Attorney: Second whistleblower has firsthand knowledge

The Capitol in Washington is seen at dawn, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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The attorney for the original whistleblower, Mark Zaid, appears to be taking on a second whistleblower. He told the press on Sunday the second person is also an intelligence official who has firsthand knowledge of some of the allegations against President Trump.

News of a second whistleblower first came to light on Friday in a New York Times report. This second person has reportedly been interviewed by the head of the Intelligence Committee, but has not yet spoken with Congress. The attorney said both officials have the full protection of the law against legal retaliation.

The original whistleblower complaint centered on a July phone call, during which President Trump asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden. House Democrats launched an impeachment inquiry in September to investigate the situation.

President Trump has refuted any accusations of wrongdoing and took to Twitter in response to this new witness.

The president’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, has said allegations surrounding the Ukraine phone call are part of an orchestrated Democrat campaign to take down President Trump.

 

Giuliani recently announced he may sue House Democrats over the impeachment inquiry, claiming their actions have violated President Trump’s civil and constitutional rights.

“This is worse than McCarthy,” said Giuliani. “This is an illicit, rogue impeachment proceeding.”