Trump sinks deeper in the muck as second whistleblower comes forth
US President Donald Trump, who is in a whole new vat of soup and faces impeachment, faces more bad news as a second whistleblower stepped forward with what the person’s lawyer said was firsthand knowledge of key events. A text from attorney Mark Zaid has emerged that a second individual could corroborate the original whistleblower’s complaint.
The update comes at a time when the Congress has officially set off an impeachment inquiry into the President. Zaid, who represents both whistleblower, said the new person works in the intelligence field and has spoken to the intelligence community’s internal watchdog. The first whistleblower, who is reported to be a CIA officer, had filed a formal complaint with the inspector general in August.
The document alleged that Trump had used a July telephone call with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to investigate former vice-president Joe Biden and his son Hunter, prompting a White House cover up. While Trump and his supporters deny that he did anything improper, the White House has struggled to come up with a unified response.
The new whistleblower with direct knowledge could undermine efforts by Trump and his allies to discredit the original complaint. A rough transcript of the President’s call with Zelenskiy, released by the White House, has already corroborated the complaint’s central claim that Trump sought to pressure Ukraine on the investigation. Text messages from State Department officials revealed other details, including that Ukraine was promised a visit with Trump if the government would agree to investigate the 2016 election and a Ukrainian gas company tied to Biden’s son.
Member of the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Jim Himes, D-Conn, said word of a second whistleblower indicates a larger shift inside the government. He said, “The president’s real problem is that his behaviour has finally gotten to a place where people are saying, ‘Enough’.”
The Intelligence, Oversight and Foreign Affairs committees have already interviewed Kurt Volker, a former special envoy to Ukraine who provided the text messages, and least two other witnesses are set for depositions this week.
Meanwhile, Trump does what he does best. He tweeted and retweeted, writing “The great Scam is being revealed!” He continues to act like a victim of a “deep state” and hostile Democrats.