Trump impeachment: Second Whistleblower Emerges

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Trump impeachment: Second whistleblower emerges

A second whistleblower has come forward in the impeachment case against US President Donald Trump, according to lawyers representing the first one. Mark Zaid told ABC News the second person was also an intelligence official and they had spoken to the inspector general.

The White House has made no direct comment. President Trump has repeatedly rejected the original complaint. No details have been released about the second whistleblower’s claims.

However, Mr Zaid said the person had first-hand knowledge of allegations associated with the phone call Mr Trump made with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on 25 July.

The impeachment inquiry stems from the call, which was flagged up by the initial whistleblower in August.

On Friday, the New York Times reported that a second person was considering coming forward who had “more direct information” about the events surrounding the call. It is not yet known if this is the person represented by Mr Zaid.

Mr Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani tweeted that he was not surprised there was another “secret source”, calling the inquiry politically motivated and lashing out at the “swamp media”.

What difference could a second report make?

The Democrat-led investigating committee is eager to speak to someone who witnessed the call directly or has more information. They are hopeful that this could be that person.

The second source has not yet filed an official complaint or spoken to the committee.

However, the New York Times says the person spoke to the intelligence community’s inspector general, who has reportedly been seeking to corroborate the first testimony.


The White House insists it has been open and it released a transcript of the call, after the concerns came to light. However, investigators point out that this was only a partial transcript. They have subpoenaed the State Department for more documents related to the call.

On Saturday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he would comply with the request, but complained that his staff were being harassed.


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6 COMMENTS

  1. This whole thing is predicated upon the acts of Joe Biden as Vice President, representing the people of the USA, not himself. He openly bragged about extorting the firing of the prosecutor that was refusing to drop the already completed investigation and filing. There is NO right given to Joe Biden because he is a “candidate” to hide his former official acts.

    It’s looks like Joe came up with the scheme and Hunter, fresh out of rehab., was his way to launder the money. There is nothing that give Joe Biden a free pass from Trump and the people of the US finding out how Joe (under color of office) extorted and made more corruption in Ukraine, not less.

    • Perhaps Biden is corrupt. But doesn’t it seem odd that it didn’t come up until he appeared to be the frontrunner in the campaign against trump ? And of all the targets across the spectrum in the senate or tons of corrupt foreign interests, he just happened to bring up Biden. He could go after tons of people, but not a political opponent. Not using foreign influence with our money. he would have been safer starting a war in Belize so he could build a hotel. It’s a dumb move by any standard. Rookie mistake. And all of the other mice followed him into the bucket. It’s the dumbest thing since shining flashlights on the other side of full view windows in your opponents office during a break-in. And that is a very distant second,.

  2. Even if Trump pressured Ukraine to restart the criminal probe into Biden it’s all perfectly legal. It’s all a big distraction and it looks to me that the dems are intentionally coming up with these fake allegations of things that aren’t even illegal. I think they want a second Trump term and after that they’ll get their 2 terms again.
    All just show to distract the people from the things that really matter.

    • Place the bong on the table and put your hands out to your sides, slowly turn around, and get on your knees. Grab your tablet and read the VT achives regarding President Trump.Now wake up!

    • I agree that this is within bounds…big time. Joe Binen acted under color of office and bragged about extorting the firing (which stoped the prosecution of Burista Holdings owner). Joe was not simply a citizen that happened to run for office later, he was the VP and had a duty to give his honest services. Since those honest services were to stop corruption in Ukraine, and instead he was part of it, he is ripe to be exposed. Trump is right on this one