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Weekend Reads Trump criticizes supposed second whistleblower

22:35  06 october  2019
22:35  06 october  2019 Source:   thehill.com

Trump demands to meet whistleblower, warns of 'big consequences'

  Trump demands to meet whistleblower, warns of 'big consequences' President Trump on Sunday evening called for the outing of a whistleblower and railed against other individuals, including Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), at the center of a growing scandal involving his phone call with Ukraine's president, warning there could be "big consequences.""Like every American, I deserve to meet my accuser, especially when this accuser, the so-called "Whistleblower," represented a perfect conversation with a foreign leader in a totally inaccurate and fraudulent way. Then Schiff made up what I actually said by lying to Congress," Trump said in a series of tweets.

Donald Trump wearing a suit and tie: Trump criticizes supposed second whistleblower © Aaron Schwartz Trump criticizes supposed second whistleblower

President Trump took aim at a second unnamed intelligence official who is reportedly considering filing a complaint against Trump and testifying before Congress about the president's contacts with Ukraine's president on Saturday.

Trump tweeted that the official, whose identity remains a secret, was a member of the "deep state" conspiracy he has argued is working to undermine his presidency.

Also watch: Second official may blow whistle on Trump (Provided by CityNews)

"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 [Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.). Keep them coming!" Trump tweeted.

Intelligence community watchdog debunks whistleblower conspiracy pushed by Trump and other Republicans

  Intelligence community watchdog debunks whistleblower conspiracy pushed by Trump and other Republicans The intelligence community inspector general is forcefully pushing back against assertions made by President Donald Trump and several Republican lawmakers about the whistleblower complaint that has rocked Washington in recent weeks. In a rare statement released Monday, the inspector general addressed a false claim pushed by Trump and some of his allies on Capitol Hill, including House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy of California and Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, that the whistleblower lacked firsthand knowledge of the conduct outlined in the complaint and therefore the allegations were based on "hearsay.

Trump's referral to "shifty" Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), chair of the House Intelligence Committee, appeared to be a reference to Republican efforts to discredit House Democrats' impeachment inquiry as well as the first whistleblower to raise concerns about his conversations with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

Also watch: Another official considering filing whistleblower complaint - NYT (Provided by Reuters)

Another whistleblower has apparently come forward alleging that 'inappropriate' steps were taking to influence an audit of Trump's taxes

  Another whistleblower has apparently come forward alleging that 'inappropriate' steps were taking to influence an audit of Trump's taxes An August 8 letter, written by House Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal to Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, discusses the allegations. House Ways and Means chairman Richard Neal, the House committee which has jurisdiction over taxes, tariffs, and other social assistance programs, sent a letter to Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin saying that a "Federal employee" submitted an "unsolicited communication" on July 29, 2019, which alleged that there were "'inappropriate efforts to influence'" the mandatory Internal Revenue Service (IRS) audit of Trump's and Vice President Mike Pence's tax returns.

Republicans have argued that the first whistleblower, who met with a member of Schiff's congressional staff before filing a complaint, is a partisan operative who did not have first-hand knowledge of Trump's conversations.

Also watch: Trump lashes out as GOP senators speak out against him (Provided by MSNBC)

Democrats argue that a readout of Trump's July phone call with Zelensky, during which he repeatedly asked Zelensky to open an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden, proved the whistleblower's concerns to be true.

Clinton responds to Trump urging her to run again: 'Don't tempt me' .
Hillary Clinton responded to President Trump's tweet Tuesday suggesting his 2016 Democratic rival should enter the 2020 White House race."Don't tempt me. Do your job," Clinton wrote in a tweet.Don't tempt me. Do your job.- Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) October 8, 2019The former secretary of State, who has run for president twice before, has weighed in on Trump recently while on a tour to promote her new book. "Don't tempt me. Do your job," Clinton wrote in a tweet.

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