conference to tell us there is more than one complaint, but he can’t tell us how many or what they claim to know.… Read more »

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