A new whistleblower has come forward — through an attorney — to claim first-hand knowledge of the now-infamous call between President Trump and the Ukraine president.
And another lawyer — Andrew Bakaj — representing the first whistleblower now says there are more whistleblowers to come.
President Donald Trump appears to be unconcerned about the second whistleblower who claims to have more allegedly damaging information about his phone call over the summer with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
“The first so-called second hand information ‘Whistleblower’ got my phone conversation almost completely wrong, so now word is they are going to the bench and another ‘Whistleblower’ is coming in from the Deep State, also with second hand info,” the president tweeted dismissively on Saturday night.
“Meet with Shifty. Keep them coming!” he added in mockery of congressional Democrats.
The first so-called second hand information “Whistleblower” got my phone conversation almost completely wrong, so now word is they are going to the bench and another “Whistleblower” is coming in from the Deep State, also with second hand info. Meet with Shifty. Keep them coming!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 6, 2019
Early the next morning, confirmation of the second whistleblower’s existence was provided to ABC News by the two whistleblowers’ shared attorney.
“Mark Zaid, the attorney representing the whistleblower who sounded the alarm on President Donald Trump’s dealings with Ukraine and triggered an impeachment inquiry, tells ABC News that he is now representing a second whistleblower who has spoken with the inspector general,” the outlet reported.
The report continued: “Zaid tells ABC News’ Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos that the second person — also described as an intelligence official — has first-hand knowledge of some of the allegations outlined in the original complaint and has been interviewed by the head of the intelligence community’s internal watchdog office, Michael Atkinson.”
It’s unclear what new information the second whistleblower could possibly provide, given as the president has already released a clear transcript of his otherwise noncontroversial call with Zelensky. It’s also unclear whether the second whistleblower shares the same “political bias” as the first whistleblower.
Following the publication of ABC News’ report, both Zaid and the managing managing partner of the firm handling the case offered additional confirmations via Twitter.
“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. No further comment at this time,” partner Andrew P. Bakaj wrote.
IC WHISTLEBLOWER UPDATE: 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. No further comment at this time. https://t.co/05b5aAVm2G
— Andrew P. Bakaj (@AndrewBakaj) October 6, 2019
NEWS UPDATE: I can confirm this report of a second #whistleblower being represented by our legal team. They also made a protected disclosure under the law and cannot be retaliated against. This WBer has first hand knowledge. https://t.co/zYkUYgJ0mE
— Mark S. Zaid (@MarkSZaidEsq) October 6, 2019
What’s clear from a cursory glance of the Twitter news feeds of Zaid and Bakaj is that both men certainly do share the first whistleblower’s “political bias” against the president.
The president’s premature dismissal of the second complaint — he dismissed it before it was even confirmed to be real — likely stems from how much of a “spectacular political fail” the first whistleblower complaint wound up becoming as the actual facts slowly dripped out.
“President Trump has committed zero crime,” Fox News host Sean Hannity confidently declared late Friday evening. “Zero impeachable offenses, and the Democrats and the mob’s baseless claims are unraveling this hour.”
They were. Slightly earlier that evening, The Federalist obtained a transcript of a congressional hearing held Thursday with former U.S. Special Envoy for Ukraine Kurt Volker. And the contents of the transcript did not look good for Democrats and the dubious impeachment narrative they’ve managed to craft using the first whistleblower complaint.
The complaint falsely states that the president had tried to pressure Zelensky into investigating 2020 contender former Vice President Joe Biden for political purposes. The president has claimed that the real purpose of the no-pressure request had been to root out corruption.
As purported counter-evidence, congressional Democrats pointed to discussions between the president’s attorney Rudy Giuliani and certain Ukrainian officials about a potential Biden investigation.
But during testimony Thursday, Volker “stressed that the interactions between Giuliani and Ukrainian officials were facilitated not to find dirt on Biden, but to assuage concerns that the incoming Ukrainian government would not be able to get a handle on corruption within the country,” according to The Federalist.
The first whistleblower’s complaint and the Democrats’ false impeachment narrative were further blown to smithereens when a batch of Trump administration text messages were released on Friday morning. The messages made it even more clear that the request wasn’t tied to a quid pro quo offer.
The slow release of the actual facts has convinced the president and his supporters that the first whistleblower complaint is just another part of the long-standing “plot” to remove him from office.
The great Scam is being revealed! https://t.co/Ny429UTVUn
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 6, 2019
The president likely believes the same about the latest dubious whistleblower complaint.
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