2nd Whistleblower Backs Complaint About Trump’s Dealings With Ukraine: Lawyer

Trump Says Rick Perry Convinced Him to Call Zelensky in July - Reports

Mark Zaid, the attorney representing the first whistleblower, told ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos that a second intelligence official has spoken to the Inspector General, and that this person has "first-hand knowledge of some of the allegations outlined in the original complaint", according to ABC.

If the president continues to behave the way he has, worrying White House officials with his inappropriate interactions with world leaders, more whistleblowers may indeed come forward.

The president, however, told reporters on Thursday he would like both Ukraine and China to investigate ties between their countries and Biden's son.

The New York Times reported Friday that a second intelligence official with concerns and more direct knowledge regarding Trump's dealings with Ukraine was considering filing a whistleblower complaint.

The second whistle-blower hasn't yet communicated with the congressional committees conducting an impeachment investigation into Trump, ABC News reported.

The first whistleblower suggested, in a seven-page complaint, that Trump used his office for personal gain by pressuring Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate a potential election opponent, former Vice President Joe Biden.

Hunter Biden served on the board of Burisma, a Ukrainian gas company, at the same time his father was leading the Obama administration's diplomatic dealings with Ukraine.

The texts show US ambassadors working to persuade Ukraine to publicly commit to investigating Trump's political opponents and explicitly linking the inquiry to whether Ukraine's president would be granted an official White House visit.

A leading candidate for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, Biden wrote in The Washington Post that he had a message for Trump and "those who facilitate his abuses of power". Roy Blunt of Missouri said: "I doubt the China comment is serious". "You won't destroy me, and you won't destroy my family".

In a Twitter message on October 5, Trump suggested that Democrats are using the second whistleblower to patch up the issues surrounding the first anonymous complainant.

In response to news of an additional whistleblower, Sen. Mr Trump says it's a witch-hunt and he did nothing wrong.

Energy Secretary Rick Perry had encouraged Trump to speak with the Ukrainian leader, but on energy and economic issues, according to Perry spokeswoman Shaylyn Hynes. The person said Trump did not suggest that Perry had anything to do with the pressure to investigate the Bidens.

Hynes says Perry's interest in Ukraine is part of US efforts to boost Western energy ties to Eastern Europe.

The impeachment inquiry stems from the call, which was flagged up by the initial whistleblower in August. The exchange between former Reps. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) said Republicans were going to "wild lengths" to avoid being subjected to Twitter tirades like the one Romney has faced in recent days, in which the president called the Utah Republican "pompous" and an "ass". Sanford tried to make the case that moving forward with impeachment in the Democratic-run House if the Republican-controlled Senate doesn't have the votes to convict would be counter-productive.

"This president needs to be impeached, just based on what he himself has said", Walsh said.

Rep. Jim Himes of CT, appearing on CBS' "Face the Nation", predicted that more staff members in sensitive positions would either initiate whistleblower complaints or provide damaging information to the news media.

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