Second whistleblower on Trump-Ukraine call, reportedly with firsthand knowledge, to come forward




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  • 2019-10-06 13:33:34Z
  • By Nicholas Wu, USA TODAY
 

WASHINGTON - A second whistleblower "in connection to" the call between President Donald Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, will be coming forward, according to that person's attorney.

"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," tweeted attorney Andrew Bajak, whose firm Compass Rose is also representing the first whistleblower.

Mark Zaid, another Compass Rose lawyer, told ABC News about the firm's representation of a second whistleblower.

ABC News reported that the second whistleblower, "described as an intelligence official - has first-hand knowledge of some of the allegations outlined in the original complaint."

According to ABC, the second whistleblower had already contacted the intelligence community inspector general Michael Atkinson, but had not yet reached out to any of the House Intelligence Community or other congressional committees involved in the impeachment inquiry.

The seven-page-long whistleblower complaint released to the public on Sept. 26 had helped spark an impeachment inquiry by revealing that Trump had pressured Zelensky to open an investigation into his political rival former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden.

The complaint also alleged that White House officials had attempted to "lock down" details of the call.

Republicans had criticized the first whistleblower for not having firsthand knowledge of the call, though the intelligence community inspector general had found the complaint credible, and other information consistent with the complaint was publicly reported.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Impeachment inquiry: Second Trump-Ukraine whistleblower announced

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