A second whistleblower has come forward about U.S. President Donald Trump’s dealings with Ukraine, the lawyer representing the person said.
Mark Zaid told ABC News "This Week" that the individual is from the intelligence community, like the first whistleblower whose complaint regarding a phone call between the U.S. and Ukrainian presidents triggered an impeachment inquiry into Trump.
Zaid, who represents both whistleblowers, said the second person has first hand knowledge of the matter with as well as some of the allegations outlined in the original complaint. He said the second whistleblower has been interviewed by the head of the intelligence community’s internal watchdog office, Michael Atkinson.
Zaid also represents the first whistleblower who filed a complaint involving a July 25 phone call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy in which Trump asked for help investigating a Democratic rival, former Vice President Joe Biden along with Biden’s son, Hunter.
Trump tweeted Saturday, “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!”
Trump has insisted that no pressure was exerted during the July 25 call with Ukraine’s president. He has repeatedly termed the call with Zelenskiy as “perfect,” while attacking his critics as “traitors” and alleging a “coup” is in the works to remove him from office
The president, however, told reporters on Thursday he would like both Ukraine and China to investigate ties between their countries and Biden's son.
Some members of Trump’s own Republican Party criticized Trump over comment. Those included U.S. Senators Mitt Romney, Ben Sasse and Susan Collins.
The president lashed out at Romney on Saturday and Sunday, tweeting “The Democrats are lucky that they don’t have any Mitt Romney types. They may be lousy politicians, with really bad policies [Open Borders, Sanctuary Cities etc.], but they stick together!”
The first whistleblower complaint prompted House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi to launch impeachment proceedings against Trump, saying that his actions threatened national security.
The complaint alleges Trump used “the power of his office to solicit interference from a foreign country in the 2020 election," and that Attorney General Bill Barr and Trump’s personal attorney, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, also appear to be involved in the effort.